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Blue Jackets may or may not trade Nash, but they’re going to move their #2 pick

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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continues to ask for the moon, stars, sun and several planets for the services of one Rick Nash.

Yep, completely not realistic. At this rate, I am wondering if he is just pretending to trade him. Nash will stay there till the end of his contract….because that is what the GM really wants

Posted by Ben from not from columbus on 06/22/12 at 05:23 PM ET

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Got an e-mail today saying that they traded for Bobrovsky.

“The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for second round (No. 45 overall - previously acquired from Phoenix) and fourth round picks (No. 117 - previously acquired from Vancouver) in the 2012 Draft and a fourth round pick (previously acquired from Phoenix) in the 2013 Draft, club Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced today.”

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 06/22/12 at 06:03 PM ET

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George,
I was not aware that the Wings were, in any way, in the mix for Nash. Dreger says that they are very interested, and involved, but who wouldnt be. is this just another case of Kenny kickin’ tires or is there any sort of realistic chance he comes to Detroit?

Posted by letsmakeit12 on 06/22/12 at 06:32 PM ET

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continues to ask for the moon, stars, sun and several planets for the services of one Rick Nash.

Why would he not?

Posted by Garth on 06/22/12 at 08:06 PM ET

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Because Nash has been asked to move so it’s just a matter of time before he hits the wall and has to trade him, no realistic way this doesn’t fuch up the lockerroom if he’s there at the start of the season.  And by then, GM’s are going to say, we may WANT him but you NEED to trade him. 

If he was more realistic right now, he may get more return before teams start committing to the way they’re going to look next year.

Possibly.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/23/12 at 05:12 AM ET

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