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Reports: Nash not untouchable for Columbus

Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:24 am
Edited on: February 14, 2012 3:11 pm
Nash's numbers are slightly down with 18 goals this season. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

Is Rick Nash on the block or not in Columbus? That is the question this morning.

Well it appears we have a case of semantics being played. Whatever verbiage you want to use, Nash sure as heck sounds available and that's all that matters.

His name has been lobbed around just a little with Blue Jackets teammate Jeff Carter being mentioned a lot. But the conversation erupted again on Monday night when Renaud P. Lavoie of RDS in Canada tweeted "2 NHL sources told me that #bluejackets Rick Nash is on the market. Nash have a no-movement clause and will controle his destiny."

Columbus GM Scott Howson, who was reportedly in Philadelphia over the weekend for the Rangers and Flyers Saturday matinee, declined to comment on the report to the Columbus Dispatch. The Dispatch continued:

NHL sources -- from Columbus and beyond -- took issue with the suggestion that Nash is "on the block", but only the terminology. He is not being shopped by the Blue Jackets, they insist, and the club is not intent on moving him, as it is with Jeff Carter and perhaps others.

But the Blue Jackets, by far the worst club in the NHL this season and resigned to missing the playoffs for the third straight season, have reached a point where every player on the roster could be had if the price is right, and that includes Nash.

Again, semantics.

And a swirling rumor mill. The New York Rangers keep being mentioned with every Nash discussion out there, including from the New York Daily News' Pat Leonard.

Nash is in just the second season of an eight-year, $62.4 million contract carrying a $7.8 million annual cap hit. The Rangers only have $6.95 million left under the cap, so they would need to make room.

Nash (18 goals this season) would give the Rangers (36-13-5) -- who have struggled at times to score -- an established threat who could take pressure off Marion Gaborik and Ryan Callahan.

Huh. Here I thought that's what Brad Richards was supposed to do.

What would it take for the Rangers to get Nash? The flavor of the day seems to be a package of Brandon Dubinsky, super prospect Chris Kreider and the Rangers' No. 1 pick, which at this rate will barely be better than Columbus' second-round pick. Clearly that's a high price.

The part that seems to be the toughest for New York and its fans to swallow is parting with Kreider, currently playing with the Beanpot champion Boston College Eagles.

More on the Rangers, this comes from the New York Post's Larry Brooks, who confirms that the Rangers have talked to the Blue Jackets regarding Nash. But he also puts the brakes on a little.

The Rangers have had preliminary discussions with the Blue Jackets regarding the availability of Rick Nash, The Post has learned, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the 27-year-old power winger is en route to Broadway.

Indeed, an individual familiar with the situation told The Post that the chance of completing a trade before the Feb. 27 deadline is “a longshot.”

But the Rangers would hardly be the only suitor. The Los Angeles Kings would be interested in scoring help and the Washington Capitals will be mentioned, too. Over the weekend there were two Capitals scouts in attendance for a game in Columbus and the Jackets returned the favor with two on hand for Monday's Caps-Sharks tilt in D.C. They have some defensemen they could ship Columbus' way and you know that's a position of interest for the Jackets.

It's all a bit unbelievable it's come to this. Nash is the face of an otherwise faceless franchise. From all reports, he really does love playing in Columbus. Sometimes that makes a guy that much more valuable, a skilled player who wants to be in an otherwise undesirable market (sorry Columbus, lack of winning will do that). Right now the assumption is that Nash will be the player the All-Star Game is built around next season in Columbus. Who else will be the local hero?

“I love Columbus. I love being here. I love being a Blue Jacket," Nash said earlier this season. "The city of Columbus deserves a winner and deserves a good product on the ice. If it comes to that – like you said, all speculation – but if they don’t want me here, they want to move me? I’m not going to do something where it’s going to hurt the franchise just because I have that in my contract.”

The question is how much would it hurt the Jackets franchise if Nash were to leave. We might find out now.

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Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 11:09 am

Reports: Nash not untouchable for Columbus


Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 11:06 am

Reports: Nash not untouchable for Columbus

i would love to get nash ,as iam a diehard flyer fan , but unless he plays defense i dont think thats where we should be looking

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 10:01 pm

Reports: Nash not untouchable for Columbus


Since: Feb 14, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:39 pm

Reports: Nash not untouchable for Columbus

Wow talking about hockey and you take shots at the city of Detroit.  Real CLASSY.

Det is going to trade for a top line player.  They dont need it and no way are they going to margage the future (aka Brenden Smith) for the present.  Getting Nash would just be to expensive.  

Det is looking for a bottom six forward and defense depth (Kindl just isnt ready).

As a Wings fan it would be nice to get Nash, it just isnt going to happen.

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:47 am
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Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:43 am

Reports: Nash not untouchable for Columbus

Rangers/Predators...any given team does need Nash. Dubs is 1/2 the complete product of Nash, Chris Kreider-Amazing Upside Potential to fill the Blueline in time-Future is a gamble with him, On-Ice Product at the NHL Level now makes him the other 1/2. 1st RDer makes this trade slightly steep maybe a 2-3rd Rounder. Really Dubs fills a lot of holes in his Defensive plays-Hits, Blocking Shots, Forechecking, ability of positioning himself correctly in the D-Zone making key turnovers & fills in nicely Short-Handed. Rick Nash fills those Holes & then some including extremely well at Puck Handling-Soft Hands effortless, Clutch Scorer, He's a True Legit Sniper SH'd, Plays great Defense creating scoring chances, PP BEAST, Awesome Deke Moves. He reminds me of Pavel Datsyuk in a lot of ways but a different breed. Prime Cut of the Slab to any team who picks up Nash. He's entering his Prime. I guarantee even if that's the Trade really that won't hurt the NYR in any way but better themselves to score more in the short term in years & still have that chance to find 1st Round Top Prospects in Drafts in a couple years for now or let alone find similar products. I'd take the Gamble, nothing to lose 

Since: Feb 15, 2012
Posted on: February 15, 2012 7:46 am
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Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:33 pm

Reports: Nash not untouchable for Columbus

This just in: Ohio State to Meet Columbus Blue Jackets in Battle of best team in Columbus!

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:32 pm

Reports: Nash not untouchable for Columbus

NO!! While Nash is a good talent to have,.. Rangers DO NOT need him,.. at the price that Columbus is asking especially,.. DONT morgage Dubs, good prospect Chris K. and a #1 pick... too steep a price for a huge contract and the team is playing the best hockey in the NHL,.. maybe aside from Detroit.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:28 pm

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