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Report: Sharks, Blue Jackets haven’t talked about Nash in “months”

Jul 18, 2012, 10:56 PM EDT

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There have been no discussions on the Rick Nash trade front between the San Jose Sharks and Columbus Blue Jackets in “months,” according to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area’s source.

The problem is that Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson wants Logan Couture in return, which isn’t acceptable to the Sharks. Couture had more goals and points than Nash last season, is about five years younger, and is about to start a very affordable two-year, $5,750,000 contract.

On the other hand, Nash comes with a $7.8 million annual cap hit, which is particularly unappealing given the current CBA uncertainty. That being said, Nash has scored at least 27 goals in each of the last eight seasons despite the fact that he’s rarely had much of a supporting cast. If he were paired up with Joe Thornton, he might have one of the best seasons of his career.

I don’t think he’s worth Couture in the salary cap era — and it’s likely the Blue Jackets were asking for other pieces on top of Couture if the previous reports about the Blue Jackets’ asking price are to be believed — but if Howson lowers his demands, then it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Sharks resume their pursuit of him.

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  1. crosberries - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Shows they think couture could be the face of their franchise some. I like the way he plays leads by example

    • sjshark714 - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      He would be. But the fact that they think Nash is worth Couture PLUS extras makes me worry about who is running the show in Columbus. Couture is Younger, had a better season, has way more upside, and is WAY cheaper… BTW… because Couture is about to start a $2.75 million two year deal… not $5.75 million. If they want Couture, this because a Couture trade, with Nash being the secondary player… and COLUMBUS needs to provide additional compensation

  2. sjsharks66 - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Would rather have Logan over Rick anyday. Once Thornton and Marleau retire. I would like to see Logan be a leader. Although if Clowe is still a shark when Jumbo and Patty retire I hope he takes the C.

    • ron05342 - Jul 19, 2012 at 12:12 AM

      Yup, A “C” for Clown would be fitting for such a franchise…perhaps he can “lead by example” too and have the entire team attempt to play the puck from the bench.

  3. gmenfan1982 - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Couture is the real deal. Love the way he plays. Finds the puck.

  4. sjsharks66 - Jul 19, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Lol yes he can have the entire team commit a minor penalty. Oh no, watch out! 2 minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct.

  5. stakex - Jul 19, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    In what world would the Sharks have ever traded Logan Couture, and I’m sure Howson wanted more then just him, for Rick Nash? The guy had a better season then Nash did last year, is much younger (As such hes still developing and has room for improvement), and comes with a cap hit thats not as outrageous as Nash’s. Only a complete and utter idiot would even suggest that trade.

    I guess that means there are no more then three teams that are active in the Rick Nash race, if the Rangers, Flyers, and Pens are even still talking to Columbus. Its only a matter of time before all those teams tell Howson where to do with his demands as well. Should be quite interesting to see what happens when his dumb ass have to crawl back to all these teams and beg them to make a deal at a drastically reduced price.

  6. lvshark22 - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:26 AM

    Howson needs to pull his head out of his ass and realize his asking price is way to high. Why would any team trade a younger player, who makes less, and also had more points, for Rick Nash?

  7. sergio408 - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:44 AM

    This is gonna blow up in Howson face when Nash goes down due to injury and trades Nash for peanuts.

  8. jacketsfan7 - Jul 19, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    How bout trade Nash for…….yeah I got nothing , the prob is he asks way too high and sooner than later he’s gonna get a trade but we want a trade now , get him outta here

  9. fruitsareedible - Jul 19, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Of course Nash would have a monster year playing with Thornton, just like Heatley’s career year when he was playing with Thornton. /sarcasm

    A great player on a bad team will score just as much as a great player on a great team. On the bad team, he’s all they got, so he’s their only option on the rare chances they score. On a great team, he’s got better players to play with, but those players will be scoring more and offset any potential point gains he sees by playing with talent.

  10. bleedingteal4life - Jul 19, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Trade Nash for a marleau/Demers/Nemo combo!!!

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