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Nash: 'Felt I could be a huge part' of rebuild

Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:11 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2012 12:47 pm
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By Brian Stubits

Just when you thought the Rick Nash story was going to die down after the trade deadline came and went with him still in Columbus, Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson decided to reveal at the post-deadline news conference that it was Nash who approached the team about a trade.

Well on Tuesday Nash had his first chance to talk about the trade deadline and his request to leave the only franchise he has ever known.

"I was informed by management that there was a rebuild, a reshape, of the team, and I personally felt I could be a huge part of that, toward bringing assets in," Nash said after the team's skate. "I think that was in my view that was the best thing for the team, the organization, and personally for my career."

It sounds noble to be sure. And I'm not even going to be the cynic here and say there's no truth to that, that Nash is trying to remain the good guy. He's been incredibly dedicated and loyal to that franchise, I believe he was interested in helping them build for the future.

Just don't be fooled into not reading that Nash just doesn't want to be part of it. The organization has more or less been in a perpetual state of rebuilding. Can't blame Nash for being ready to play on a winning team. He'll take the martyr role in the process.

Here is an interesting back and forth from today's media availability that allows you to read through the lines however you choose.

"I think the biggest thing is when management said they were going to make a rebuild and a reshape, I thought the best thing for the team and for the organization would be to get assets for me, and I thought it would be best for my career."

Reporter: "Best for your career, to go somewhere else?"

Nash: "To be part of the rebuild."

What will be interesting to see now is how the fans in Columbus treat Nash. They have beloved him as the face of the franchise for years. Now, we'll have to wait and see.

"I don’t know what to expect," Nash said. "I think I’ve been with these fans my whole 9-year, 10-year career here and I love them no matter what. They’re a great fan base, loyal. They’ve been patient with this organization and this team, and no matter what the reception is I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for our fans."

I'm going to go out on a limb here (not really) and say the overwhelming majority won't be mad at Nash. I doubt many if any of them could blame him for wanting to leave, whatever the reason. If his intentions really were as noble as he says then there's definitely no way they could feel scorn for him.

Now that Nash's retort is out of the way, this can be put on the backburner until the summer. On to the playoff push.

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Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:10 pm
 

Nash: 'Felt I could be a huge part' of rebuild

He couldn't lead ants to a picnic. Shows up half the nights he plays. Coasts the rest. Never will live up to talent or potential. Only Excuses Land.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:01 pm
 

Nash: 'Felt I could be a huge part' of rebuild

seeing him at that press conference, inexplicably throwing his own player, captain, and champion, under the bus while reading from a script, was strange, poorly thought out, and probably the lowest point of a dismal and failed career in management.

I don't know what press conference you were watching, but Howson didn't throw anybody under the bus.  If telling the truth is throwing a player under the bus then good for him, honesty is normally a good thing.  What did Howson say that was so wrong or insulting?  He was asked direct questions and answered all of them honestly.  He told everybody that Nash asked for a trade a couple weeks ago which Nash has confirmed to be true.  Why should Howson take the blame in the media and flack from the fans for trying to trade a player that asked to be traded?  Why shouldn't he be a little upset he was limited to a lousy FIVE TEAMS he can negotiate a trade with? Do you have any idea what a pain in the butt that must have been? You can bet more teams then that made offers for Nash, even if they weren't on the list.  Howson was forced to listen and negotiate anyway and pray Nash would change his mind if the right offer came across the table.  Howson with this whole Nash thing was put in a terrible situation.

I'm NOT saying Howson has done a great job with Columbus, in my opinion the entire management team from the owners down have done a bad job, no doubt about it.  But THIS TIME Howson did a great job.  He handled everything professionally, did his best to trade Nash and even with all the pressure from Nash and his camp he didn't buckle under pressure and make a stupid trade that kills the franchise long term.

Why does Nash get a free pass?  Why doesn't he get smashed for limiting the Jackets to 5 teams instead of allowing them to speak with more gm's and get the best value possible?  Why doesn't he get smashed for LYING to the media and saying he "wanted to be part of the rebuild process" ????  If Nash was a real man he would have spoke the truth.  He would have said I asked for a trade because I don't want to rebuild anymore, I'm in my prime and I want to win".  He didn't say that.....  he tried to pull the "I wanna do the Jackets a favour" crap......

Nash didn't have the balls to speak the truth.  At least Howson did... 



