NHL: Offers scarce for Nash, so Jackets wait

The Rick Nash saga chugs on, and with this scary possibility — it might just be getting started.

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson hoped the first few days of free agency — specifically the signing of free-agent winger Zach Parise — would spur the marketplace toward more serious trade offers for the Columbus winger and team captain.

But Howson has maintained that he won’t trade Nash for less than “market value,” even if the saga drags well into July, even into August, and yes, even into the start of training camp in September.

Parise was signed by the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday, but as of late last night, Howson did not seem any closer to reaching a deal.

Howson has declined to speak publicly regarding Nash the past two days, and Nash’s agent, Toronto-based Joe Resnick, hasn’t spoken extensively in months. Nash has declined to speak to reporters since April 7, the last game of the season.

The Dispatch confirmed yesterday that the Boston Bruins are on Nash’s list of approved clubs, joining the New York Rangers, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and San Jose.

As of yesterday, the list hardly mattered for two reasons: First, Howson has listened to offers from all 29 clubs, hoping that Nash — eager to avoid a messy spat — would relent and broaden his list. And, second, because Howson hasn’t come close to trading Nash.

The general tone from GMs around the NHL is that Howson is asking too high a price for a player he is being forced to trade. The Blue Jackets, who never scored enough goals even with Nash in the lineup, figure to struggle mightily once their franchise player is gone, so they’re hopeful of getting at least one NHL-ready forward in return.


15 Responses to NHL: Offers scarce for Nash, so Jackets wait

  1. LN91 says:

    I believe that Burkes main target right now is Getzlaf.

    For more reasons than the big-line Center, it also has to do with Corey perry.

    If he hirs free agency next season, Toronto must be the favorite to land his services.

    • LN91 says:

      If Getzlaf is acquired.

    • 93killer93 says:

      I need to block hockeybuzz from my computer. I read what Eklund posts and I get my hopes up for nothing. He’s been reporting for a while that the Leafs were getting closer to a deal and now posts that they’re pushing for Getzlaf. The only other articles I’ve read with the same rumor, said it’s likely to happen mid season if anaheim struggles.

      He really is the perfect centre for our team. He’s big, physical and can pass the puck.

      • TimTheBone says:

        Yeah but in reality he’s the perfect center for any team… He’s just a solid solid player….

        But for sure Toronto could definitely use his services…

        Oh and if anaheim loses getzlaf Perry and Ryan as well ….. Then selanne and koivu to retirement…… You can all but kiss that franchise goodbye….. That’s suicide as far as I’m concerned…. Assisted or self-inflicted….. Depending on how each players goes

        • 93killer93 says:

          You have to think Ryan gets moved, after his recent comments. If they can’t lock up Perry and Getzlaf by the start of the season they should trade them. This team can’t afford to let them walk. I think it’s pretty similar to Nashville. If Weber can’t be signed you have to move him. They could get some solid pieces by moving out those 3 and really improve the team for the future.

          • TimTheBone says:

            Yeah absolutely but i still feel the same…. You would need to get back a minimum 3 extremely significant pieces back…. And not just a nazem Kadri ….. I’m talking like at least one cornerstone piece probably another along with three to four “nazem kadris” to instill any kinda confidence among the fanbase…..

            I’m not saying that’s the price for them…. But anything less and you have a failing team……. It could turn bad for the organization…

            If you trade that whole first line I’d like to see a talent like yakupov…. A grigorenko…… A Jordan eberle….. A nazem Kadri …. A Ryan strome….. Something along that kind of quality …. Minimum…… Anything less to me and its suicide…

            Here’s a thought…..

