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Nash stays put; Howson says Nash requested move

Posted on: February 27, 2012 3:34 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2012 8:22 pm
Columbus did exactly that, keeping No. 61. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

The deadline has come and gone and Rick Nash remained with the Columbus Blue Jackets. That's going to make for an awkward end to what has been a very miserable season in Columbus.

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson didn't help it become less awkward when he told the media at his post deadline news conference that it was Nash who approached the team about a trade, not the other way around.

"With respect to Rick Nash. He approached us and asked us to consider a trade. We agreed to accomodate his request as long as we could get a deal that would provide us with cornerstone pieces to help us compete for a Stanley Cup championship in the coming years," Howson said. "It did not happen by 3 o'clock today. This is too important to our franchise and our fans to do a deal that is not in our best interest. We pursued a number of options, but none provided the value back that we could justify trading a player of Rick's caliber.

"It doesn't really matter how close we were because it didn't happen. We had significant discussions today, but it didn't happen."

For the last two weeks the ebbs and flows of the Nash story were as constant as the ocean tides. The biggest name on the trade block by a long ways, the deals being discussed were more than blockbusters. They would have been franchise definers.

But much like the rest of the 2012 trade deadline, it didn't get done. Really, it exemplifies the entire deadline. It was a dull a trade deadline as we've seen in a long, long time. We thought last year was quiet with only 16 deals on deadline day. This year beat that by one deal.

All along the Jackets were demanding a very high price for Nash, and rightfully so. Scott Howson absolutely had to get a huge return for Nash and was dead set on getting it.

"The price was high and I don't apologize for that," Howson said. "It had to be high."

The Rangers, long viewed as the front-runners, were reportedly out on Sunday night of the Nash hunt. But they ramped it back up according to reports. A lot.

In fact, Darren Dreger of TSN said they made a very serious final push in the waning hours.

That mammoth offer? According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, this is what it looked like:

Columbus GM Scott Howson rejected what is believed a Rangers' final offer of Dubinsky, 21-year-old defenseman Tim Erixon, 2011 first-rounder J.T. Miller, 2010 second-rounder Christian Thomas and a first-round selection in this June's Entry Draft.

That didn't fit Howson's high price and I can't blame him too much. He wanted one of four guys (Michael Del Zotto, Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh). The addition from previous reported offers was Christian Thomas, but it still wasn't enough.

Now all this means is that the talks will be put on hold. It really seems like this whole thing spun out of control so much that there is no way Nash can return to the Blue Jackets next season. The activity will pick up again in the summer time and you're likely going to see the same teams mentioned in the chase: The Rangers as well as the San Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs. Nash's agent said his list of teams he'll accept a trade to won't expand in the summer, so there likely won't be many surprise contenders, but you never know.

"He's a member of our team right now, he's our captain," Howson said. "That's not going to change, nothing's going to change. Obviously we are going to look at all of our options as we move forward. We'll see what happens once we get around the draft and this summer."

Howson essentially backed the bus up over his captain today. In no way did he really help this situation with his comments. Admitting that Nash came to him wasn't a great start to rehabbing the image, nor is it good in his pursuit of getting a great return. It became even more clear after this that Nash can't remain in Columbus now. He actively wants out and now everybody knows that. That strengthens the suitors' resolve in not caving to Howson's demands. Eventually if anyone caves you have to think it is Howson.

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Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:01 pm

Nash stays put; Howson says Nash requested move

what kind of ranger fan are you  ,,, sorry  but totally disagree with you

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:47 am

Nash stays put; Howson says Nash requested move

Erixon and Thomas aren't top prospects, as much as the team pushes them to be, Erixon is struggling in AHL, a #1 pick would be end of 1st round, so they would get Dubinsky, who has not been a top player this year, and Miller, who is a few years away, and still unknown. They were smart to reject this offer, it's not much. A bunch of names Rangers have "fluffed" to make them look like can't miss guys, they will miss, just like they did on Nash.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:27 am

Nash stays put; Howson says Nash requested move

In all honesty and I'll admitt I'm a ranager fan but how can howson turn down that deal down.
If the deal was dubi, tim erixson, jt miller, christian thomas and a 1 for nash plus that burden of a contract  ,,, jeez  what is howson thinking
there is NO WAY he gets a better deal from any team like the one we offered him nor will he in the future
Howson would of had 3# ones, plus JJ, dubi, miller ,erixson, thomas and all that free cap space,, man how is that not a good start to rebuild
CLB fans should be pretty PO'ed if you ask me

Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:05 am

Nash stays put; Howson says Nash requested move

Overpaid. Just like OSU players.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:52 am

Nash stays put; Howson says Nash requested move

You cant blame Nash, he stayed, he tried, he extended. He has watched the franchise get worse and worse each year. He wants to win a playoff game before his career ends. CBJ are years from competing for the last playoff spot. Nash is not overrated. He is an exceptional player on a continually terrible team. In 10 years of hockey they have one playoff appearance. The team is getting worse. Can you blame him? I sure dont. It is obvious management is terrbile. Nash stayed long, that shows character to me in this sport. He didnt whine, he asked for a trade. It is to my understanding he requested this trade in private and ownership made it public. That is decent. I was hoping the Flyers got this guy but oh well....

Since: Jan 29, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:38 am

Nash stays put; Howson says Nash requested move

Every body is talking about nash. What about the oilers and hemsky could be one of the worst signings in a very long time. The bumb does not deserve that kind of cash. The oilers should of trade him for avery and ten hockey sticks

Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 8:54 am

Nash stays put; Howson says Nash requested move

Nash is an overrated punk and cry baby. The sooner you go the better. Now we in Columbus can look forward to him playing even worse then he already has this season. He has had maybe a couple good seasons and that's it. If he did not want to play for Columbus then he shouldn't have signed a new deal. Just another over paid athlete.

Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:52 am

Nash stays put; Howson says Nash requested move

galf-  High5  Cool

Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:50 am

Nash stays put; Howson says Nash requested move

Howson should be quoting Darryl Rogers pretty soon "what's a guy got to do to get fired around here?"

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:07 am
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