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Rick Nash might have to put up with Columbus going into training camp

Jul 15, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

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There’s no progress on the Rick Nash trade front. There’s not even so much as a rumor concerning a team interested in acquiring him. GM Scott Howson’s demands are reportedly sky high and some teams, like Carolina, have taken themselves out of the hunt. Meanwhile, Nash’s list of teams he’d agree to go to has Canada feeling left out.

If that sounds awkward, it might just get more uncomfortable soon enough. Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch notes today that things might wind up being uneasy if Nash is still a Blue Jacket when training camp arrives in September. Portzline says Nash would have a couple of options if this turns out to be the case.

Nash could attend training camp, which would be an awkward scene, attracting widespread media attention. Or he could stage the first Blue Jackets’ training camp holdout since Nikolay Zherdev missed three weeks while threatening to play in Russia before the 2006-07 season.

Nash and Zherdev in the same sentence? There’s an unlikely and ignominious pairing in Columbus history if there ever was one. Zherdev wound up being a frustrating first-round bust for Columbus while Nash has easily been the best player the organization has had. About the only thing that could help slow down a potentially awkward autumn is a lockout and that might wind up happening whether he’s dealt or not.

  1. mclovinhockey - Jul 15, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    If there’s a cap roll back like the last article suggested… Nash won’t be getting traded ever….

    • ecmar2000 - Jul 15, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      Did anybody ever consider that Howson is in WAY over his head? He keeps mentioning that Nash is an elite player (maybe he once was, but with the organization’s suck-a-tude in drafting and developing – they couldn’t develop Pam Anderson with 50 lbs. of silicone in each, err, mammary – Nash, IMO, either by the level of suck around him or the team, overall, is an All-Star, NOT an elite player.

      But let’s “assume” Nash is an elite player – then maybe, just maybe, SH, you should keep your said ‘elite’ player, and for once, BUILD a team around him.

      Of course, there’s one BIG problem, here – Nash has requested to be traded. But, given SH denying interest in Bernier, throwing Nash under the bus, and taking a playoff team to the 30th position, does anyone think Howson harbors some blame in all of this? Or, does anyone trust anything that comes out of his pie hole?

      Finally, does he even know what he wants in return for Nash?

      To answer all of those 3 questions in one response: “Epic fail!”

  2. capesouth - Jul 15, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    The whole Nash thing has become so overblown. I understand, and it is obvious, that this is going to be drawn out and the blue jackets are in no rush. So, because there won’t be any meaningful updates in the near future, we are going to get these forced Nash stories based on ‘what ifs’. Not necessarily blaming this site because a lot of the time, PHT is just relaying information but I for one am sick of all the Nash talk. At this point, I don’t care until he actually gets traded. Any other sort of ‘update’ is worthless and just meant to kill time…

  3. rockthered1286 - Jul 15, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    I want Nash and Dwight Howard to end up in the same city so I can laugh hysterically at a city who gave up the world for 2 of the biggest crybabies in sports. “well I want to be traded but only to a contender and only in these select cities and only If I’m paired with all star players and wah wah wah.” personally I hope wherever Nash goes suffers and misses the playoffs. I hate these guys with the prima donna attitudes (not saying Howson isn’t the culprit here) that are more concerned with joining a team who has drafted well and built from the ground up but has a problem with their current team who drafted well by picking them and won’t give them the Ensor of a doubt to build the team up.

    • bluessince1991 - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      Big difference between Nash and Howard. Nash has a no trade clause, he should be able to use it as desired. I also have not heard about him publicly complaining. Yes he asked for a trade that happens all the time, but those typically get resolved somewhat easily. Fact is Howson is an idiot and has no business being a GM. He has made this a bigger mess than it should be. Howard on the other hand doesn’t have a no trade clause and is holding the magic hostage by saying he won’t agree to stay anywhere other than Brooklyn. Whatever team trades for Nash gets the guarantee he’s committed, same cannot be said about Howard.

    • bluessince1991 - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      The Blue Jackets have also drafted like crap the past few years and every year they start ‘rebuilding’ around Nash. Yes they made an effort with Carter last year, that lasted a whole 8 months and they gave up. Put yourself in his place, how many times could you be told about rebuilding and be fine with it.

  4. rockthered1286 - Jul 15, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Obviously benefit of a doubt. Not quite sure why my phone changed it to Ensor nor do I know what Ensor refers to…

    • kitshky - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      “Ensor refers to …uhh…youre mother!” – every comment section troll everywhere.

  5. stakex - Jul 15, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    I’m still willing to bet big bucks that Nash will be traded before camp starts. Keeping him on the roster isn’t an option for exactly this reason… the “awkward factor”. The guys not going to walk away from $7.8 million and Columbus doesn’t want to pay someone that kind of money whos unhappy and under performing. Its a no win situation for everyone, and if Howson wants to cling to his job a little bit longer he’ll make sure Nash is moved.

    Howson was clearly hoping that once the big name free agents were gone, there would be a Rick Nash bidding war and he would get a sky high return. Clearly that hasn’t happened, so now one has to think the price for Nash will fall back down to the “not completely laughable” range.

  6. bcisleman - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Howson is under no obligation to move Nash. If there IS a season and Nash DOES hold out, Howson will suspend him and toll his contract. Nash has a bigger interest in getting a deal done than Howson does. He will need to expand his list so that teams like OTT can bid. That will force teams on the list to stop offering spare parts and acting like they are making fair offers.

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