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Nash reportedly down to five possible teams

Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:24 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 1:44 pm
Nash reportedly has a wish list of five teams. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

Look what the Columbus Blue Jackets started. Now every few hours there is a new Rick Nash update after word leaked they'd consider trading their captain.

Then again, we can thank them for what they jump-started, too; the NHL trade deadline.

Nash is available at the right price ... for a couple of teams. Five to be exact. Because of his no-trade clause, the Jackets had to ask Nash for a list of team's he'd waive it for to approve a deal. Who's on it? Would he put any big-market teams on there considering he's seemed to enjoy playing in the smaller Columbus market?

Thanks to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch who has been all over this story like the league's discipline offices on Matt Cooke, we have the teams that are believed to be on the approved side.

Boston, Los Angeles, the Rangers, San Jose and Toronto are believed to be on the approved list for Nash — he would have to waive a no-movement clause in his contract before he could be traded — but the return the Blue Jackets seek could vary widely from club to club.

The Rangers and Kings have been the first two teams mentioned with Nash since the rumors began. So it's interesting they're on the list. The Maple Leafs are involved with every big name available in some capacity, so this will only stoke that fire. The Sharks have good friend Joe Thornton. And the Bruins? Well that'd just be unfair.

It goes without saying that this is just one small step for the man. There is still a giant leap or two to go.

It's going to take a lot to get Nash from the Blue Jackets. The good news for the suitors: there isn't really a position the Jackets couldn't use help at. A goalie will be at the front of all the talks, but they need defensemen and help scoring, particularly if they trade Nash and Jeff Carter. Plus, you can never really have enough scoring regardless.

Portzline speculated on what it would take to get the GM Scott Howson to trade Nash, looking specifically at the top two contenders.

The Blue Jackets are said to want at least one young roster player along with a combination of top prospects and quality draft picks. Using that criteria, the Rangers seem to make the most sense, and the New York Post reported on Tuesday that the two sides have had preliminary discussions.

The Rangers have a player the Blue Jackets have pursued for years in forward Brandon Dubinsky, but they’re also stocked with young defensemen — Michael Del Zotto, Ryan McDonagh and Tim Erixon, among others — and forward Chris Kreider, currently playing at Boston College.

The Blue Jackets play on Sunday at the Rangers.

Los Angeles could provide something the Rangers cannot — a top goaltending prospect. Jonathan Bernier, the No. 11 overall draft pick in 2005, has spent the past two seasons as the seldom-used backup to Jonathan Quick. However, the Kings don’t have young prospects to match the Rangers.

Well it sure sounds like a certain President's Trophy contender is in the cat bird's seat here, now doesn't it?

My concern about the Rangers trading for Nash -- aside from the heavy cost -- is the fit. Not that I would foresee any problems with Nash jelling with the Rangers, it's just being wary of messing with a good thing. Obviously the Rangers have that part down pat. They have the best points percentage in the league and are seven points up on everybody else in the East while no team has played fewer games than them.

No doubt adding a little more scoring would help the Rangers this season. If they have an Achilles' heel, it's probably still the offense. I'd just be leery of fixing something that's not broken.

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Since: Jan 8, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 5:16 pm

Nash reportedly down to five possible teams

Send him to Vancouver for Cody Hodgeson ,Jannick Hansen and Cory Sneider ,Sneider needs to get out of that back-up position and be #1 goaltender.Big waste of talent being a backup and Columbus could certainly use a goaltender like him

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 4:57 pm

Nash reportedly down to five possible teams

Red Wings bound....The Lord himself couldnt produce on the bottom feeding squad in columbass.

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 4:53 pm

Nash reportedly down to five possible teams

C'mon George McPhee, trade Mike Green and a bag of used pucks for Rick Nash !! 

Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 4:45 pm

Nash reportedly down to five possible teams

Nash is overrated.  he consistently plays to a minus and is a decent goal scorer.  he's a poor version of kovalchuck and look how long it took him to learn 2-way hockey with the devils.  if we are going to give up a ton of young talent it better be for someone better than nash.


Since: Aug 5, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 4:44 pm
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Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:25 pm

Nash reportedly down to five possible teams

AGREE BIG DAWG but if we could make a trade with out touching the big club, NO KRIEDER, NO MCglarth,,,,,,think about it, we have a pleathra of prospects, where r they gonna play? You can trade zucchs, wolski, thomas, sauer, erickson, miller and the list goes on , ,,, if we could get ryan or vanek  for a 1st, thomas , erickson and miller 
, id something like that

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:21 pm

Nash reportedly down to five possible teams

Not that common sense and trading away the farm for a marquee name has ever stopped Slats and Little Jimmy before. Dolan's Knicks are still a painful example of what happens when you trade almost your entire team for one role player (which is what Carmelo Anthony is - a one-dimensional scorer). Hopefully that lesson has sunk in at Penn Plaza. But if it hasn't and they destroy the current team's chemistry, then we will be chanting "Sather S--ks" from the cheap seats soon. Get your whistles tuned up and stand by.

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:50 pm

Nash reportedly down to five possible teams

An open post to MSG, Cablevision, Glen Sather and Torts:

Do not, under any circumstances, make a move for Nash. The team on the ice is in such a way, that to remove a piece could result in a tear that cannot be repaired. You (mgmt) have worked hard to infuse youth and energy into this club. Ride the tide! Don't fix what ain't broken!

Go Rangers! 

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