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:28 pm
 

Nash: 'Felt I could be a huge part' of rebuild

Millions watched as Nash, under the guidance of mike Babcock, was one of Canada's best players en route to an incredible gold medal Olympic championship. Seeing Nash work as a defensive monster, and rise to the challenge selflessly with a singular focus on becoming a champion sent a clear message as to the kind of character he is, the potential he has, and the frustration he must feel watching the team around be mismanaged for TEN YEARS of a career he knows Will likely not last ten more. To say he has never won anything, or that he "is a douche" for having a good contract, is ridiculous. Howson left Edmonton with a tremendous amount of respect as a hard worker and a potential great gm, seeing him at that press conference, inexplicably throwing his own player, captain, and champion, under the bus while reading from a script, was strange, poorly thought out, and probably the lowest point of a dismal and failed career in management.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 7:43 pm
 

Nash: 'Felt I could be a huge part' of rebuild

I was wondering if he gave him the list of teams just to tie his hands.



Since: Nov 20, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 7:18 pm
 

Nash: 'Felt I could be a huge part' of rebuild

"Rebuild" ? What rebuild? Have they ever "built"?




Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 5:27 pm
 

Nash: 'Felt I could be a huge part' of rebuild

Howson and ownership's poor management team has led to the never ending rough times that the Blue Jackets's have had.  Howson should have lost the job last season, instead ownership's need to be right about this guy's GMing is the bigger issue.  An actual rebuild could have been in place this season, instead of using the band-aid overpaying for a few parts philosophy.  It hasn't worked for Montreal, it never helped the Oilers.  Band-aid overpayments are the worst.

Band-aids don't fix any team long-term, properly scouting and developing the right talent is the first step.  Two Columbus GMs have been just awful at drafting ever since Nash was easily selected.



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 5:24 pm
 

Nash: 'Felt I could be a huge part' of rebuild

Rick Nash isn't a cancer, but he is a colossal douchebag.  First for rescinding his trade provisions to a short list that restricted the number of deals the Blue Jackets could make to move him.  If he wanted a trade so badly, then be winning to go to Winnipeg or Carolina.  Secondly, he's engaging in all kinds of lies following deadline day that he wanted to be part of rebuilding ?  Please.

Of course Howson is a crappy GM.  Perhaps he asked too much from teams like the Capitals and Rangers and no viable trade materialized.  Sometimes the best deal is the one you don't make.  But I don't fault him so much as Nash, who handcuffed him from the beginning.  Hopefully, he's able to get decent value for Nash, and all parties benefit.



Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 5:00 pm
 

Nash: 'Felt I could be a huge part' of rebuild

I can't make a comparison in the NHL of who this guy reminds me of as far as talent and being a part of such a shi##y team, but it is a crying shame.  Usually Detroit (pre CBA) would've picked this guy up en route to a Cup.  I hope next year he finally lands somewhere and gets to taste the playoffs at least.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 4:49 pm
 

Nash: 'Felt I could be a huge part' of rebuild

Yeah, because it's all Nash's fault Howson can't decide whether he wants to rebuild, or load up.  We've done each twice now in his 3 year  running the Jackets.

I never said it was Nash's fault that Howson sucks at being a gm, you misunderstood what I was trying to say.  What i was saying is Nash isn't telling the truth, Nash didn't ask to be traded to be nice or part of a rebuild, that's B.S.  Nash asked to be traded because he doesn't want to rebuild, he wants to start winning hockey games and have a chance at a cup.  What I said is that instead of being honest Nash took the easy way.  He figured just in case he's not traded he doesn't wanna be the bad guy and get booed every night.

BUT, what I DO blame Nash for 100 percent is for only providing a list of 5 teams he's willing to waive his no movement clause for. That's ridiculous... it's pathetic.   If he's going to ask to be traded which he knew would create a huge commotion then open it up to ALL teams, or if not all at least 15 or 20 teams which increases the chance a trade gets done exponentially.  

Remember, it wasn't Columbus asking Nash it was the other way around.  If Columbus asks Nash to waive the NMC then yeah, I'm ok with Nash saying "screw you, I'll give you my top 5 and no more" because that would mean Columbus is backing out on a deal they agreed to.  Since Nash wants to go elsewhere, he should have made it simpler for Columbus.

If I'm Howson I tell Nash's agents if I don't have a bare minimum of 10 or 12 teams I can call and try and negotiate with I have no interest in moving him.  I'd tell his agents too bad so sad, Nash is going to honor the contract he signed.  



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 4:26 pm
 

Nash: 'Felt I could be a huge part' of rebuild

Yeah, because it's all Nash's fault Howson can't decide whether he wants to rebuild, or load up.  We've done each twice now in his 3 year career running the Jackets.


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