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Anonymous player told Nash “You have to get out of” Columbus

Jul 29, 2012, 9:40 PM EST

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Beat reporter Aaron Portzline gathered 61 thoughts on departed Columbus Blue Jackets star Rick Nash, paying tribute to his jersey number.

Portzline goes deep, but this little bit ranks as the juiciest:

There were instances last season, before the trade stuff started, when other NHL players were directly advising Nash to leave. One player tells The Dispatch: “I skated over to him before a faceoff and just told him ‘you have to get out of here. Put your agent to work and get it done.’” Many were surprised last February to learn that Nash had asked to be traded. From what I can glean, players around the league were only shocked that it took him so long.

Portzline also discusses other forces that prompted Nash to bite the bullet, including his father.

There are a lot of other really interesting bits in Portzline’s lengthy post, but his take on where Nash might end up in the New York Rangers lineup is also quite intriguing:

No. 4 = Wonder which line Nash will play on with the Rangers? Most expect him to step in with Brad Richards, a playmaker extraordinaire. My hunch is he’ll fit best with Derek Stepan, but – as a guy who sees the Western Conference almost exclusively – I’m not entirely keyed in on Stepan’s game. Nash needs the puck to be successful. He doesn’t find space in the offensive zone and rip one-timers; he hauls it to net. This will be interesting.

  1. flyeredup - Jul 29, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    The sTrangers got a 3rd line player.

  2. comradeast - Jul 29, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Anonymous sources are total BS!

    If you can’t name the source then it only leads people to believe that some hack “journalist” has a deadline to meet with no true facts.

    Sign me up for a job. I can be full of sh*t too.

    Ecklund?

  3. nepo784 - Jul 29, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    I confess, it was me…

    • handsofsweed - Jul 30, 2012 at 1:19 PM

      Is that you, Kyle?

    • stevierod - Jul 30, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      Probably Jeff Carter.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 29, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    So one of his teammates pointed out the obvious to him? I’m sure Rick is eternally grateful.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 30, 2012 at 12:14 AM

      Reading past the headline helps.

  5. east96st - Jul 29, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    First, everyone needs to understand that the Columbus Dispatch are minority owners of the Blue Jackets. So, HUGE conflict of interest and, obviously, the stories have a very pro-ownership spin. But I totally believe another player told him to bail. We’ve all had friends, relatives, and/or people we respected in the same line of business working for horrible companies. They all believe the same nonsense. It will get better. Next year is the year it turns around. The owner(s) told me they are building the company around me. It’s all crap and it NEVER comes true. But people WANT to believe it will. Sometimes, someone they respect HAS to say to them, “Hey, you’re working in a s**thole for a group of a**holes and you needed to leave yesterday.”. I’m guessing one of Nash’s teammates on the Olympic team knew Rick was a good guy playing for an abysmal organization and just told him the truth. Rick owes the guy a case of beer.

  6. 950003cups - Jul 29, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Something tells me that anonymous source was sent by Glen Sather. Kinda like when the GM from the Wild sent a “friend” to have “dinner” with someone who just so happened to be in the reporter business, and tell him he heard from his boy, the GM of the Wild, that if Parise went to July 1 unsigned, he would throw “the highest amount of money in the league”

    I would call that “circumventing tampering rules” Lou Lamoriello should ask for three 1st round picks as compensation. What a douche. I’m almost glad he wasted $100,000,000 on Parise. The guy isn’t THAT good. He’s no Kovalchuk, that’s for sure.

  7. Doesnotmatter - Jul 30, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    It was Joe Thornton.

  8. charleslouis99 - Jul 30, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    nobody escapes Columbus Ohio not nobody nohow

  9. 950003cups - Jul 30, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    My guess is Carter was the one who told him. Why would they make his name anonymous? Just ask him, I’m sure he would admit it. The guy was in the cup finals before Ohio, then wins it after Ohio.

    How funny would it be if Nash and his agent got drunk and signed a contract with the other NY team.

    NASH: dude lets get me traded to that NY team! I heard them leave a message on your answering machine!

    AGENT: ok, as soon as we finish this bottle of tequila we’ll sign the fax, fax it back, open another bottle to celebrate! NY HERE WE COME!

    NASH: sweeeeeeet!!! I can’t wait to see the look on Carter’s face when he sees I took his advise!

    [NEXT DAY – PRESS MEETING]

    CHARLES WANG: the NY Islanders are so proud to announce the latest addition to our team, Mr Rick Nash!!!

    • nyrangersnation - Jul 31, 2012 at 10:18 AM

      Too bad he didn’t sign with the New York Rangers he was traded. Too bad for your joke not too bad for the Rangers

  10. jacketsfan7 - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    Im thinking Daniel carcillo

  11. vshehane - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    Could this be less of a story? Can’t for some real news from the hockey world.

  12. johnwwt1976 - Jul 30, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    It was Jonathan Toews

  13. charleslouis99 - Jul 30, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Dany heatley said it

  14. vanfoodman - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a guy who’s been around the league and has seen it all, Vinny Prospal. He probably told him life is short and an NHL career is even shorter, go somewhere you want to be, don’t waste your time in Columbus, I’m here for a paycheck, I’ve had my glory years, move on young man, move on.

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