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Nash Or Carter?  How About Waiting Until The Summer

Craig Custance in an ESPN Insider (paid subscription) compares Rick Nash to Jeff Carter.  His conclusion…

Nash has received the bulk of the attention over the last week and that will continue until he’s traded or the trade deadline expires. He’s a game-changer and for a team like the Kings, might be the ideal addition at the deadline. But for other teams like the Rangers or Maple Leafs, the cost might be too great. Not only is Nash a salary cap liability, it’s going to sap the organization of key assets. And for a team like Toronto, that covets Ryan Getzlaf, it would all but end that possibility if the Ducks decide to trade one of their big forwards this summer.

Carter is the safer choice but doesn’t come with the high-end dominance that Nash provides. The best play? It may be for contenders to pass on both players and see what transpires this summer in Anaheim or with potential free agents Ryan Suter or Zach Parise.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Columbus Blue Jackets, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jeff+carter, rich+nash

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I think this is a case in which waiting for the summer would benefit almost everybody.

“Contenders” that are interested in him wouldn’t have to worry about Nash possibly upsetting the chemistry of the team going down the stretch.  And because of that, you know there are teams that would be interested in getting him in the summer that simply won’t risk upsetting the chemistry during the season, so if Columbus would be willing to wait till the summer then there would be that many more suitors, that many more competing offers, that much more competition which could artificially inflate the asking price for him.

So basically, it would be good for any team that isn’t, say, Toronto.

Posted by Garth on 02/20/12 at 02:32 PM ET

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I think it’d be different if he were a UFA or Carter was a UFA, but they have serious contract/cap hit’s and aren’t going away.  Hard to do cap gymnastic past midseason while trying to contend for a cup and work out the long-term implications as well.

Also your point Garth, I made to my buddy last week.  There’s a very niche market for Nash or Carter right now.  During the off-season teams there’ll be an exponentially larger market for him, thus greater return.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/20/12 at 02:42 PM ET

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Yeah.  Which probably means that Howson takes the first decent offer he gets and maybe the Rangers have their new Scott Gomez if they falter down the stretch or in the playoffs.

Posted by Garth on 02/20/12 at 03:20 PM ET

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I thought the same thing but I’m wondering now if Patrick doesn’t unofficially hold the reigns now.  I thought for sure Nash’d already been gone to the first team to offer a 1st round pick and a scouting job.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/20/12 at 03:29 PM ET

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Maybe they can send Nash to LA for Richards Bernier and a top pick.  Would help the Bar business in Columbus at least.  Carter would have his drinking buddy back.  They could get back some of the money he’s stealimg at the bar.

Posted by 13 user names on 02/20/12 at 10:42 PM ET

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