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Don’t Send Nash To Detrot

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Now, can you imagine Nash playing with Pavel Datsyuk or Henrik Zetterberg in Detroit, and drumming the Jackets six times a season? Imagine Red Wings fans scalping off half the house at Nationwide Arena, reveling in the carnage and throwing seafood on the ice? Imagine this going on for six or eight or a dozen years?

Please, say it ain’t so. The Red Wings are supposed to be archrivals. They play three hours up the road in Michigan. They are in the same division. Chase them, catch them and maybe, eventually, beat them — but do not help them.

Do not give them the only star the Jackets have ever had, the franchise’s career leader in every important offensive category, the man who was supposed to be the cornerstone of the enterprise. To do so would be a crime against sport. Is that an overstatement? I do not think so. Think of the fans. Think of the soul of the operation. It should have a soul, should it not?

There is only one scenario whereby Nash-to-Detroit would be acceptable, and that is if the Wings give up GM Ken Holland, coach Mike Babcock and a goaltender (preferably, Jimmy Howard). Absent such a weighty return, the Jackets are no closer to beating the Wings for another generation. Is that not the point, to beat them?

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I’ll give up Jimmy and Ken for Nash. Book it. How fast can I sign that deal.

You can’t have Mike-future coach of the Wild - Babcock, though.

Posted by ElCapitan on 07/05/12 at 12:15 PM ET

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You’ve got to love the Dispatch writers.  Arace doesn’t even know what the hell he is talking about.

Granted, the Jackets have a perception problem, especially as it relates to swinging a big trade. The problem was exacerbated on the eve of the draft, when Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero and his Carolina Hurricanes counterpart, Jim Rutherford, pulled off a blockbuster that included Jordan Staal, Brandon Sutter and a first-round draft pick. It was huge, fast, neat and clean. Jackets fans saw it go down and buried their heads in their hands. Where is the action on Nash?

Umm, you have heard of a guy named Parise… right Mike Arace?  Any fan with half a brain knew that Howson was going to wait until Parise signed.

The Red Wings are supposed to be archrivals.

There needs to be actual competition between two teams before you can call it a rivalry. 

They play three hours up the road in Michigan.

This has to be the most annoying thing about the Dispatch coverage and the Jackets marketing strategy.  Its no wonder the CBJ have no identity year after year. 

Please stop trying to make DET/CBJ an accessory to the OSU/UofM rivalry, its a whole cloth contrivance.  There are 28 other teams out there who want to see the Wings go down.  Your college football tradition doesn’t make you special when it comes to hockey, nor does it make you the heir apparent to the Dive, Schmucks or Pittsburgh as a rival in Detroit.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 07/05/12 at 12:26 PM ET

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I also hope Columbus doesn’t trade Nash to Detroit, albeit for entirely different reasons:

1) Nash is maybe worth his contract, although I doubt it.
2) In order to get that contract, Detroit would actually have to give up stuff.
3) ‘Stuff’ in this case is quite a bit, mostly because Howson is a moron.

So no, pass on Nash.  If he were a UFA I’d consider throwing him a deal, but under much better terms than he has now, and I certainly don’t want to have to give up picks and players just to acquire a player with a contract he may not even be worth.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 07/05/12 at 12:28 PM ET

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How would DET make this trade happen, what do they have to give, that the Jackets are looking for, they have asked teams for Skinner,Faulk, Couture. What is it that DET has to offer in the way of a top 3/6 Fwd + prospects that Howson is looking for? I just don’t see it.

Posted by RyanS from Calgary on 07/05/12 at 12:43 PM ET

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2) In order to get that contract, Detroit would actually have to give up stuff.

3) ‘Stuff’ in this case is quite a bit, mostly because Howson is a moron.

Those two points say it all, especially the final four words.

Assuming CBA negotiations go well and the first week of September rollls around, Howson will either have to accept far less than what he’s demanding now or he’ll have to go into training camp with a guy who’s made it perfectly clear he doesn’t want to be in Columbus. And that’s exactly what he deserves because “Howson is a moron.”

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/05/12 at 12:43 PM ET

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Shut up, Arace.  The same shit you wrote was said years ago about Chelios.

Them’s the breaks.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 07/05/12 at 12:44 PM ET

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Posted by HockeyinHD on 07/05/12 at 11:28 AM ET

This encompasses the reason I would be much happier going for Bobby Ryan.

Posted by Garth on 07/05/12 at 12:56 PM ET

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Don’t Send Nash To Detrot

Is that a typo or Arace’s opinion of The D ?

Posted by mc keeper on 07/05/12 at 01:25 PM ET

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This encompasses the reason I would be much happier going for Bobby Ryan.

Totally agree.  First, I’m not sure Nash is actually better.  Second, I absolutely know Ryan has a much better contract.  Third, I’m pretty sure Detroit could get Ryan for rather less than they’d have to give up for Nash.

Fourth, and finally, when a player plays long enough and loses enough, he is broken.  I think Nash has played so much losing hockey on so many awful teams that he would be at least two or three years in a winning system away from getting put back together psychologically as it relates to an expectation of winning hockey goes.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 07/05/12 at 01:25 PM ET

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Third, I’m pretty sure Detroit could get Ryan for rather less than they’d have to give up for Nash.

The thing with Ryan is that Anaheim seem to know exactly what they want, not some vague, ever-changing combination of top line forwards, defensemen, picks, goalies, prospects, real estate holdings, insider trading stock market tips and scratch-off lottery tickets.

Posted by Garth on 07/05/12 at 02:08 PM ET

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Fourth, and finally, when a player plays long enough and loses enough, he is broken.  I think Nash has played so much losing hockey on so many awful teams that he would be at least two or three years in a winning system away from getting put back together psychologically as it relates to an expectation of winning hockey goes.

Have you seen Tyler’s post?

Posted by Herm from the office on 07/05/12 at 02:14 PM ET

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Gee Mr. Arace i think this would matter more if you were a CONTENDER!

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 07/05/12 at 02:21 PM ET

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. Arace i think this would matter more if you were a CONTENDER!

And, as of right now, the Red Wings are?

Posted by RoneFace on 07/05/12 at 06:27 PM ET

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Umm, you have heard of a guy named Parise… right Mike Arace?  Any fan with half a brain knew that Howson was going to wait until Parise signed.

True, but I think the point probably is that with another general manager at the helm, Nash could have (should have?) been traded six months ago, right?  Before Parise became an issue.  It didn’t have to get to the point where Howson had to wait for the draft to be over, then wait the endless free agency sagas to be over, etc.

Posted by Lex Talionis on 07/06/12 at 09:47 AM ET

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