Trading Nash Isn't So Simple
A source close to Blues Jackets Captain Rick Nash tells me there’s much more to the story that will eventually come out. What exactly this means is anyone’s guess. Same can be said whether or not the All-Star forward actually gets traded.
I'm curious what Columbus can expect to get in return? If you're a playoff team what do you give up for a Rick Nash? Somehow you have to find a way to make the dollars work and are you looking to give up impact players when you aren't guaranteed to become a better hockey club?
Sure there will be interest in a player of Nash’s caliber, although there are hockey people who will tell you he may not be the player to build your franchise around. We know Rick Nash can score goals, but does he makes others around him better? The majority of his goals come from individual plays and he’s never been described as being overly creative with his teammates. Earlier this season he looked slower than we’ve seen in the past but his game has come along as the season has progressed.
Toronto is a team that probably has the assets to swing a deal. But considering Nash chose to re-sign with Columbus what would lead anyone to believe he wants to play in Toronto? If he wanted to sign in Toronto he could have waited to become a UFA and sign there.
Vancouver could offer goaltender Cory Schneider and Cody Hodgson as part of a bigger package. They could throw in some first round picks but in reality a first rounder that belongs to the Canucks is almost a second round pick.
How many teams can truly put an offer for Nash on the table?
St. Louis has assets but their Ownership issue makes things difficult. How he would fit in is also another question. Nash and Ken Hitchcock seem to like one another but I don't see this happening.
Columbus GM Scout Howson and the entire organization need to decide where they are as an NHL franchise. Is there really a plan in place? Are they looking to dramatically change the leadership structure of their roster or simply looking to add a player or two to help them move forward?
Most will tell you they’re at least a goaltender and a D-man away.
Sources say Nash, as well as a number or Blue Jackets players, are not in favor of sticking around through another rebuild. I’m told Nash has made this very loud and clear to the organization. Trading away their Captain would certainly point towards Columbus starting all over.
Columbus has made plenty of mistakes over the years. They’ve handed out some awful contracts most notably to Derick Brassard and basically half of their team has either no-move or no-trade clauses built into their contracts.
There are several players besides Nash who are being shopped. A guy like Sammy Pahlsson could help a playoff team while Steve Mason, Kristian Huselius, and Antoine Vermette are all available. It’s no secret the team would move Jeff Carter whose play leads most observers to assume he doesn’t want to stay in Columbus. Did Carter ever want to be there in the first place?
Not everyone believes Nash is 100% going to be traded. He likes his life in Ohio and is proud to be the Blues Jackets Captain. Was this thrown out there to allow the organization to see what they could fetch in return or are they truly serious about moving him? We will soon find out.
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