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Nash might be willing to waive no trade clause

Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:20 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2012 1:22 pm
 
NashBy: Adam Gretz

Rick Nash is pretty much the NHL's version of Steven Jackson, the running back for the St. Louis Rams. An underappreciated great player that has spent his entire career hidden on what has been a terrible team, while always being a good citizen and company man about the whole situation, putting up with losing season after losing season with the hope that brighter days are on the horizon.

This season has been no different, as the Blue Jackets enter their game on Thursday at San Jose with the worst record in the league. Even worse, the team is off to the worst start in franchise history, an impressive accomplishment for an organization that's only had one winning season in its entire existence and never won a playoff game.

When you combine all of that with the fact that Blue Jackets general Scott Howson has previously said he's going to be active in the trade market, and the fact we're approaching the point in the season where trade discussion picks up a little bit (just look at what might be happening out in Anaheim), it's only natural that a player like Nash is going to be talked about, even if it's just rumors or speculation.

Nash is currently in the second year of an eight-year contract that pays him an average annual salary of $7.8 million. It also has a no-trade clause through the 2015 season, and Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch recently asked Nash if he would be willing to waive it if the Blue Jackets approached him regardin a trade.

“That’s a tough question to answer in a situation like this,” said Nash, via the Dispatch. “I love Columbus. I love being here. I love being a Blue Jacket. The city of Columbus deserves a winner and deserves a good product on the ice. If it comes to that — like you said, all speculation — but if they don’t want me here, they want to move me? I’m not going to do something where it’s going to hurt the franchise just because I have that in my contract.”

Not exactly an "I'm not interested in leaving" response, but it's also not a "get me the hell out of here" type of plea, either.

Nash is still only 27 years old and in the prime of his career. Trading him at this point would not only mean the Blue Jackets are giving up on what's already a lost season, but it would also signal the start of yet another rebuliding phase (or, perhaps more accurately, continuing the "building" phase). He's still signed long-term, so there should be no rush to move him at this point, especially during what's been somewhat of a down season for him offensively (why sell low?).

In response to Nash's comments, Howson told ESPN's Pierre LeBrun that the organization's "position on Rick has not changed," which would seem to indicate that he has no interest in trading his captain and best player at the present time.

Since joining the Blue Jackets as the No. 1 overall pick back in 2002, Nash has scored 271 goals in his nine seasons with the team, including a pair of 40-goal campaigns and four straight seasons with at least 30 goals.

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Comments

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:43 pm
 

Nash might be willing to waive no trade clause

For reasons discussed below, I still believe that the Sabres are a long-shot for landing Nash

Here's the thing.  If I'm wrong and the Bluejackets decide that trading Nash within the division or the western conference isn't the way to go, I still say he could end up in Buffalo very easily.   But that being said if they don't mind trading within the division or conference I think there will be enough interest and talent going their way Buffalo won't get him.   

If Nash does not go to Buffalo, my second preference would be Chicago.  I would like to see Patty Kane win another cup.  (I was at a Red Wings game earlier this season - they smoked the Canucks.  All those banners were one of the most awe inspiring sights that I have ever seen in sports.  That being said, you don't need any more.)

Its been like 3 years since we played in the stanley cup finals, we're due for another appearance :)

I'll be pissed off as hell if Chicago gets Nash, that being said the more I think about it I doubt they even try to get him because the Hawks are pretty deep on the wings... heavy price to pay for a position you don't really need to add to.

We'll see what happens... I'd love to see Nash in Detroit..... and if the Wings can pull off a trade like that and keep their core in place, they'll be even tougher to beat then they are today.

Either way I expect the Wings to be tougher to beat in this year's playoffs then the last 2 years.  Our D is actually doing a great job overall and Howard has progressed nicely. 


 



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:09 pm
 

Nash might be willing to waive no trade clause

The more I think about it I believe Buffalo in the eastern conference is a great choice for Nash.  With the Pens having issues and with Crosby hurt, and the Caps in my opinion not as good as they were the last few years, Buffalo could be dangerous adding Nash.
Just when I was reaching the sad conclusion that my Sabres were an unlikely trading partner with Columbus, I see this.  If nothing else, you've lifted the spirits of a die-hard fan.  For reasons discussed below, I still believe that the Sabres are a long-shot for landing Nash.  If we see a salary-dump trade emanating from Buffalo then I will be more inclined to think that they are in play.  Terry Pegula's culture seems to revolve around "spend-what-it-takes" to win a SC, so a salary dump will make them look like trade deadline sellers.  As it is, it's getting too quiet in the First Niagara Center - something had better be done to get the team on track!

I guess we'll know the outcome by the time I am watching the Sabres in Anaheim on leap-day.

