Nash Requested Trade

Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash asked the team to consider trading him last month, general manager Scott Howson said this afternoon.
Nash, in his ninth season with Columbus, made the request in mid- to –late January, Howson said.

“He approached us and asked us to consider trading him,” Howson said. “We agreed to accomodate his request as long as we could get a deal that would provide us with cornerstone pieces to help us compete for a Stanley Cup championship in the coming years.”

That did not happen. No team was able to meet the Blue Jackets’ demands for their franchise player. Nash remains the captain of the Blue Jackets and Howson said that will not change.

Howson declined to address why Nash requested a trade.

“You’ll have to talk to him,” Howson said.

Nash’s agent, Joe Resnick, did not return messages this afternoon. Nash declined to speak with reporters today. He is expected to be made available after practice on Tuesday.

Howson said the team’s relationship with Nash remains cordial despite a situation that has become very messy and will likely get messier in the coming weeks and months. He said he spoke to Nash after the 3 p.m. deadline today.

“I explained our position,” Howson said. “You all know him. He’s a great person. He understands. The price was high and I don’t apologize for that. It had to be high.”

30 Responses to Nash Requested Trade

  1. KingCanada says:

    Everyone is making a big deal that Howson told the media Nash wanted to get traded…big deal!!

    I really dont think it will diminish his value.  If you value winning thats the attitude your looking for.  Colombus has been a one man show forever and you cant blame Nash for not wanting to stick around for yet another rebuild.  Hes already been with Colombus for 9 years and the team still stinks.  He was at least willing to sign long term with them which shows commitment and Colombus eventually will get their assets.

    With that said I still think Howson made a mistake at not trading him if NYR were offering him 3-4 good/great prospects + a 1st rounder.  FAIL!!

  2. Boston_Bruins says:

    Apparently the Rangers offer was Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, J.T. Miller, Christian Thomas and a 2012 1st round pick. I wouldn't have taken that if I were Howson either. Seems like kind of a low ball offer. But man, is Columbus ever a mess right now.

  3. MystifoLeafs says:

    Yeah your telling me but Howson has a chance to make it right.

    He is going into a strong draft with the following…
    1. Rick Nash 
    2. A High First round pick
    3. Maybe LA first round pick. 
    Rick Nash can be moved at the draft far easier than at the deadline meaning he could package him off for prospects and maybe even a first rounder in this draft. So let say Columbus finished dead last and has first pick they could take say Yakupov and then package off Nash for say a pick in the top ten. With the top ten if say Galenckyuk fell and he could take him he has that big center needed and would look great with Yakupov. With LA pick let say they trade up and pick Vasilevski. In one draft they can go from having a losing club to being a club with a blue chip in Yakupov, A solid center with size in Galenchyuk and a promising number one goalie in Vasilvelski. (They could swap in Subban if they would rather take someone who is not in the KHL.) 
    If Howson some how pulls off that at the draft then Columbus could be building a powerhouse.
  4. reinjosh says:

    I don't know man. That's three highly regarded prospects, a first and a decent top 6 guy thats young. That's pretty hefty. Apparently Howson wanted more scoring now.

  5. KingCanada says:

    Why so heavy on the Russians??  Colombus has actually had the worst luck with the Russian factor.  Now I dont doubt he will take Yakupov 1st overall but the rest of their picks will definatly be North American!  They cannot afford to keep screwing up with their high risk high reward draft picks!

  6. KingCanada says:

    Ooook there its Rick Nash, not Wayne Gretzky!  Thats FIVE solid assets.  Just because there not immediate help doesnt mean its a bad offer.  I would of taken it no problem!  This season is a write off anyways and thats a HUGE package in terms of prospects.

    Slight decline with Dubinsky replacing Nash's spot in the lineup but I dont see that as a major problem for the remaining 20 games.

  7. Boston_Bruins says:

    Look at how high prices were though. They should trade Nash for future assets, but I'm not sure how you can't get back a top notch prospect for him. Yes, those three are solid prospects, but they aren't great prospects by any means. The Rangers acquiring Nash without parting with Kreider would be crazy.

    As for getting Dubinsky, it would be nice, but it isn't really necessary. The Jackets don't have much, but what they do have is a good two-way center in Umberger and a rising two-way center in Johansen. It would just be more of the same there.
    When you're dealing your franchise player in a precarious market like Columbus, you just have to get something big and/or flashy back.
  8. Boston_Bruins says:

    It'll be interesting to see what happens if the Jackets lose the lottery. Will they take a Russian with noted off-ice issues in Grigorenko?