            Ryan getzlaf to Toronto

            Nazem Kadri, Joe colbourne, 2013 1st

            Bobby Ryan, 2013 2nd to Ottawa

            Mika zibenajad, weircochk, latendresse, 2013 1st

            Corey Perry, ottawas 1st to NYI

            Ryan strome, griffin reinhart, NYI 2013 1st, 2013 3rd, 2014 3rd

            Out = Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan, ANA 2013 2nd, Ottawa 2013 1st

            In = Ryan Strome, Nazem Kadri, Joe Colboune, Mika Zabinejad, Guillaume Latendresse, Pat Weircoch (I think its pat), Griffin Reinhart, NYI 2013 1st, 3rd, 2014 3rd, TO 2013 1st

            I think something like that could be possible…. Not a bad haul for three NHL superstars…. Probably only half the players acquired become impact players… If that…. But the two 1sts make anaheim end up with most likely a top 5 pick, a top ten, and another in the top 20…. Could turn into nice picks or moves as trades…….

            • ZillyHoo says:

              If only Getzlaf was that easy.

              I don’t think Anaheim deals out those types of guys for unproven prospects though. Another top six from each team would need to go back.

            • 93killer93 says:

              Oh ya it will definitely take a huge package to convince them to give him up. Like ZillyHoo said, I think they want some more established players, the concept of the number of valuable pieces is spot on. I look at the Richards and Carter trades as good comparables. Getlaf I think will get a bit more but along the same lines.
              Richards- 2nd, top prospect, and a proven top 9 forward.
              Carter- 1st, young 20/50 guy, 3rd

              Something like

              Grabovski, Kulemin, Colborne, Franson, 1st 2014(if he resigns)

              They get two top 6 forwards, a guy who could replace Getzlaf in the future in Colborne as well as a young defenceman in Franson with potential. If Toronto signs Getzlaf they get an extra piece.
              They could always flip Grabovski for a 1st.

              • TimTheBone says:

                To me that’s too much….

                Take out franson grabovski and add Kadri…. Maybe keep franson

                • LN91 says:

                  I like Kulemin, but there might be a reason why him and Franson have not signed an extension yet.Possibly pieces that are dangled to get Getzlaf.

                  Kadri would most likely be included, a draft pick, and Grabovski to give them a center.

                  Big price to pay…But it would be worth it. And, Toronto depth would withstand the impact.

                • mojo19 says:

                  Kulemin, Kadri, Blacker, 1st

                  A solid defensive winger with scoring ability, two very solid prospects, both potentially NHL ready for this season, one at forward one at D, and a 1st.

                  • mojo19 says:

                    *A first from a team with no guarantee to finish too high in the stands.

                    That has to be pretty enticing from the perspective of both sides, and especially if the Ducks don’t see Perry and Getzlaf necessarily getting long term deals done this year.

                    • LN91 says:

                      That is a very good offer for both sides.

                      I also think he will be a good mentor for Joe Colborne. Whom I think the Leafs are very high on.

                      Might expect a hockey trade down the line, Where the Leafs deal Grabo for another need.

                      For example, the Derek Roy trade.

                  • realistic_leafs_fan says:

                    I think it would depend on if Anaheim is in rebuild mold. If they are looking to compete for a playoff spot, then xepect them to ask for Kessel or JVR as the main piece with less prospects. Moving Grabo and Colborne in the same deal for Getzlaf would be a mistake on our part IMO. Now we have to rely heavily on Bozak or Connolly to have a great season as the second line centre instead of a fairly sure thing in Grabo.

  2. hockey_geek-squad says:

    what do you guys think about this:
    To toronto:
    Rick Nash
    Conditional 7th round pick (if he plays less than 60 games)
    Conditional 6th round pick (if he gets less than 65 points)
    To Columbus:
    the right to RFA Cody Franson
    Matt Frattin
    Carl Gunnarson
    Kenny Ryan
    Next years 1st round pick
    Conditional 3rd in 2 year (if less than two of those players are not playing in the NHL.
    I think this would be a good move for both sides columbus gets solid temporary defenceman intell young defence like Ryan Murray get in the NHL. They get potental lodded wingers Kenny and Matt and always good to have picks. Toronto gets a big winger who is bouned to deliver in a new seting and a little insurance that he plays a solid amount of games. Thx for your time comment your opinions!!!

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