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No matter where you choose to place the blame for Nash’s departure – management or player – trading the franchise player is a sad day for any franchise. It’s not the end of the world, and certainly not the end of the franchise. But it represents the end of an era in Columbus, one that held such promise but never quite delivered. Over the last few days, more than a few people have reached out via email or Twitter to say that their family members – sons, daughters, moms, etc. – actually cried last Monday when he was traded. Most hardcore sports fans will understand that type of emotional response to sports (especially if you root for the Browns). The sun will rise again for the Blue Jackets. In fact, it already has risen, with the arrival of three promising players and a first-round draft pick. But Nash is moving on, and a few young hearts are hardened. The lost generation of Blue Jackets fans has now lost its guy.

-Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers where you can read 60 more thoughts on Rich Nash.

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IwoCPO's avatar

Portzline is everything our Diggers aren’t. Great blog post.

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 07/29/12 at 07:26 PM ET

Ducksworth's avatar

I still can’t believe Howson held out that long for that kind of return. Pretty bad…

Posted by Ducksworth from Brownstown, MI on 07/30/12 at 01:24 AM ET

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1) Until the Jackets get a good GM they are going to continually spin their wheels between mediocrity and down right crap. Howson has NOT displayed the ability to improve this team(as his predessessors before him. Quality franchises start with good management
2) As for Nash, he probably did the organization a favour by requesting(or being asked to be?) traded.  His prodction has waned, but his cap hit is maximized for 6 more seasons!  Yes, Howson should have recieved more, but in the current uncertainty over the CBA, Nash’s short list of teams he’d agree to go to, it probably limited his options.
3) Look for Nash to have a 35 goal, 70 point season BUT the Rangers won’t advance further than they did this past season

Posted by Fauxrumors on 07/30/12 at 10:41 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Portzline is everything our Diggers aren’t. Great blog post.

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 07/29/12 at 06:26 PM ET

I agree.  It’s… thorough.  I’m not the biggest Portzline fan, but a story like this is honestly what a team like CBS probably needs to move on and have actual closure.

Posted by Primis on 07/31/12 at 12:36 AM ET

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