Trade deadline: Nash

Rick Nash

Teams that I believe have either been contacted by Columbus regarding Rick Nash or have reached out to the Blue Jackets: the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Vancouver Canucks and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Of that list, I think the Rangers, Flyers and Kings really stand out in terms of their interest and ability to provide the right assets. The Canucks and Leafs obviously have interest, but I’m not sure they’re willing to part with the kind of package of assets the Jackets are looking for.

The Leafs have worked hard over the last few years to build up their base of assets and don’t want to empty the cupboard on one player, even though it’s a player they like. My sense is that Toronto will remain involved on some level just to make sure the price doesn’t go down.

Wild-card teams: San Jose and St. Louis. I’m not sure the Sharks can pull this off midseason; I think they’d be more interested in the offseason. The Blues have ownership issues, which I think really limits their ability here, yet one source suggested to us that we should not discount them. Still, trade Nash within your division? That would surprise me.

Jackets GM Scott Howson has told some teams, a source told, that while he is listening to offers on Nash, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll move the superstar winger by the Feb. 27 trade deadline. There’s still a chance this gets moved to an offseason transaction. Still, given that the cat is now out of the bag, you know Howson will work his hardest to make it happen in the next two weeks.

7 Responses to Trade deadline: Nash

  1. zombieskin says:

    No way the blues go after Nash.  Doug Armstrong has already made it pretty clear that due to ownership issues no huge moves would be made.  Even if ownership was not an issue, I do not think it would be wise for the blues to give up what it would take to land Nash.  Of the pieces I could see the blues possibly moving at the deadline, none of them (even packaged) would be enough to land Nash.

  2. reinjosh says:

    I think they would have the pieces but its a question of need. Does taking on that much salary and Nash really make much sense?

    A package of Cole, Stewart, Jake Allen and a 1st would certainly be enticing to the Jackets. And it wouldn't hurt the Blues that much. The first and Allen are expendable, Stewart would be getting upgraded to Nash, and Cole would be the only real loss but you can manage with the defense you have. Maybe toss in Mcrae if that isn't enough.
    It could make sense I think, but the salary would be the biggest issue. 
  3. Steven_Leafs says:

    you know what, if I were St.Louis and I could get ownership to agree to it, I would make a big offer to Columbus including only prospects and picks.

    Something like

    To STL:


    To CLB:

    2012 1st
    2013 1st

    I doubt it is anywhere near enough without adding a player like Oshie, Perron, or Stewart but since St.Louis has the cap space right now they should send Columbus that offer.

    Next year St. Louis will have to cut players to pay for Nash but since they have Langenbrunner & Arnott on the last year of their deals making 2.5M each (cash) and Jackman (3.5M) and Carlo (2.5M) being a UFA you can let the forward vets go and let go one of the D to make up for Nash's contract next year. Grabbing Nash should give St.Louis a deeper cup run which would easily replace the 2-3M in cash they have to pay Nash that year.

    They should give it a shot anyway.

  4. KingCanada says:

    Ive honestly always wondered why players who have played for the St.Louis Blues hold that organization so high??  Before this season they were average at best as far as a hockey teams goes…

    They play in the midwest where if it aint football, basketball or NCAA it isnt watched…They also have ownership issues which is never a selling point yet players kept signing back.

    I remember a couple trades involving Keith Tkatchuk to have him only go back in the off-season.  Same with guys like Langenbrunner and Arnott wanting to sign there as well…

    Does anyone know what makes this rather below average market/location seem so attractive?

  5. reinjosh says:

    St Louis is a hockey hot bed. They love their hockey as much as any city in the States. It's a great city to live in as well (or so I've heard). 

    And from what I've seen, the management is pretty decent. 
  6. KingCanada says:

    Just as simple as that eh.. I had no idea.

    I've also heard management was top notch but thats all I could really make of it.

  7. reinjosh says:

    Si I've heard anyways. I'm not saying that as an expert but more just repeating what I've heard. It's apparently a great atmosphere to be in. And they have a pretty rich hockey history , being one of the original expansion teams. 

    Plus they've had Greatzky, Hull, Pronger, Oates, Stevens, MacInnis, Demitra, Tkachuk all play for them.
    So I think they are a pretty solid hockey town from what I can gather. 

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