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Columbus GM says Rangers consistently “showed most interest” in Rick Nash

Jul 23, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers were connected to Rick Nash trade rumors for a long time, and if Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson’s quotes are any indication, the rumors were justified. Howson stated that the Rangers showed frequent interest in Nash, as Katie Strang reports.

“The Rangers were the team that showed the most interest in Rick, consistently,” Howson said.

Many weren’t impressed with the assets Howson garnered from the Rangers, despite Nash’s positive words. Howson claims the framework of the deal was more or less in place on Friday night. Some believe that Howson could have gotten a similar deal earlier on in the process, however, which is a notion that Howson (sort of) denied, as Dave Lozo “notes.”

“I’m not sure if we could have gotten this deal at the trade deadline,” Howson said. “I’d have to check my notes.”

Perhaps “I’d have to check my notes” has some legs as a meme among hockey fanatics, although it’s unlikely to approach the “so you’re an expert?” level.

Howson also told Aaron Portzline that Columbus will “be eternally grateful” for Nash’s contributions.

Howson discusses the deal with Blue Jackets TV:


Blue Jackets receive “four question marks” for Nash

What they’re saying about the trade

Nash calls New York a “great fit”

  1. polishblue - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    the reason the rangers stuck around for so long was because Howson presumably “consistently” thought the rangers were back to their 90s/2000s selves where they would blow the team up for a superstar…not this time buddy. dubi and arty had about 5 years to develop and they both seem to have peaked…good luck to you boys in cbj and thanks for bringing us a superstar while also letting us keep younger players with more potential (read: hagelin, CK, mdz, mcd, steps, miller, etc)

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:16 PM

      Rick Nash is 9 seasons in, he’s peaked to. He is what he is and he’ll get his 30-35 goals 60-65 points, good to pretty good but not the superstar he’s made out to be.

      • polishblue - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:39 PM

        who carried canada in 2010? ricky nash

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      I believe you mean Jarome Iginla! Toews, Crosby, Heatly and Getzlaf who all had more points and played a bigger role than Nash did…and I didn’t even get to the defensmen!

  2. ct14flyers - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Hey Scott the Flyers offered you JVR and Bobrovsky plus a pick for Nash. But this deal really trumps the Flyers one. Anismov has the best goal celebration in the game. What a deal!

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:20 PM

      If the Flyers had traded for Nash they’d be in no position now to get Weber. The Flyers scored plenty of goals but had a big problem on the backend. Let’s see a top 3 defenseman (in the NHL) or a top 20 forward, for just about the same cap hit….which one do you think you’re better off with? Quit complaining!

  3. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    So you rewarded them for their interest by taking those contracts in an attempt to win 4-5 more games rather than build for the future.


  4. tru2joelu4eva - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    watch howson quickly and awkwardly break eye contact with the interviewer and look behind him when he makes the statement, “this deal doesn’t get done until we get the right value” at about 2:40 in the video. he know’s he f***ed up bad….

    • tru2joelu4eva - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:15 PM

      i almost feel sorry for the guy…

  5. mojosmagic - Jul 23, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    “I’d have to check my notes.” Nobody is that stupid. Are they?

  6. sharksfan97 - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    This guy Howson doesn’t remember what the Rangers offered at the trade deadline? He has to “check his notes”? The biggest trade of his GM career and he can’t remember whether the team he traded his superstar to sweetened the deal? Not only should he be fired for making this trade he should be fired for saying stupid things to the media. This I guy is incompetence personified!

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