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Rick Nash Update

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

All eyes across the NHL are fixed on the Blue Jackets, who are actively shopping captain Rick Nash in hopes of making the biggest trade in the brief history of the organization. And, oh yeah, there’s a draft going on tomorrow.

The Blue Jackets have shown much patience in making a Nash trade, turning down offers that weren’t to their liking at the NHL trade deadline in February. GM Scott Howson continues to insist that he’ll wait as long as it takes to get the right return for Nash, even if it means going beyond the start of free agency on July 1, and even if it means Nash remains a Blue Jacket heading into next season.

Can you say elephant gestation?

Howson and Nash’s agent, Joe Resnick, are going to meet this afternoon in Pittsburgh, site of the 2012 NHL Draft. The message from Resnick will be loud and clear: “Trade him!” The message coming back from Howson will be just as succinct: “Not until the deal is right.”

Even if the Blue Jackets agree to a trade with a club on Nash’s preferred list, they have to seek approval ffor the trade rom Nash and Resnick. As of noon on Thursday, that has not happened.

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SYF's avatar

Man, I have a feeling this is gonna turn UGLY.

As long as Howson’s running that team, he’ll accomplish nothing.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 06/21/12 at 04:01 PM ET

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It is in Howson’s best interest to tell Resnick he won’t rush to trade him. That makes it more likely Nash accepts whatever deal and destination Howson can come up with. The only card Howson has is Nash wants out, so he can’t be held in a Heatley situation where a player wants out, but isn’t willing to go where the best deal can be made.  Now, I’m still not convinced Howson is capable of making the right deal, but holding Nash until he is willing to go anywhere is his best chance of making a decent deal.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 06/21/12 at 04:15 PM ET

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What a mess for everyone concerned.  Anyone think the Wings will go after him?  Babcock has been wanting a big, goal scoring forward for awhile…  I realize he won’t come cheap - that assets will have to be sacrificed.  Just wondering…

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 06/21/12 at 04:54 PM ET

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What a mess for everyone concerned.  Anyone think the Wings will go after him?  Babcock has been wanting a big, goal scoring forward for awhile…  I realize he won’t come cheap - that assets will have to be sacrificed.  Just wondering…
Posted by MsRedWinger from Michigan, now in Flori-duh on 06/21/12 at 02:54 PM ET

Will never happen. We’d have to give up too much and they’d never, ever deal with their “rival”.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 06/21/12 at 05:13 PM ET

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I love seeing GMs suffer the consequences of making stupid contract deals.

No way the Wings sign Nash.  The only team dumb enough to sign someone like that would be the Rangers.  Or maybe San Jose…

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 06/21/12 at 05:31 PM ET

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The only team dumb enough to sign someone like that would be the Rangers.

C’mon you don’t give the Flyers enough credit. The Canadiens would normally be the ones willing to accept the contract (cough*Gomez*cough), but they have a new sheriff in town.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 06/21/12 at 07:42 PM ET

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(cough*Gomez*cough),

Really?  The contract of a bonafide sniper who has one scored less than 30 goals once in 9 years despite never having a true setup man is comparable to a playmaker who was overvalued when he hit the market and has on scored more than 20 goals once in his career?

Posted by Garth on 06/21/12 at 08:22 PM ET

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