  9. 93killer93 says:

    I posted it in the last one. Apparently, from what I've read, Sather offered the package listed above and Howson said he wanted 

    Del Zotto/McDonagh, Hagelin/Stepan, Kreider, and Dubinsky.
  10. KingCanada says:

    Ya maybe they decide Forsberg is the better option..cant blame them.

    I also think with their next pick or picks in the 1st round will be all defencemen.  And then they will pick a couple goalies in the later rounds.

    9 picks in 2010, 4 in the top 60 (if LA makes it to playoffs), better not screw it up lol.  And who knows what Nash brings in?

  11. KingCanada says:

    Howson made his own bed.  He has to know the Rangers cant trade 3 roster players..what an idiot…

  12. Boston_Bruins says:

    Yeah that offer is pretty excessive. Just have to find common ground.

  13. KingCanada says:

    Yes the prices were high but look at what Carter went for.  Im not saying there that comparible but 5 assets??  Common..

    That was EVERYTHING the Rangers had in terms of picks and prospects aside of Chris Kreider.

    Now I still think he could of counter offered and received Kreider instead of one of those prospects but not the 3 roster players and Kreider he asked for…ridiculous.

    Rangers wont blow up their roster when they are first in the East obviously we both know that.  So Howson basically blocked the trade all on his own.

  14. thisgamewelose says:

    Dubinsky is better on the wing. 

  15. thisgamewelose says:

    Kreider may never become anything in the NHL (who knows) but right now I agree with them not trading Kim.  He's our best prospect, and when he makes the NHL, he'll probably find himself in the top 5 fastest skaters. Nash is a great player, but the asking price isn't worth it, and his contract doesn't make giving up those assets any easier. 

  16. Steven_Leafs says:

    he may have been asking for a lot but the offer the Rangers sent was pretty low. NYR would have gotten a franchise power forward for Dubinsky and 4 pieces that could still miss and even if they all make it it would take 4 years for all of them to develop. I understand that what Columbus wanted for Nash is definitely way too much, especially for a playoff team, but Columbus had absolutely no reason to move Nash at the deadline for a package they did not want.

  17. reinjosh says:

    I think if you get Nash, it does make him sort of expendable. Nash is more or less what your best hope for Kreider would be right so giving him up for Nash wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.

    However overpaying for Nash doesn't make any sense either. The package Howson requested was ludicrous. It more or less destroys your team. 
  18. Steven_Leafs says:

    It doesn't really matter how many assets were sent, while Columbus' counter-offer was far too high, the Rangers' offer was too low. Low 1sts usually have a 50-50 shot of making the NHL at best (that's becoming a regular, not a star player), and 2nds are obviously less likely. Miller (2011 1st), Thomas (2010 2nd), and a low 2012 1st are not guaranteed to be anything spectacular, in fact they can still possibly miss. Erixon is pretty much a guaranteed future NHLer and Dubinsky is a good 1B/2A center but none of those pieces are considered anywhere close to Nash's level.

    Personally I think Columbus should have asked for something in the middle of the 2 rumored offers.

    Columbus offer:

    Del Zotto/McDonagh

    NY Rangers offer:

    2012 1st

    Possible Middle Ground:

    Del Zotto/McDonagh
    2012 1st

    I think one of Del Zotto or McDonagh with Dubinsky is a must for this deal, there is no point in Columbus taking a prospect defenseman (defense take longer to develop) when they can draft one with their late picks if it comes down to it.

    Asking for Stepan was too greedy, you already got a replacement forward and it isn't like the Rangers are poised to give up on the team that got them where they are, so instead of Stepan ask for Kreider and one of Miller or Thomas and a 1st.

    This middle ground offer I think is the perfect balance (while maybe an overpayment in many eyes, you have to overpay for guaranteed, proven, franchise players). The Rangers still give up Dubinsky, 2 forward prospects (although Kreider will replace one of Miller or Thomas, it is a small difference anyway), and their 1st round pick which they were willing to do, the only difference is they would have to give up a very good NHL defenseman instead of a very good NHL prospect defenseman. The defenseman could easily be replaced with one or even both of Aaron Johnson and Brett Lebda going the other way (who are UFAs making less than $200,000 each) or they could trade a low pick for a rental elsewhere.

    Overall the Rangers lose a great young defenseman with 3 pieces that could quite possibly still miss for a huge upgrade on offense with a franchise power forward for the next 6 years. If the Rangers are unwilling to pay that price than they were never truly in the Nash sweepstakes, same way Toronto wasn't in it by not willing to give up Gardiner which could have been the best move for both the Rangers and the Leafs, we may never know for sure.

