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Multiple Sources: Rick Nash is on the Market


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Posted 13 February 2012 - 11:34 PM

Renaud Lavoie via twitter: 2 NHL sources told Lavoie that Blue Jackets winger Rick Nash is on the trade market. Nash has a no-movement clause.

Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: A Bruins offer for Nash would likely have to include Rask-Krejci or Rask-Lucic at core.

Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson through a spokesman declines to comment on the report that Rick Nash is on the trade block.


It was only this evening that the most connected man in hockey, TSN’s Bob McKenzie said on national television that “Rick Nash, to our knowledge, is not available.” It struck me as a sane comment in what is generally an insane time.

So I’m very surprised to write that things appear to have changed.

Renaud Lavoie, a hockey reporter with RDS, tweeted the following tonight:

2 NHL sources told me that #bluejackets Rick Nash is on the market. Nash have a no-movement clause and will controle his destiny.

RDS doesn’t have quite the same reputation for accuracy as its sister channel, TSN, but Renaud Lavoie is a veteran reporter and a solid source. Additionally, in his French-language original article, Lavoie states that his original source for the story was a National Hockey League general manager. It’s also been interesting to note the reaction out of Columbus, as reported by Blue Jackets’ beat writer Aaron Portzline:

#CBJ GM Scott Howson, thru spokesman, declines comment on RDS report that #CBJ captain Rick Nash is on trade block.

Of course, Lavoie isn’t the first person to suggest that a Nash trade could go down. The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch wrote on Saturday that the New York Rangers were interested in Nash and that Nash might be willing to waive his no-trade clause to get a deal done. However, given Garrioch’s reputation for passing along rumours, his column alone wasn’t sufficient evidence to believe a trade could be in the works. The additional report from Lavoie and the reaction from Scott Howson makes the story decidedly more interesting.

Lavoie cautions that Nash controls his own destination because of his no-trade clause, and that only a few teams have a shot at acquiring the Columbus star. In other words, if he’s going somewhere, it almost certainly won’t be a team like Columbus (or Edmonton) – it will be a team with a clear chance at winning the Stanley Cup this season.

Update: The New York Daily News reports this evening that the Rangers and Blue Jackets have had personnel at each others games over the past month, including Columbus general manager Scott Howson, who attended the Rangers/Flyers match on Saturday night. They also spoke to Nash’s agent, Joe Resnick, who declined to comment on the rumour. While these are interesting facts in light of other reports, they’re hardly definitive: professional scouts scout other professional teams on a regular basis, and with the Blue Jackets out of the playoff picture there’s no doubt they’ll be making moves at the deadline – moves that very well may not include Nash.


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I would love to have Rask here.


I would put all this in the Rick Nash Rangers rumor thread, but I feel like there should be a Rick Nash trade rumors thread in general.

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 04:23 PM

Nash-stakes are in full swing now.


My sources say the teams he will play for are: "Any team but Columbus."
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Posted 14 February 2012 - 04:31 PM

Top five landing spots for Rick Nash

After weeks, if not months, of a dead trade market the Columbus Blue Jackets finally breathed some life into it -- and changed everything.

For the right price, GM Scott Howson will move franchise forward Rick Nash and Nash immediately becomes the biggest name on the market, the biggest at any deadline since the Devils acquired Ilya Kovalchuk.

That said, it's going to take a massive return to pry Nash away from Howson and the Blue Jackets.

"You have to blow him out of the water," said one NHL GM. "Will he trade him then? Absolutely."

So who is poised to do that? Elite teams like Boston or Detroit probably wouldn't want to dismantle a winning roster but he becomes attractive to bubble teams looking for a huge boost before the deadline. But with only some of the NHL's teams ready and willing to deal, it does raise the question of timing.

"[Columbus] can't get 29 teams in the game," an NHL source said. "Why not wait until June?"

That could ultimately be the solution for Howson, but there are some teams who can do it now. And they may be willing to pay the steep price in order to get Nash sooner rather than later. Here are five leading candidates:

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I'm not signed up to that site, but in the tags it says, Kings, Leafs, Rangers, Flyers, Sharks.

So I guess those are the teams.


Parise for Nash?

I dont see this happening in a million years.

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 05:12 PM

Twitterverse suggesting LA is the trade partner. Bernier, Penner etc
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Posted 14 February 2012 - 05:32 PM

Twitterverse suggesting LA is the trade partner. Bernier, Penner etc


Don't think Penner will be the answer in Columbus.
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Posted 14 February 2012 - 05:33 PM

Everything points to the Rangers on my end.
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Posted 15 February 2012 - 05:31 PM

Deadline Diner: Where will Nash land?

COLUMBUS: The potential availability of Rick Nash now has consumed the portion of the hockey world focusing on the deadline. For good reason, too -- Nash almost certainly would be the best player available and one of the best ever dealt at the deadline if it were to come to fruition.

Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reported that Nash has submitted a list of teams to the Blue Jackets to which he would accept a deal, and his sources say the list is no more than 10 clubs. Portzline also wrote, "Among the clubs believed to be interested are the New York Rangers, Los Angeles, San Jose, Toronto and Montreal."

Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News pondered what it might take for the Stars to land Nash.

"The guess is pretty much anything short of Jamie Benn or Loui Eriksson, right?" Heika wrote. "I think you might toss Kari Lehtonen in the keep group, and maybe Alex Goligoski and Philip Larsen. But, really, everything else is on the table."

