Canes, Pens turn attention to Nash

Zach Parise’s decision to sign with the Minnesota Wild, along with Ryan Suter, got everyone’s attention on Wednesday. Thirteen-year, $98 million deals tend to do that and it was quite the package deal.

Now, the attention turns to Rick Nash.

The Canes are pushing hard to make a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets for the All-Star winger and are thought to have made a strong offer. But the Pittsburgh Penguins, spurned by Parise, could ratchet up the ante.

Pens general manager Ray Shero told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he wants a winger to play with center Sidney Crosby. Shero said that could come in free agency or a trade. If it’s a trade, he said, it has to make sense.

Nash appears to be the No. 1 target. If not Nash, maybe Shane Doan of Phoenix. Or Alexander Semin.

Which all sounds familiar. Sounds as if the Canes and Pens — and some others — could be in lock step approaching CBJ general manager Scott Howson about Nash.

Nash has a no-movement clause in his contract. The Columbus Dispatch reported Wednesday that five teams — Pens, Rangers, Flyers, Red Wings and Sharks — were believed to be approved for trades but that there could be one or two others. The Dispatch said today that Carolina could be the first team added to the list — that the recent trade for Jordan Staal was another attention-grabber.

It’s uncertain what the Canes have offered for Nash, although it’s believed Jeff Skinner would not be a part of the trade package.

11 Responses to Canes, Pens turn attention to Nash

  1. 93killer93 says:

    Apparently Carolina is out of the Nash sweepstakes, because they refuse to move Skinner.

    • reinjosh says:

      I don’t blame them. Nash isn’t exactly a huge need for them. They already have a big bodied power forward in Staal, and they already have a big bodied power forward that can put up 30 to 40 goals a year and 70 plus points in Staal.

      Skinner may be small but he represents a skill level they need and he fits into their future top 6 nicely. Plus he’s a hell of lot cheaper.

  2. 93killer93 says:

    Bennett, Tangradi, Harrington, Kennedy, Martin, 1st
    Nash, Ambroz, 2nd

    Cam Barker 1 year 1mil
    Peter Mueller 1 year 1mil
    Pavel Kubina 2 years 5.5mil
    Alex Semin 1 year 6mil



    • mojo19 says:

      Cam Barker top pair?

      • 93killer93 says:

        I didn’t want Despres or Barker with Niskanen. So I just put him there with Letang by default. My original idea was for them to go after Yandle and either have Despres start in the minors or rotate in, but I was too lazy to come up with a trade proposal.

      • nordiques100 says:

        Cam Barker nhler?

    • Gambo says:

      I never really thought about Semin being signed to the Pens. Playing on a line with Crosby, Semin could potentially hit 45 again. Semin has one of the best shots in the league, with Crosby feeding him the puck that would be extremely dangerous!

    • TimTheBone says:

      Interesting thoughts….

      But on quick look does that line-up fall under the cap?

      Also I can’t see that package being sufficient for nash, tangradis value has dropped …. Is Bennett really a cornerstone piece?… Kennedy is a solid bottom sixer….don’t know much of harrington…. Martin struggled last season…. Wasn’t his best….the first is likely to fall anywhere after 15th….

      To me it seems more like quantity over quality…. And howson is keen on both quality and quantity

  3. mojo19 says:

    The Leafs failed to sign Marty Brodeur, time to sign the only guy who comes close – Dominic Hasek. Think Marty is experienced? Ha, the Dominator is 47 years old, and he’s open to a come back. You gotta love that old man, what a crazy guy. I bet he could still be a solid back up if he really wanted to, but it would never happen anywhere.

  4. ZillyHoo says:


    Russian connection might help…

    Just keep rolling Kunitz-Crosby-Dupris

    Crosby’s on pace for 100 points no matter who you play him with anyway.

    • mojo19 says:

      Back up plan for the Red Wings should be Semin as well. I could see him getting the attention he wants now, I think a few teams will step it up and make a firm offer to Semin.

      The Wings should also look at Carlo Colaiacovo and Michael Roszival as potential defencemen to sign.

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