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by Paul on 06/16/12 at 09:37 AM ET
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
By all appearances, the Jackets are standing pat. They are comfortable and confident that President Mike Priest, Howson, senior adviser Craig Patrick and Tyler Wright, the rookie co-director of amateur scouting, will seize their draft opportunities, unearth a capable goaltender, extract a windfall in a Nash trade and “refresh” rather than rebuild the roster. Given their recent track record, the confidence is not justifiable.
(John) Davidson is not in the picture, which is to say that there is no fresh thinking in the front office — and a Nash trade is all but a fait accompli. The likeliest scenario is that a deal will be consummated on Thursday, on the eve of the draft, or on Friday night, before or after Bettman’s convocation address. The deal will be a blockbuster, inherently, and it will set the draft floor on its ear.
There is a lesser chance that a Nash trade will not happen until the free-agent market opens on July 1, but you probably will not have to hold your breath that long.
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