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Who got the furthest in Rick Nash talks? Ottawa

Jul 3, 2012, 10:54 AM EDT

Rick Nash, Vladimir Sobotka, T.J.Oshie AP

It’s too bad Rick Nash decided against going to the Ottawa Senators because they were apparently the team that got the furthest in trying to acquire him.

Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports that of the many suitors for Nash’s talents, the Senators had progressed furthest in talks with the Blue Jackets to land him.

Ottawa is not on Nash’s preferred list, either, and the Senators have publicly pulled themselves out of the running. GM Bryan Murray told Sportsnet yesterday that he’s not “chasing.” That’s a setback to the process, as source say the Blue Jackets got deeper into talks with the Senators than any other club. It was in those talks that the Marc Methot – for – Nick Foligno idea was born, a trade that was consummated yesterday.

At least both teams got something out of the process.

Portzline goes on to say the Rangers, Sharks, Hurricanes and Red Wings are into the mix for Nash, but Carolina is not on his preferred list of  teams. Perhaps that could change with Jordan Staal there now. Philly too is believed to have interest.

Don’t expect this situation to change anytime before things get settled out with Zach Parise, however, as the Canes, Wings, and Flyers are all in on Parise. Once he’s signed, trade talks can get more serious as teams assess the situation.

  1. hockeyd40 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    If the flyers don’t get Parise and he goes the the Penguins, then they WILL get Nash or Ryan. You can bet on it

  2. sheepsleepdeep - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    since when are the canes in on parise? pens, devils, or blackhawks are getting him. and the idea of playing wing to Sid Crosby for the next 10 years has to be the most enticing offer for him, and Sid has been dying for a winger since he got a taste of Hossa.

    • melonheadsdaddy - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      Sids also a whiny little brat with a head that’s about as soft as a down comforter. You can have parise…Philly needs D not another over priced winger with a lebron like ego…let’s see where his talents end up and how many teams get effed in the A waiting for his “decision”.

      • hockeyfan1701 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:00 PM

        Wow…could you talk out of your rear end anymore?

  3. hockeyd40 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    @sheepsleepdeep Sid won’t be healthy enough to play with Parise all season long. And the Flyers offered the most money and you forgot about the Minnesota Wild his hometown.

  4. mathieug79 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    I dont understand why Nash wouldn’t want to play for OTTAWA? they have a smart coach, he would get 30-40 goals season getting the puck from spezza, actually spezza got Heatley 50 goals season, So why not go to Ottawa, you have to think Ottawa is in great shape, they have a Norris trophy winner, they have great prospects coming up. WHy not Ottawa? Ottawa is 5 year ahead of Columbus in their rebuild.

    • hockinj25 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      Every team is ahead of Columbus at this point. Compared to the Wings,Rangers, and Flyers, the Senators aren’t as intriguing because they aren’t going to have as good of a chance to win Cups in the next couple of years.

      • coconutman1 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

        I agree, Ottawa is on it’s way up, but it still has a ways to go, especially if they lose Alfredson. I think Nash is looking for a strong cup contender now, not so much looking for a center to get him points (although that’s always a plus).

      • mathieug79 - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:54 PM

        I still think this Ottawa team, with or without Rick Nash, will surprise alot of teams next year. They might not be apealing to UFA’s but when you have a smart coach like Mou-mou-moustachheee anything is possible. I think they are only 1-2 pieces away from being contenders. IMO the rangers, and phillies are in the same boat, philly being very young. Rangers are leaning on Lundquvist too much. I think Ottawa with Robyn Lehner coming up, they are only a few key peices away from being real contenders (not just for 1year, for a long time). for the record im a Lightning fan and have been since 1993 haha i like their direction as well.

  5. bcisleman - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Howson needs to stand firm. He owes it to CBJ fans not to accept the spare parts teams on Nash’s list are offering. He must make it clear to Nash and his agent that if they do not accept offers from teams like OTT, Nash will very likely be on the CBJ roster come the Fall and will be suspended if he fails to report.

    • stakex - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      You said this before, and it makes no sense.

      Nash does not want to play for Columbus (who can blame him?) and hes made that VERY clear. Of course he will show up and play if hes not traded, but do you honestly think thats an option that works for anyone? Columbus doesn’t want to pay a guy $7.8 million next season to play half hearted. Not to mention how awkward that locker room would be since all his teammates know Nash wants to get off this sinking ship.

      Don’t do what Howson has done and make the mistake of thinking Nash is as valuable as his cap hit would have you believe. Hes a solid player, but hes not a great player…. and Howson is asking a great player price.

  6. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    sid would smack your mother in her mouth then poop on her chest and she would ask for more

    • stakex - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      So your saying Crosby hits women?

