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Nash: 'I'm a Blue Jacket today'

Posted on: February 26, 2012 5:33 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2012 7:47 pm
 
Jackets fans in Pittsburgh make their plea on Sunday. (Getty Images)

By: Adam Gretz

PITTSBURGH -- During the pre-game warmups at the Consol Energy Center on Sunday afternoon, in advance of their 4-2 loss to the Penguins, a collection of Blue Jackets fans assembled along the glass and made what can only be described as a desperate, hail mary attempt to persuade the Columbus front office to not trade their captain -- and best player -- Rick Nash.

It's not going to have any impact on what happens over the next 24 hours, of course, but you certainly can't blame them for making the effort.

You also can't blame Nash if he's simply ready for Monday's 3 PM trade deadline, no matter what happens (if anything happens), to come and go, ending what has been three weeks of speculation, rumors and, well, at times complete insanity.
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He had no interest in addressing questions as to whether or not Sunday's loss, a game that saw him score a shorthanded goal in the second period, would be his final one in a Columbus sweater, the only one s ever worn during his first eight-plus years in the NHL.

He offered "no comment" when asked if he agreed with his agents recent statement about it possibly being for the best if a trade is completed sooner rather than later.

And who knows, at this point, even if he won't admit it, it might be for the best if something does happen sooner rather than later.

His agent already made it clear that the list of teams that he will accept a trade to will not grow in the offseason, so the list of potential trade partners for Columbus isn't going to change.

The Blue Jackets, owners of the worst record in the NHL through the first five months of a season that, at its best, can only be described as a complete  disappointment, are already in what appears to be an everything-must-go fire sale mode. Over the past week alone the team has traded forwards Antoine Vermette (to Phoenix) and Jeff Carter (to Los Angeles), seemingly selling them off at their lowest possible value, perhaps before they had to, blowing up the ship in a season that has been crushed by inconsistent (or just plain bad) goaltending, injuries, and performances that have fallen below expectations.

At this point it's hard to imagine the Blue Jackets, Nash or no Nash, making much of a push next season especially in a division that already houses some of the best teams in the NHL (Detroit, Chicago, Nashville, St. Louis), which would just be another year in what has been a never-ending cycle for Nash and the Jackets.

Through it all, he has certainly been a patient man over the past nine years in Columbus, easily the best player in franchise history and one of the few consistent bright spots for a team that has made the postseason just one time in its existence.

It's still not known what's going to happen before Monday, but everybody involved has taken pretty much the same approach as the waiting game continues -- for now, he's still a Blue Jacket.

"It's been a great time living in Columbus," said Nash on Sunday. "I'm a Blue Jacket today and we're going to do everything we can to move forward as a team. Like I said the other day, these fans deserve a winning team. They're the ones that have been the most patient."

His head coach, Todd Richards, said pretty much the exact same thing.

"Rick Nash is part of our team," said Richards. "Right now he's a Columbus Blue Jacket. Twenty-four Hours from now that might be a different story but right now he's a Columbus Blue Jacket and you treat him as one of our players."

For as long as he is one of their players, of course.

Photo: Getty Images

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ALFIwantsout
Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:58 pm
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Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:35 am
 

Nash: 'I'm a Blue Jacket today'

Nash deserrves a chance to contend. Move him to a high end team. You have had 8 years to build around him and it hasn't worked.



Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:18 am
 

Nash: 'I'm a Blue Jacket today'

Still no takers on Nash: Howson wants too much. Or he just wants a #1 goalie and their are so sellers for that now. This Summer: who remains in Columbus: Howson vs. Nash! Tyler Wright for GM!



Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:37 am
 

Nash: 'I'm a Blue Jacket today'

He is a darn good hockey player given the right circumstances.  It would be hard for the Blue Jackets to replace him in the next few years.



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:11 am
 

Nash: 'I'm a Blue Jacket today'

I typed myself out of wanting Nash



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:10 am
 

Nash: 'I'm a Blue Jacket today'

Rangers could use Nash but are never going to trade either Del Zotto or McDonough, nor should they. Sounds like they won't even give up top prospect Kreider, you do have to give to get, I'd package Kreider,Tim Erixon, Dubinsky and a first rounder. Probably too much to give unless they end up winning the cup. Since you can't predict that, and history shows these big moves usually don't work out, probably best to forget Nash. Team is real good as is, gotta hope they play well with the team they have. Playoffs are a crapshoot as it is.



Since: Feb 26, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:32 am
 

Nash: 'I'm a Blue Jacket today'

 "I think they're exactly 4th from the bottom again this year in both categories."

The Jackets are actually up 7% in attandance this year.  Granted, 7% up from bad is still not very good.  I agree that ownership and GM need to go before they make any more stupid moves. 



Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 3:31 am
 

Nash: 'I'm a Blue Jacket today'

Blue Jacket fans will go nuts if Nash is traded but how much more can Nash do for the Jackets? I post season visit so far the Jackets. They have already sold off some parts. Best case would be to get the best possible deal for Nash - a couple number 1 picks, or a number 1 pick, lower level picks and some young talent if possible.

But as a fan I would not blame Nash to leave the Jackets, the club is a mess. There is no direction at this point.



Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 11:53 pm
 

Nash: 'I'm a Blue Jacket today'

Nash, LBJ, Titles...Whats next?



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 11:49 pm
 

Nash: 'I'm a Blue Jacket today'

Come on Leafs!!!!  make the trade!!!....just try your darndest to not give up Gardiner, please!


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