Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/04/11 at 02:07 PM ET
from Greg Brady of SN590 The Fan,
Rick Nash made a big “life” decision two summers ago. Soon after the 2009 July free agency period began, Nash, after seven full seasons in Columbus (after being drafted #1 overall from the London Knights in 2002), and the Jackets first playoff appearance (a sweep at the hands of the eventual Western Conference champions, the Red Wings), signed a $62.4 million/8 year extension. Nash could have been a free agent the following summer when July 1, 2010 struck — the same day Ilya Kovalchuk hit free agency. You remember Kovalchuk, right? Once one of the most feared wingers in the game? Four straight 40-goal seasons, including two where he topped 50? Yeah, I liked that guy. I’m sure he’s doing great wherever he is.
But watching the Maple Leafs embarrass the Blue Jackets in front of hundreds of Jackets’ faithful at Nationwide Arena last night, I got to wondering about Rick Nash and his motivation. That, in part, was precepitated by Nash appearing on our “Brady And Lang In The Morning” show Wednesday morning before the game. He sounded not terribly thrilled with how the Jackets are playing, their results, how they’re being accountable to each other, and to management and who could blame him. Since that contract was extended and Nash pledged to be a Blue Jacket (a highly-paid one at that at $7.8 million/per year) until the end of the 2017-18 season, or until he’s 34. If he fulfills the contract, Nash will have played fifteen seasons in Columbus. Imagine it. Now stop shuddering. And this has NOTHING to do with the city or the fans. Just the opposite, in fact.
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