Hat trick would help Jackets’ recovery

When it comes to their offseason plans, the Blue Jackets prefer reshape to rebuild. In this case, they’re not splitting hairs.

Rather than dismantle the roster and start on a three- or four-year rebuilding plan, indications are that the Blue Jackets will make moves this summer with the hope of being competitive — dare we mention the Stanley Cup playoffs? — next season.

To that end, they have three bullets to fire in the next few months — three significant commodities that could be used to help buttress a deadwood roster full of bloated salaries.

“It’s the biggest summer since I’ve been here,” general manager Scott Howson said. “I see us being competitive next season, for sure. We have to be more competitive.

“There are a lot of moving parts. It depends on where they fall, in terms of the impact we can make on the franchise.”

First, the Blue Jackets are almost certain to trade captain Rick Nash, who asked for a trade in January but was still with the team after the trade deadline in February because Howson didn’t find a deal to his liking. The sides have remained amicable, but this could get awkward, if not ugly, if Nash remains with the club.

Second, the Blue Jackets have the No. 2 pick in the draft in June, as well as the Los Angeles Kings’ first-round pick (currently No. 17) — unless the Jackets opt to take the Kings’ first-round pick in 2013 instead.

The Blue Jackets would be delighted if winger Nail Yakupov slid past Edmonton with the No. 1 pick, but if he doesn’t, they’ll have their choice of defenseman Ryan Murray or forwards Mikhail Grigorenko, Alex Galchenyuk or Filip Forsberg.

It is more likely that the Blue Jackets will use the Kings’ pick, their third bullet, as part of a trade. Under the terms of the trade — the same deal that brought defenseman Jack Johnson to Columbus for center Jeff Carter — the Jackets don’t need to indicate whether they plan to use the pick or defer it to next year until two picks before the Kings are on the clock.


8 Responses to Hat trick would help Jackets’ recovery

  1. Steven_Leafs says:

    if they want to make the playoffs next year they have to get a starter goalie and get Mason back to his backup role and re-develop him.

    With Nash, 2nd overall, and 17th overall it wont be that hard to get. (I wouldn't move their 2nd overall if I were them though).

    I think they should use Nash to get the goalie since they should be able to get a really good goalie, solid young D-man and a replacement forward or 2. I'm going to use Vancouver as an example:

    To Vancouver:

    Rick Nash

    To Columbus:

    Luongo / Schneider (whichever they are moving)
    Mason Raymond
    Zack Kassian
    Chris Tanev

    It might be a bit too much for Nash but this is definitely where they should start their negotiation.

  2. JoelLeafs says:

    First, if a goalie goes, makes a big difference if it's Lu or Corey. Luongo is signed forever, so they might as well trade Mason for a cheaper backup. If it's Schneider, they would need to sign him, and frankly, if I'm in Schneider's shoes and could sign with more or less any team I wanted, why the ***** would I go to Columbus, especially without Nash. 

    Second, I can't really see them trading Nash without getting a 1st back. Raymond would be a good temporary fill in for Nash, but on Vancouver's side that leave either Burrows on the 2nd line, or Nash. With the skill they have on the 1st line already, I'm not sure they need Nash there and it would be rather odd to have Nash on the 2nd line.
    They just gave up a lot for Kassian, I doubt they will be in a hurry to move him. I also don't really see why Columbus would be interested in Tanev. Yeah, young D-man with decent size, but for what they may get for Nash, I'm not so sure. 
    Finally, though Vancouver can technically afford it, they have several players that will be needing raises next year. Plus, in the likely even that they get booted in the 1st round, they are going to want to make some changes next year, which means bringing in fresh blood most likely. Yeah, I realize that Nash would be new blood, but there are a few factors to potentially scare them off of him. 
    Negatives aside, I think Kessler could really come back to forum if he has someone like Nash to play with. Though maybe someone that sets up better than Higgins would help that potential line, they would be hell on defenders. 
    Though, yes, it might be too much (or not enough, depending on the goalie and any picks that would be included) I think Nash's contract might just be too much. His 7.8 per might look good in 5-6 years when a 20-30 goal scorer with size normally makes that, but right now I think it's a bit high for his numbers. The term also scares people away, but I don't think it'll be that much of a problem. If injuries catch up he can (hopefully) retire. He's only 27 and should be solid for at least another 5 years. 
    TLDR: It seems to be a good fit, Nash for a keeper and some young roster players, but I don't see how this particularly helps out either team.
  3. Steven_Leafs says:

    Schneider is a RFA, which means he has very little choice of where he goes. And if CLB gives up Nash to get him worse case they 100% will match.

    It might not be the best deal in general but it is an idea of what CLB would want for Nash.

    – a no.1 goalie
    – a young defenseman
    – 1-2 top 6 forwards
    – 1st round pick

    give or take a piece depending on who they get.

  4. JoelLeafs says:

    My bad, for some reason I though he was a UFA.

    And overall I think the trade is okay, it just, IMO, works out for CLB much more than VAN. 
  5. Steven_Leafs says:

    yeah I can see that, I think it is the only way you pull Nash off of Columbus even if Nash demanded to be moved ASAP. Plus Vancouver upgrades their offense greatly while giving up little on D and their spare goalie. Maybe Columbus can send another vet player or goalie to even out the deal but I think as a core it is pretty good.

  6. hockeylegend488 says:

    Edmonton 1st overall pick

    columbus @nd overall pick
    ryan johansen
    La's first rounder in 2012/or 2013
    columbus 2nd round pick 32 overall

    and yeah after yakopov the drop in talent is that much its been years since we saw a clear number one . Crosby Ovechkin who else?

  7. Steven_Leafs says:

    I would do it if I were Edmonton, and I'm the guy who thinks Yakupov is miles ahead of the other draftees. I don't think Columbus would give up that much for a lottery loss though, it just looks bad.

  8. JoelLeafs says:

    So the 2nd overall, another 1st rounder, and a 2nd that might as well be a 1st rounder, plus a really decent prospect for the 1st overall? If it turns our to be the next Crosby, yeah it's worth it, but what are the chances of that? Edmonton would be smart to take that trade (though I really don't think they do anything but select nail) but Columbus could really be shooting themselves in the foot in all likelihood.

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