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The Future Of The Blue Jackets

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.

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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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Evilpens's avatar

Pens would Have to Start with Martin & Staal & I just don’t see Shero trading his first 1st round Pick & he & Bylsma are in love with Staal ! But Capwise the Pens could make it work But I just do see Shero pulling the trigger…. Maybe Mario pushes him like he did on the Hossa trade

Posted by Evilpens on 02/15/12 at 12:39 PM ET

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rumors swirling around are ... Nash for Beech, Lupaschuk, and Sivek.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/15/12 at 12:40 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

It must be painful to be a CBJ fan.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/15/12 at 12:42 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Have NO clue why the Gave Martin a NMC clause + overpaid him

Posted by Evilpens on 02/15/12 at 12:57 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

I have a feeling Nash agreed to waive his NTC after hearing that Carter wanted out and that the BJ’s were going to trade him.
Why stick around if the team’s going to rebuild again?

I heard a crazy rumor of Nash going to Vancouver for Hodgson and Schneider.
I’m not sure if the Canucks make that deal. I have a feeling that with this new CBA, they’ll introduce a one-time buyout of any player and if that happens the Canucks would gladly part ways with Lou and make Cory their #1.

I’ve also heard Kesler for Nash, Braydon Schenn and Matt Read as well.

Posted by Hank1974 on 02/15/12 at 01:16 PM ET

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Rick Nash has been asleep on his skates for years.  Its for the best in Columbus that he goes.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/15/12 at 01:24 PM ET

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I have a feeling that with this new CBA, they’ll introduce a one-time buyout of any player and if that happens the Canucks would gladly part ways with Lou and make Cory their #1.

If the Nash trade were available why would the Canucks choose to take the chance that they could possibly pay Luongo millions and millions of dollars to go away rather than trade him for a potential 40-goal scorer?

Posted by Garth on 02/15/12 at 01:36 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

If the Nash trade were available why would the Canucks choose to take the chance that they could possibly pay Luongo millions and millions of dollars to go away rather than trade him for a potential 40-goal scorer?

Because I don’t believe there’s anyone stupid enough to take Luongo, and his contract in a trade - even for a 7th rounder.

If Howsen would actually take Lou in a trade for Nash, he should jump off the nearest bridge. I’m sure thousands of BJ fans would help him do it too.

Posted by Hank1974 on 02/15/12 at 01:46 PM ET

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Posted by Hank1974 on 02/15/12 at 10:46 AM ET

I misread your initial comment.  My bad.

Posted by Garth on 02/15/12 at 04:39 PM ET

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Screw Nash.

Can we get Pahlsson in a Red Wings sweater?

Posted by Primis on 02/15/12 at 06:17 PM ET

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Don’t understand why Howson’s being allowed to make this trade.

Posted by larry from pitt on 02/15/12 at 07:49 PM ET

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More specifically, I understand why Nash needs to go. I don’t understand why Howson is being trusted to set the price and move him.

Posted by larry from pitt on 02/15/12 at 07:50 PM ET

HockeyFanOhio's avatar

I don’t understand why Howson still has a job.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 02/15/12 at 09:38 PM ET

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