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by Paul on 02/27/12 at 08:27 PM ET
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The gloves came off Monday in what had been a civilized divorce proceeding between Rick Nash and the Columbus Blue Jackets.
After failing to get his price for the unhappy star forward by the 3 p.m. Eastern time NHL trade deadline, Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson revealed it was Nash who asked for a trade. Until then, it was assumed the Blue Jackets were the ones who reluctantly came to the decision it was best for their rebuilding plan to trade Nash.
Nash did nothing to persuade anyone otherwise until the weekend when his agent, Joe Resnick, said they hoped a trade would be completed by Monday’s deadline. Resnick also put pressure on Howson to complete the trade by saying Nash would not change the short list of teams he agreed to be traded to by this summer when more teams might be willing to meet Howson’s price.
“[Nash] approached us and asked us to consider trading him,” Howson said. “We agreed as long as we could obtain the cornerstone pieces to build our franchise.”
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