      Classy.

    • kitshky - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      …ok come on, how does THAT not get this lil twerp banned!?

    • flyers22 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      ^ this clown is just mad because of what giroux did to his boyfriend crosby in the playoffs.

      • vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:07 PM

        you philthy fans love blowing girioux over one good game. just imagine if u lived in hockeytown where you can watch highlight reels everynight

    • flyers22 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      i do its called philadelphia which is one of the best sports cities in america and has some of the most loyal fans for all of its sports teams so if u wanna talk about that why dont we talk about how your franchise was about to move to kansas city because of the lack of fan support? im glad they didnt move to kansas city because its a great rivalry but stop coming on here and posting ignorant comments. oh by the way it’s GIROUX I know if you actually were a pittsburgh fan you would know how to spell his name because im sure it comes up plenty on your local sports station when they play the flyers or maybe when you go to buy nhl 13 you will see him on the cover.

  7. semin28 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Why not the caps? We got plenty of money with Wideman gone, Semin possibly leaving, and Mike Ribiero basically for free. Caps have prox. $20,000,000 to buy out Nash OR Yagr.

  8. tackledummy1505 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    I hope in all honesty Rick Nash isn’t a Flyer at the end of this. For 2 main reason. My number 1 reason is because the Flyers are going to have to part ways with our great rookies from this past season and I don’t believe Nash is better than Couts in 2 years. 2nd is Nash hasn’t really lived up to the superstar tag. Reminds me of Danny B on the Flyers now. I would rather have Bobby Ryan. Plus Ryan will be a little cheaper to get than Nash and has showed interest in coming here

  9. tackledummy1505 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    I hope in all honesty Rick Nash isn’t a Flyer at the end of this. For 2 main reason. My number 1 reason is because the Flyers are going to have to part ways with our great rookies from this past season and I don’t believe Nash is better than Couts in 2 years. 2nd is Nash hasn’t really lived up to the superstar tag. Reminds me of Danny B on the Flyers now. I would rather have Bobby Ryan. Plus Ryan will be a little cheaper to get than Nash and has showed interest in coming here

  10. ineedmorehossa - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    “I will do whatever is best for the team”… guess not

  11. pkswally024 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Everyone keeps saying how enticing it would be to play with Cindy for the next ten years. Tell me, who actually believes he’ll play even half that long?

    • vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      if he doesnt, hell still have more points in his career than your fav player. jackass

  12. stakex - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Heres the thing. This was always just a ploy by Columbus to pump up the trade value of Nash. Ottawa was never on Nash’s list of teams he would accept a trade to, and thats was never going to change.

    So talk about a Nash trade with a team that Nash would never go to anyway? Columbus is over a barrel since they are forced to trade him to a team on his list. Right now, it sounds like the Rangers are the only ones on his list that are really hot after him, and they won’t meet the price Columbus wants. So Columbus is going to do everything they can, including dealing with teams that Nash will never go to, in order to make the demand seem higher then it is.

    In the end though, Columbus will come down from Mt. Delusional and accept a fair offer for Nash. They won’t have much choice since they HAVE to trade him, and the couple teams he is willing to go to know that.

    • coconutman1 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      Agreed, Columbus is working from a point of weakness, so other teams have all the leverage. I don’t think there’s a big hurry to get a deal done now, just before the season starts. Teams are waiting each other out hoping the situation resolves favorably for them and trying to gain an advantage. When Parise is signed, demand will go up and we might see a trade, but it’s not guaranteed to be soon.

  13. savior72 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Nash can’t take a hit. YouTube Oshie hits Nash, sit back and enjoy

    • hockinj25 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      So he got hit. Big deal. I’m pretty sure every hockey to ever play has been rocked at least once.

  14. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    only when they give him lip. SOUP CAN THICK SINCE 8-7 87

  15. mclovinhockey - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Flyers wot get Nash, way over priced, both in cash and what the jackets war for him.

    Now that the ducks have gotten some D, I am sure they would LOVE to have some talent in O from Philly. I could honestly see Philly giving up Read and Voracek… Maybe MAB as well. That’s IS worth more than Ryan.
    Read is a 25 goal scorer on a 3rd line. He is less than a mill a year and an RFA
    Voracek may be one of the best young talents in the game. Honestly, this guy just needs a chance to break out. We saw how good this guy is. Not saying he will be half as good but last year I kept thinking he looks a lot like giroux in his rookie year. Yeah Voracek is not a rookie, but he may just be a late bloomer. All honesty, voracek may have a better future than Ryan. If the flyers offer this trade and the ducks do not take it, the ducks will regret it in the future.
    It would be cool to have play in his hometown. Not many Americans ever get a chance to play from their home town.

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