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by George Malik on 06/22/12 at 04:47 PM ET
Every indication suggests that Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson continues to ask for the moon, stars, sun and several planets for the services of one Rick Nash, so his confirmation to the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline that he has yet to find a, “You give me a quarter of your roster for one player” partner is less than surprising…
Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said he’s not close to a trade for Jackets’ captain Rick Nash. Asked how close he is to accepting a offer, Howson said: “We still have a ways to go.”
Indications are that a deal will not get done today, but—as you’ve seen many times before—that can change with one phone call. Howson said he’s open to fielding calls on the draft floor tonight, as the first-round plays out in Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center.
But Portzline reports that Howson does plan on moving his 1st round pick, all of 2nd overall in the draft:
Howson said action is picking up on the No. 2 pick. He seems almost excited to trade it.
“We got a couple more phone calls last night, so it’s certainly out there,” Howson said. “We’re getting some interesting calls. For us, it’s going to depend a little with what goes on with the first pick before we can make a decision.”
Howson indicated that any trade that sends the Blue Jackets down a few spots on the draft board would probably be for additional picks, not a player who could provide immediate help.
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