  19. reinjosh says:

    So apparently Nashville made a pretty big offer for Nash too. I don't know if he put Nashville on the list but this sort of makes me thing he did. They wouldn't make an offer if he wasn't correct? Acquiring him made sense to. Maybe they add him on draft day to show Suter and Weber they are truly serious about competing. How huge would adding Nash, resigning the duo and then having Radulov come back (it looks like he is going to be coming back, his team is already trying to find a replacement for him). That's a scary team. 

    And I know the 1st for Gaustad seems like a lot but think about what they had to offer. They didn't have a 2nd anymore (in 2012 or 13), they didn't have a third, they weren't going to give up a young asset that could be used in a Nash trade, and there was no way Buffalo was going to accept a 2014 2nd, so giving up a 1st is expensive but probably had to be done to fix their biggest mistake (faceoffs). 
  20. reinjosh says:

    I almost think adding Kreider over Thomas gets it done. 

    Dubinsky is a top 6 forward to fill the wing spot Nash leaves (as welose said, he plays best on the wing and has been there for a while now), then you add an NHL ready dman with top 4 potential in Erixon, a 1st rounder with solid two-way game in Miller and a top prospect near NHL ready in Kreider. Plus the 2012 first added to LA's 1st in 2012 or 2013.
    Personally I think thats about the best offer Columbus is going to get. Dubinsky and what is almost equal to four 1st rounders?
    That's a damn lot. I don't think even Nashville can beat that. 
  21. reinjosh says:

    So Richard Cloutier seems to think Edmonton would have given more for Aulie. What would you think they would have offered?

    Plus they wouldn't have had to trade Gilbert, a guy that's been their best dman this year by far (Petry a close second) for a one-dimensional shut down guy (a good one, but one-dimensional nonetheless). I don't think that it was a terrible trade, it adds some nice veteran leadership, but you think they could have grabbed more for him. 
  22. reinjosh says:

    Another loss, does Wilson finally get fired? Or does it take like 5 more in a row and a missed playoff berth for Burke to do the deed. It's time. Signing him to an extension was a mistake. Time to fix it. Loyalty is commendable and I know he's a friend but enough is enough Burke. Fire him. Now. 

  23. reinjosh says:

    Ha Fire Wilson was trending worldwide at one point between last night and now. 

  24. leafmeister says:

    Where is Burke's accountability? He was the idiot who bet the season on unproven goalies. A well known recipe for disaster.

  25. reinjosh says:

    I'm willing to give him more leeway. He's done lots for this team, revitalized the prospect cupboard, built a decent to solid young core moving forward, and given lots for Wilson to work with. Yes he went with largely unproven goalies (albeit one with some considerable potential) but he gave Wilson a defense that should have been capable of hiding any of the unproven goalies mistakes. Wilson hasn't used that effectively at all. 

    Wilson goes before Burke. Wilson supporters be damned. He's not done his job, Burke at least has mostly.
    Burke gets fired if they don't make the playoffs next year or have a slow start though. 
  26. reinjosh says:

    And to be fair to the goalies, they have been absolutely hung out to dry more often than they have been terrible. Much more. 

  27. KingCanada says:

    I dont think Nashville was an option for him.  Cant remember who reported it on tv but it was on one of the panels…Anyway Nash had only listed Eastern Conference teams.  Too much travel in the West, I guess he wanted a change.

  28. Steven_Leafs says:

    I think without Del Zotto or McDonagh the Rangers wont get Nash, unless they are willing to add Kreider to their original offer straight up.

    Dubinsky, Erixon, Kreider, Miller, Thomas, 2012 1st for Nash.

    Seems like way too many bodies to give up but if your not giving up any NHL players then it isn't really too much of an overpayment, especially if the return is a franchise forward like Nash.

  29. Steven_Leafs says:

    when Cloutier says more, does he mean actual higher value than Ashton or does he mean what he considers more, lol.

    I don't know if Edmonton would have given up enough personally:

    Hartikainen, Lander, and Omark are not enough IMO
    Edmonton wont trade (and rightfully so) Hall, RNH, Eberle, and Hemsky
    We don't want more low value 3rd and 4th line players like Eager, Jones, Belanger for Aulie

    So realistically, that only leaves EDM 2012 1st, Sam Gagner, and MPS. All of which are an overpayment, so unless Edmonton was willing to outbid Tampa for Aulie by sending Gagner or MPS (they wont move that 1st, period) I doubt Edmonton was in the running.

  30. reinjosh says:

    Yeah good call. Doesn't make too much more sense past MPS or Edm 1st. 

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