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Will the CBA uncertainty be a roadblock in CBJ’s efforts to trade Nash?

Jul 15, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT

Rick Nash AP

We recently discussed the possibility of Rick Nash still being a member of the Blue Jackets by the time training camp starts. As awkward as that might be for Columbus, there are a few reasons to be less optimistic about the possibility of Nash being dealt.

Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch touched on one of the big roadblocks: The ongoing CBA negotiations.

Until we have a new CBA, it’s hard to know what the salary cap will be next season, but based on recent reports, it sounds like the owners might attempt to significantly lower the ceiling. With that in mind, it’s hard for interested parties to accurately determine if they can afford Nash’s $7.8 million annual cap hit.

Compounding the problem is that we don’t know when the next CBA will be signed. If teams are reluctant to sacrifice key prospects and players to acquire Nash from Columbus until they know where they stand CBA-wise, they might need to wait for a while. The current CBA isn’t set to expire until Sept. 15 and it’s possible that this issue might push back the start of training camp.

In other words, the summer could be over by the time the GMs have a good grasp of what the salary cap will look like going forward and that’s just another reason why Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson might not be able to find anyone willing to agree to his reportedly high asking price for Nash.

  1. babar61 - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Howson and his ridiculous asking price is the roadblock that is and will continue to stop the Rick Nash trade.

    • ecmar2000 - Jul 16, 2012 at 6:58 AM

      Finally, here’s one person who ‘gets it’ regarding the CBJ and especially their GM.

      Now I’m sure some of the apologists (here on PHT) will defend the GM by saying (as he’s a lawyer – must have been a really crappy one) he kept that in mind when gauging the necessary return for Nash – must be why he took a playoff team to that elusive 30th position.

      Oh wait, “the players decide”, “it’s in the room”, “the players will determine whether our fortunes improve” “I believe in these guys” – note, NEVER blame accepted by him for HIS mess.

  2. Eberwizzle - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    They haven’t been able to trade him in a year….don’t think this will have much to do with his trade value

  3. highlander24 - Jul 15, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    If this was true then how come trades have been going on left and right for weeks? I agree, it’s because of poor negotiation procedure and a high asking price.

  4. watchfullhose - Jul 15, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    @Eberwizzle- if by “one year” you mean 5 months (most of which contact between teams was not permitted), then yes…you are correct.

  5. sonofsuzycreamcheese - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    It’d be interesting to see them lower it. Be fun to see teams bring up younger talent and fit them into the system. If it did go through, what would happen to teams that are right at the cap currently?

  6. mclovinhockey - Jul 15, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    As I said in the last 3 articles about Nash or the CBA yea

  7. icdogg - Jul 15, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    If they’re seriously thinking of reducing the cap below it’s present limit, it would be crazy to trade for him.

    Either they are putting themselves in a bad cap situation by taking on his contract, or if they’re in great cap shape, they would be better off waiting until there is more of a seller’s market following the cap reduction.

  8. Doesnotmatter - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    The problem is that Nash has only 6 teams on his ‘list’. And while these teams are stacked with talent they don’t want to give up too much. Nash already refused a trade to Ottawa. He might have turned down a move to LA before last years deadline. The Kings then took Carter off Howson’s hands. This would be the time when a good GM goes to the player and asks him to be patient. Nash still has a contract with Columbus. A big one. He’s still getting his money.

  9. jacketsfan7 - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    It’ll definitely be a huge factor in Nash trying to be moved , we just have to wait and see what plays out

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