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Nash reportedly down to five possible teams

Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:24 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 1:44 pm
Nash reportedly has a wish list of five teams. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

Look what the Columbus Blue Jackets started. Now every few hours there is a new Rick Nash update after word leaked they'd consider trading their captain.

Then again, we can thank them for what they jump-started, too; the NHL trade deadline.

Nash is available at the right price ... for a couple of teams. Five to be exact. Because of his no-trade clause, the Jackets had to ask Nash for a list of team's he'd waive it for to approve a deal. Who's on it? Would he put any big-market teams on there considering he's seemed to enjoy playing in the smaller Columbus market?

Thanks to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch who has been all over this story like the league's discipline offices on Matt Cooke, we have the teams that are believed to be on the approved side.

Boston, Los Angeles, the Rangers, San Jose and Toronto are believed to be on the approved list for Nash — he would have to waive a no-movement clause in his contract before he could be traded — but the return the Blue Jackets seek could vary widely from club to club.

The Rangers and Kings have been the first two teams mentioned with Nash since the rumors began. So it's interesting they're on the list. The Maple Leafs are involved with every big name available in some capacity, so this will only stoke that fire. The Sharks have good friend Joe Thornton. And the Bruins? Well that'd just be unfair.

It goes without saying that this is just one small step for the man. There is still a giant leap or two to go.

It's going to take a lot to get Nash from the Blue Jackets. The good news for the suitors: there isn't really a position the Jackets couldn't use help at. A goalie will be at the front of all the talks, but they need defensemen and help scoring, particularly if they trade Nash and Jeff Carter. Plus, you can never really have enough scoring regardless.

Portzline speculated on what it would take to get the GM Scott Howson to trade Nash, looking specifically at the top two contenders.

The Blue Jackets are said to want at least one young roster player along with a combination of top prospects and quality draft picks. Using that criteria, the Rangers seem to make the most sense, and the New York Post reported on Tuesday that the two sides have had preliminary discussions.

The Rangers have a player the Blue Jackets have pursued for years in forward Brandon Dubinsky, but they’re also stocked with young defensemen — Michael Del Zotto, Ryan McDonagh and Tim Erixon, among others — and forward Chris Kreider, currently playing at Boston College.

The Blue Jackets play on Sunday at the Rangers.

Los Angeles could provide something the Rangers cannot — a top goaltending prospect. Jonathan Bernier, the No. 11 overall draft pick in 2005, has spent the past two seasons as the seldom-used backup to Jonathan Quick. However, the Kings don’t have young prospects to match the Rangers.

Well it sure sounds like a certain President's Trophy contender is in the cat bird's seat here, now doesn't it?

My concern about the Rangers trading for Nash -- aside from the heavy cost -- is the fit. Not that I would foresee any problems with Nash jelling with the Rangers, it's just being wary of messing with a good thing. Obviously the Rangers have that part down pat. They have the best points percentage in the league and are seven points up on everybody else in the East while no team has played fewer games than them.

No doubt adding a little more scoring would help the Rangers this season. If they have an Achilles' heel, it's probably still the offense. I'd just be leery of fixing something that's not broken.

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Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:41 pm

Nash reportedly down to five possible teams

I am pretty sure that there was more than 5 teams on the list.  There was probably only 5 teams that both Nash and the CBJ front office agreed on.  If that list included Detroit and Chicago - 2 really good teams with recent Stanley Cups and perennial contenders - the CBJ front office would likely veto that as there are in the same division.

Plus, even if they did entertain offers from divisional opponents, you can be certain that the CBJ would be asking for the moon and more in return.  the asking price would likely be too high for either of them to comply, thus rendering the point moot.

Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:40 am

Nash reportedly down to five possible teams

I think trading Kreider would be a HUGE mistake...

Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:40 am

Nash reportedly down to five possible teams

galf- Selanne has a no-trade clause.

Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:26 am

Nash reportedly down to five possible teams

Yeah man.....I was thinking the same. Local word is Holland does not want to break the chemistry he has on the ice and CBJ would require core team members, not just prospects. It will be interesting to follow. Selanne remains an interesting topic of discussion here locally.

Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 6:51 am

Nash reportedly down to five possible teams

galf- Price is the key. Wouldn't mind seeing him in Motown. Cool

Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 6:05 am

Nash reportedly down to five possible teams

The Rangers absolutely need help, so acquiring Nash would be one step in the right direction. But with so many holes to plug, would he be enough?  Wink  He'd be a heckuvan addition to any of the named five and a half dozen unnamed but at what price?

Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 11:05 pm

Nash reportedly down to five possible teams

The story reveals 5 teams "reportedly" on the approved list.  The contract more likely has a 8-12 team list where he wouldn't accept a trade.  That opens up a lot more opportunities.  Why wouldn't he accept a trade to Detroit, Washington or Vancouver? 

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:53 pm

Nash reportedly down to five possible teams

Rangers have the pieces and a top team to get Nash but I think Vancouver has the piece thats Columbus needs the most, Schneider, it makes sense.  I'd love to have him on the Leafs but I dont know if we can match what Vancouver can offer, if they are willing too that is.

Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:37 pm

Nash reportedly down to five possible teams

He didn't mention the islanders huh? Or was it a typo?


Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 7:31 pm

Nash reportedly down to five possible teams

I guess people don't read the articles. It's the only explanation for people suggest trades to Detroit, Washington and Vancouver.

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