Should the Columbus Blue Jackets Trade Rick Nash?

It may be time for the Columbus Blue Jackets to move their most precious asset. It may be time for the team to do the unthinkable. It may be time for the Jackets to trade Rick Nash.

Columbus has tried everything to ice a competitive hockey team in the NHL. And nothing has worked. They failed to build an outstanding hockey team through the draft, and their attempt to Frankenstein a team together during the offseason isn’t working.

Calling this idea a knee-jerk reaction to a season that isn’t even 10 games old yet is short-sighted. Columbus hasn’t had a poor hockey team for one season. They’ve had a poor hockey team for all but one season.

And Rick Nash has been the only constant—right there at the center of it all.

22 Responses to Should the Columbus Blue Jackets Trade Rick Nash?

  1. dumbassdoorman says:

    The other constant has been piss poor management…….I am not saying they shouldn't trade him if the right deal comes along, but blaming him is not all fair either

  2. Steven_Leafs says:

    The person who wrote this is an idiot. Why would you trade Nash when all your going to do is spend the next 3 years trying to replace him. They traded a high draft pick that turned out to be Couturier to get someone to play with Nash. When Carter is healthy and the key to their defense is back, Columbus will do just fine. They will most likely miss the playoffs again because of their piss-poor start and a hard to beat Western Conference but blowing up the team now would just insane.

  3. 93killer93 says:

    I'm not saying it will happen, but if Burke some how managed to pry Nash and Carter out of Columbus, the leafs could be a serious contender this year.  

  4. Boston_Bruins says:

    What do you think they could get for Mason? I'm sure some teams would be willing to take the gamble.

  5. Boston_Bruins says:

    It's not just Yakupov this year. Chances are the Blue Jackets are going to land a solid-spectacular player in the draft this year. Hold off on Nash.

  6. alpalstewart says:

    if they could get bobby lou and hodgson for him i'd do it, they seriously need a goalie, and luongo is still a premier goalie that is a notorios slow starter.

    or if they could get bourque and kipper outa calgary.
    it would have to be something huge like those deals
     but i agree about not trading him at all. and lets not forget that carter can be the future there if nash gets traded, carter has the tools to be the guy to build around. so those trades i proposed do look kinda ridiculous but if you were clb, or the 2 teams mentioned would you do it. and if you can think of something better that will help clb, and not try to steal him for your team your team please post it for discussion. 
  7. alpalstewart says:

    this is a rumor site dude, speculate a bit. i agree with you though, why would they trade him right now. if anything it would be a deadline deal so trade talks about him are kinda premature. IMO

  8. MystifoLeafs says:

    Why all this hype of Yakupov? I mean Grigorenko is if not as good better than Yakupov. I swear ever since Ovie came in everyone thinks that is the true elite player. If Columbus was to fail and take grigorenko well they finally get their playmaker for Nash and Carter. 

  9. hockey_lover says:

    Yeah great idea. On a team that is struggling for wins AND attendance, trade away the MOST bankable player you have.

  10. reinjosh says:

    Grigorenko might be a high end playmaker alla Malkin, but Yakupov is both a high end playmaker and a goal scorer. He's not the type of player you pass on. Him with Carter and Nash would be gigantically scary. 

  11. reinjosh says:

    Yep this is the big crux of the problem. Scouting has been terrible and they just can't put a team that wins together. 

    I almost say they should just go for it if this season doesn't work out. Yakupov would be a bigger fan draw than Nash ever could, and Nash would kick start a major rebuild effort from the pieces Columbus would get in return. 
    Move Mason, Move Umberger, keep Wisniewski and Carter and move forward with the 1st overall this next year and maybe even the year after.
    Grabbing Yakupov this year and potentially MacKinnon next year could be almost identical to what Pittsburgh got with Malkin and Crosby. The results could be the start of Pittsburgh West
  12. leafmeister says:

    I believe that is what you call a GREAT strategy.

  13. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    then again, if anybody pry'ed nash and carter out of columbus for picks and prospects theyd be a serious contender too lol.. what id would take to get both tho.. i doubt the leafs would even make the playoffs

  14. MystifoLeafs says:

    Yeah I suppose but I mean Yakupov does not have the hands Grig has. I mean Yakupov has a better shot but I mean with Carter and Nash you think they would rather have a St.Louis like player setting those two up. I don't just my preference.

  15. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    I don't usually get all hyped up about prospects, it's usually just best to wait and see after all. When he gets into the NHL and performs like a boss then we can all start talking about who's better and what not.

  16. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    I don't usually get all hyped up about prospects, it's usually just best to wait and see after all. When he gets into the NHL and performs like a boss then we can all start talking about who's better and what not.

  17. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    FFs double post, wish I could remove things or edit what I've already said. Oh well.

  18. FlamingHomer says:

    You nailed it.

  19. leafstime says:

    Grabo, Gunnarson and a first and second pick for Nash. Do it.

  20. hockey_lover says:

    lol seriously.

    If this actually happens, Howson deserves a kick in the nuts and THEN he should be put in a sack and given a beating. If he still hasnt gotten the message, he deserves to be forced to spend the day with Mike Green (on his pink Vespa).

  21. reinjosh says:

    No I get it. Yakupov is just showing a serious penchant for playmaking this year and I think its too early to write him off as jsut a goal scorer.

  22. crawfordg-leafs says:

    Give Nash, Carter, Wisnewski and Mason a chance to all play 10 games together. If that doesn't show anything then consider some trades. Carter and Nash to the Leafs could realize some good prospects at every position such as; Scrivens, Rynnas or Gustavsson in goal, Franson, Blacker, Holzer, Mikus or even Aulie on defense plus D'Amigo, Nichols, Bozak on forward and that doesn't even consider the vetrans like Armstrong, Lombardi, Connolly, Komosarek, Orr and draft picks. The Leafs could let Columbus pick half a dozen of these for Carter and Nash to really have a good prospect base then get high draft choices to add to that. This would take away some depth for the Leafs but Burke has done a good job of filling the Marlies. It could be a win win for both teams but could cause some cap problems for the Leafs. Just getting Carter would be alright with me?

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