Heika tossed out names like Scott Glennie, Jack Campbell and Jamie Oleksiak that could be part of a package deal, and he believes it is worth it for Dallas GM Joe Nieuwendyk to call the Blue Jackets and see what it might take. Remember, the Stars have newfound stability in ownership and could have the means to absorb Nash's big contract.

Larry Brooks of the New York Post reported the Rangers have had preliminary talks with the Blue Jackets about Nash, but a source deemed it a longshot. Brooks reported the "opening asking price" was Brandon Dubinsky, Chris Kreider and a first-round pick, but also said "it would be hard to believe" that Columbus GM Scott Howson wouldn't want Derek Stepan and/or Ryan McDonagh in a deal.

Pierre LeBrun wrote in ESPN.com's Daily Debate that he expects the Rangers and Kings to be involved, but also pondered the possibility of the Philadelphia Flyers being in the mix. Any offer from Flyers GM Paul Holmgren probably would include some (or all) of the team's three young forwards -- James van Riemsdyk, Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier -- and maybe goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, as well.

Damien Cox of the Toronto Star wrote that Nash would be a nice fit for the Maple Leafs, but it would be a tough deal to make because of salary cap concerns and whether or not Toronto has the assets (and GM Brian Burke has to be willing to move them) to make the deal.

For the Leafs to be involved, names like Nazem Kadri, Joe Colborne and Luke Schenn are sure to come up. Maybe Mikhail Grabovski as well, especially to help make the finances work.

So yeah -- there are going to be lots of ideas and possibilities out there on Nash. Howson should have plenty of options to choose from, even on Nash's truncated list. While the Blue Jackets need a long-term solution in goal, Howson needs to secure the best package of talent he can, whether that includes a young netminder or not. Expect plenty more to come on this developing situation in the coming days.

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 06:19 PM

I'm excited. Nash is a great player, but I've never really been a big fan.
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Posted 15 February 2012 - 06:28 PM

I'm excited. Nash is a great player, but I've never really been a big fan.

I'm kinda the same, but I'm an fan of him.
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Posted 15 February 2012 - 07:29 PM

Trading Nash will garner a much bigger ransom than Carter will, I just think it would be better to do that in the offseason with no late season salary caps to worry about and only getting serious offers from your top contenders.
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Posted 15 February 2012 - 10:36 PM

Trading Nash will garner a much bigger ransom than Carter will, I just think it would be better to do that in the offseason with no late season salary caps to worry about and only getting serious offers from your top contenders.

Maybe not, maybe so. Teams may be desperate and goof and make a bad trade on their end and give us a diamond(s) in the rough.


But then again, I'm probably just saying that cause I'm impatient and can't wait to see what happens.



EDIT: RANDOM NOTE: I was looking at statistics and the Blue Jackets are playing better than, the Flyers, Capitals, Senators, Wild, and Hawks in the last 10 games... SUCCESS!!!

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 11:09 AM

Rick Nash, Jeff Carter, and Fedor Tyutin all absent from practice this morning.

So.. ya take that as you will.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 11:57 AM

There's a big difference between being on the market, and being shopped. Columbus is open for offers, not trying to get rid of him. I don't think he'll be moved until off season. They get more for him then.
The thing that will choke a deal is his contract. $7.8 million is a huge cap hit, especially for most of the contenders that are already close to the top. I can't see the Rangers simply because of that.
My guess? LA Kings in the offseason.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 12:15 PM

Don't think Penner will be the answer in Columbus.


Penner is just a salary dump in that deal.
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 12:16 PM

There's a big difference between being on the market, and being shopped. Columbus is open for offers, not trying to get rid of him. I don't think he'll be moved until off season. They get more for him then.
The thing that will choke a deal is his contract. $7.8 million is a huge cap hit, especially for most of the contenders that are already close to the top. I can't see the Rangers simply because of that.
My guess? LA Kings in the offseason.


The offseason is the key, why trade him now? It makes no sense, wait until the off season when all 30 teams will be interested.
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 12:24 PM

Rick Nash, Jeff Carter, and Fedor Tyutin all absent from practice this morning.

So.. ya take that as you will.

But... I wanna keep Tyutin...


But it would help rebuild the team as we would be moving a big contract and gaining capspace.
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 12:43 PM

I still think in the end there are 3 suitors...

Florida Panthers
Vancouver Cancuks
LA Kings

(Jacob Markstrom, Corey Schnieder, Jonathan Bernier)

Those are the 3, that I would have my eyes on to obtain if I were trying to rebuild.
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 12:45 PM

I still think in the end there are 3 suitors...

Florida Panthers
Vancouver Cancuks
LA Kings

(Jacob Markstrom, Corey Schnieder, Jonathan Bernier)

Those are the 3, that I would have my eyes on to obtain if I were trying to rebuild.


The Canucks aren't going to do it, the Luongo conversation is still to much in play I think. If I was betting the Kings win this conversation.
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 12:47 PM

I still think in the end there are 3 suitors...

Florida Panthers
Vancouver Cancuks
LA Kings

(Jacob Markstrom, Corey Schnieder, Jonathan Bernier)

Those are the 3, that I would have my eyes on to obtain if I were trying to rebuild.

I believe the Kings should be really intrested, that got a good club, but the only reason they are contending for playoff is their goaltending and defense, they will need a good offensive player, without one, they wont go too far in playoffs.
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 12:53 PM

Right I think there is differently practical levels between those 3. I also believe Vancouver to be on the slim on that list.

It takes a player of that variety, to me, to begin discussions like that.

(I'd take Jacob Markstrom over those 3. Thats my personal preference)

Like most, LA Kings makes the most sense. I'd hate to have to play against a Kopitar/Nash line.
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