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by Paul on 02/15/12 at 12:17 PM ET
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,
The willingness to trade Nash, the club’s captain since 2008, suggests that two decisions have been made by the Blue Jackets’ hierarchy.
First, that the organization is willing — or perhaps planning — to embark upon a radical overhaul of the roster, a rebuilding plan that could take two or more seasons to complete.
The Blue Jackets’ brass decided a few weeks ago to pursue a trade of center Jeff Carter. Others, including R.J. Umberger, Antoine Vermette, Derick Brassard, Sammy Pahlsson and Curtis Sanford, also could be available.
After a meeting last Wednesday that included majority owner John P. McConnell, club president Mike Priest, Howson, senior adviser Craig Patrick, interim coach Todd Richards and likely others, a plan was forged for the days leading up to the trade deadline, and it seems a Liquidation Sale sign now swings from the dressing room door.
Second, the fact that Howson is overseeing a possible Nash trade is a sign that McConnell and Priest plan to keep Howson in place as general manager — despite three straight seasons without a playoff appearance, including the worst record in the league so far this season.
added 9:32am, from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
I took a small poll of GMs and execs, asking if there is any chance Nash and the Blue Jackets could patch things up in true Valentine’s Day spirit. One brought up Steve Yzerman and Detroit, which is a great argument. But others pointed out that Yzerman never wanted to leave, while Nash clearly is ready to go.
“You can’t go back now,” one GM said. But he and others believe the deal won’t get done until the draft.
While it’ll be painful to have this drag, it’s probably for the best. Only one team is going to get Zach Parise, which will make Nash an even hotter commodity. Maybe another team makes a run and appeals to him. The trade contenders will have time to work their budgets/cap space.
Nash must understand he is guaranteed to be a winner in all of this. His no-move means he has ultimate control. Nothing happens that he doesn’t like.
But by rushing, Columbus could make a mistake. There’s a reason these kinds of trades take time.
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