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Report: Sharks stepping up in Nash sweepstakes

Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:24 am
Edited on: February 22, 2012 10:32 am
 

By Brian Stubits

And here you were thinking that it was mostly a two-team race in the Rick Nash sweepstakes between the Rangers and Kings.

Well make some room for the Sharks in this equation too. One of the teams who was reportedly on Nash's wish list, San Jose is lurking in the conversation too and could have a say in matters if Nash is dealt this week.

From TSN insider Darren Dreger:

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The San Jose Sharks are emerging as a strong contender for Rick Nash. Sources say Columbus initially targeted Logan Couture, but was quickly told that was a non-starter. But, make no mistake; San Jose will stay in the mix until Monday's deadline.

Nash and Sharks veteran Joe Thornton are good friends and have shown an impressive chemistry when playing together internationally that isn't being overlooked. The Sharks would prefer an off-season deal to avoid the in-season disruption, but San Jose is keen.

Boy, Scott Howson is really shooting for the moon, isn't he? Not that I blame him one bit but Couture and then some? The Sharks were right to balk immediately at that one. So who would it take? It's been made pretty clear that Howson is asking for one high-end player on top of everything else.

Andy Strickland of True Hockey says that could mean Joe Pavelski would be the target. Even if it were straight up Nash for Pavelski, would you be convinced the Sharks were getting the better end of the deal? I wouldn't be.

However Howson has to be liking this whole scenario that's playing out. The more teams that enter the bidding the better, more leverage to get the price he wants in return.

Still, I don't think any team is going to give up what the Jackets are looking for right now. If Nash is going to be traded before Monday's deadline, which is no guarantee, the price will have to come down but still be good enough for Howson to show to the fans and brass in Columbus.

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Comments

Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:57 pm
 

Report: Sharks stepping up in Nash sweepstakes

Dump Thornton and get Nash, that's a better deal than sending the better Joe SJ has to Columbus (Pavelski).



Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 9:23 am
 

Report: Sharks stepping up in Nash sweepstakes

I agree Nash > Pavelski. The Sharks would be pretty scary with Nash and Thornton together. Howson had better come up with a winner after trading away Vermette for not much more than a bag of pucks.



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 4:02 pm
 

Report: Sharks stepping up in Nash sweepstakes

Wait, did you just say Nash is not a pure goal scorer? what? And to the guy who wrote the article, you really think San jose wouldnt be getting the better end of the deal if they traded pavelski for nash straight up? Nash has been surrounded by injuries this year and since he's been in columbus.  He needs someone else wreaking havoc on his line with him.  It's hard to score a lot of goals and get a lot of points when you are the only talent on the team.  If Nash was on a line with Thornton he would be scoring 50 goals a year easily with that kind of dish master.



Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:30 am
 

Report: Sharks stepping up in Nash sweepstakes

I love Rick Nash so I want to see him go to a team where he can win. But where exactly in the Sharks system would he fit in? I initially thought he'd do okay on a line with Joe Thornton much like Jonathan Cheechoo did, but Nash is not a pure goal scorer and his style of play would likely clash with Joe's. I dunno. There are lots of other teams where Nash would clearly fit in better.


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