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Report: Nash might expand list of teams he’d accept a trade to

Jul 3, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT

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The Ottawa Senators wanted Rick Nash and they apparently got further along in the negotiating process than any other franchise. However, Nash doesn’t want to play for Ottawa, so Senators GM Bryan Murray has pulled himself out of the running.

Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson is having a hard enough time finding a team willing to meet his high demands for Nash. It doesn’t help that he has to negotiate with a hand tied behind his back because of Nash’s no-movement clause.

The good news for Howson is that things might get a little easier pretty soon. The Ottawa Sun is reporting that Nash might be willing to expand the list of teams he’d accept a trade to if he’s still a member of the Blue Jackets by mid-July.

It’s not clear if Nash will expand his list of preferred destinations to include the Ottawa Senators, but any additional flexibility on his part would increase the odds of him being dealt.

Of course, the big question is if Howson is willing to go into the 2012-13 campaign with Nash, even though he wants to be traded. Unless Howson is okay with Nash playing for them under those circumstances, he will probably have to lower his asking price at some point.

  1. bcisleman - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Howson HAS to be ready to have Nash on the roster…or suspend him & toll his contract if he refuses to report. That is precisely what OTT did with Alexei Yashin, At the time, Yash was about the same age and had comparable stats. OTT suspended him when he refused to report and eventually traded him for Zdeno Chara and the 2nd overall pick that became Jason Spezza. Howson can get a fair price for Nash, but only if he hangs tough.

    • stakex - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      You are seriouslly hopeless.

      Nash wouldn’t refuse to play if not traded (would you pass up $8 million?), and I have no idea why you can’t drop that. However no one wants a guy playing for their team who REALLY doesn’t want to be there. Its poisonous to the whole team, and its worse when the guy has a monster cap hit.

      So get a grip on reality man. Nash has to be traded and Columbus is gonna have to come back to reality themselves on the price.

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    And in accordance Scott Howson has now upped his asking price to 3 sure fire hall of famers, 2 borderline hall of famers, a Wayne Gretzky rookie card in mint condition and 4 first round picks.

    • obamablowz - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:43 PM

      U forgot Jeff Carter in the deal

  3. kingfooj - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Well there’s one step in the right direction..

  4. cowboyscanada - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Go get him Montreal!!

    • uscthom78 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:12 PM

      They won’t. He doesn’t speak French.

  5. ravenscaps48 - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    KHL Teams? Hahahaha

  6. buffalomafia - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Don’t count Buffalo out!

  7. sjsharks66 - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    He is going to the sharks.

    • uscthom78 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:13 PM

      If true, then adios to Couture, Pavelski and Clowe.

  8. stakex - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Sounds like another negotiation ploy by Columbus to try and pump up Nash’s value.

    We all know the team that REALLY wants Nash is the Rangers. They refuse to meet the joke demands Columbus has, and probably figure once everyone else stop laughing at Columbus they will crawl back and accept a reasonable offer. So in an effort to force the Rangers hand, Columbus lets it “leak” that Nash is going to bring more teams into the mix. If the Rangers are that determined to get Nash, they might up their offer a little bit if they think other teams are coming into the mix.

    The big question however, is if this is even true. Even if it is true, its still likely they won’t find a team willing to accept any deal Columbus currently wants.

  9. meynbass - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    About time…..

  10. buffalo72 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Four Gretzkys and one first rounder.

  11. pantherpro - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Come west to Sharks!

    Kings Suck!

  12. sergio408 - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    San Jose would almost certainly have to include Joe Pavelski and/or Ryane Clowe, a first round draft pick, and a goaltender or top prospect in order to land Nash.

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