For the most part I agree with you but I'll stop short of saying a playoff bound team that acquires Nash has a chance at a stanley cup.
I clearly overstated my point on the earlier message.  I am not asserting that Nash will be playing for a SC favorite regardless of where he relocates.  It was really a nod to recent history - for instance, the hockey team from Philadelphia reaching the SCF.  Really, I based my comment on the hubris that GM's often feel about their trading savvy.  Any team that is playoff bound may believe that getting Nash is the piece that pushes them over the top and therefore may be a motivator to overspend in the likely case that this becomes a bidding war.

In the end, I will let your comment correct my imprecision.

If Nash does not go to Buffalo, my second preference would be Chicago.  I would like to see Patty Kane win another cup.  (I was at a Red Wings game earlier this season - they smoked the Canucks.  All those banners were one of the most awe inspiring sights that I have ever seen in sports.  That being said, you don't need any more.)



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:46 am
 

Nash might be willing to waive no trade clause

Generally, I agree with you.  However, any team that is playoff bound, and that adds Nash, will be capable of getting to - and  - the cup.  It will have to be a team that can satisfy Columbus' needs first - hence Columbus is not likely to bring on a lot of salary in return.  It will have to be a city that Nash is comfortable going to.  If Nash and Hitchcock have a good relationship, the Blues may be the front runners.

For the most part I agree with you but I'll stop short of saying a playoff bound team that acquires Nash has a chance at a stanley cup. 

I think a conference or division winner increases their chances of winning the cup exponentially by acquiring Nash, but I'm not sure a fringe playoff team is going to win three best of 7 series to get to the finals just by acquiring Nash.  The Leafs are a great example of a team that in my opinion isn't winning anything, with or without Nash.  They give up way too many goals have little talent on the back end.  And when Connolly is your best center you have problems.  

St Louis could be an option but do you honestly see St Louis even with Nash beating 3 western conference teams 4 times to get to the finals?  Something about that team doesn't do it for me... I don't think they are a good choice for Nash if he even wants to win a cup. If St Louis doesn't win the division ( and I don't think they will) they potentially could have to beat somebody like a Detroit or Chicago team in the first round, and then possibly a Vancouver in the second round.....   but either way they'll have to beat some pretty darn good teams to get there.

The more I think about it I believe Buffalo in the eastern conference is a great choice for Nash.  With the Pens having issues and with Crosby hurt, and the Caps in my opinion not as good as they were the last few years, Buffalo could be dangerous adding Nash.

In the west if I was Nash and I wanted a real chance at a cup, I want to play in Detroit or Chicago.  Vancouver would be a good choice but they can't take on that salary and probably wouldn't want to anyway, too many big salaries already for the Canucks. 



Since: Jan 25, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:34 pm
 

Nash might be willing to waive no trade clause

Nash and Semin same age.  I think getting Semin away from Ovie he becomes a star.  I see Fleishman is an All Star this year.  Semin has inante talent equal to Nash..  Also salaries match.  Maybe Caps give up youn goalie along with him like either Neuwirth or Holby.  They also have a couple of good D men.  SHultz and Erskin not on A list right now.  Remember 2 years ago Schultz was +54.




Since: Jan 25, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:29 pm
 

Nash might be willing to waive no trade clause

Why is everyone focusing on Toronto.  Why not Caps for Semin?  Maybe Caps give up Holby as well. 



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2012 7:09 pm
 

Nash might be willing to waive no trade clause

he'd more likely waive his trade clause for not only a team playoff bound, but a team who's more capable of getting to the cup.

Generally, I agree with you.  However, any team that is playoff bound, and that adds Nash, will be capable of getting to - and winning - the cup.  It will have to be a team that can satisfy Columbus' needs first - hence Columbus is not likely to bring on a lot of salary in return.  It will have to be a city that Nash is comfortable going to.  If Nash and Hitchcock have a good relationship, the Blues may be the front runners.



Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 4:10 pm
 

Nash might be willing to waive no trade clause

I don't think Nash will be traded this season. Yet, if he were, he'd more likely waive his trade clause for not only a team playoff bound, but a team who's more capable of getting to the cup. Pittsburgh, the Rangers are a few teams that spring to mind. It's a case of the rich getting richer rather than the needy claiming what they need.




Since: Nov 7, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 3:20 pm
 

Nash might be willing to waive no trade clause

the leafs dont need another winger  they need a legit #1 center



Since: Nov 7, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 3:19 pm
 

Nash might be willing to waive no trade clause

nash is worth 6 alex semins,  5 years age difference, completly opposite attitudes, only a dumb caps fan would think this is a good trade



Since: Nov 7, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 3:18 pm
 

Nash might be willing to waive no trade clause

oh yah hed look good with the lazy russian alright!! OV blows..... washinton will never ever win a cup with ov on the team, hes a lazy foreign peice of crap........... not to mention washinton cant afford nash and has no prospects to trade for him


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