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What Howson Wants For Nash

from TSN,

Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson is looking to acquire a couple of NHL-ready forwards in any deal for forward Rick Nash.

Speaking with TSN’s Gino Reda on Friday’s edition of That’s Hockey, Howson talked about what it would take for him to pull the trigger on a deal for his captain.

“If we do complete a trade, we’re trading out a 30 to 40 goal scorer,” said Howson. “Defence is probably the strongest part of our team if we look at it today, so we’re looking to get some NHL forwards back first and foremost.”

Howson also indicated that he will continue to be patient and is comfortable holding on to the nine-year NHL veteran for as long as it takes.

“We don’t have a deadline,” said Howson. “Rick’s under contract and we’ll continue to work at this…and we’ll hope we get a resolution to this.”

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Primis's avatar

Howson’s delusional.

Every day Nash stays on the roster, his trade value drops a liiitttlle more.

Posted by Primis on 07/13/12 at 09:52 PM ET

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Question for anyone who cares:

Barring any change in the CBA that ends the “lifetime” contract trend, does anyone think that situations like this might make players think twice about getting locked into an extreme term deal with one team, or is the pull of the guaranteed money and the incessant whispering of agents in their ear outweigh the possible negatives, like being stuck on a dead end team for their entire careers?

Posted by Hootinani on 07/13/12 at 10:32 PM ET

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Hootinani -

Good question for Suter/Parise in a few seasons when they’re playing with a team of AHLers around them.

Tomorrow’s headline - Rangers trade Redden for Nash.

Posted by Jay on 07/13/12 at 10:52 PM ET

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Barring any change in the CBA that ends the “lifetime” contract trend, does anyone think that situations like this might make players think twice about getting locked into an extreme term deal with one team, or is the pull of the guaranteed money and the incessant whispering of agents in their ear outweigh the possible negatives, like being stuck on a dead end team for their entire careers?

The problem is, if that was going to be a real issue for someone like Nash is certainly should have been already.  It’s not like it is some kind of surprise that the Jackets haven’t been able to do anything since they signed him… they didn’t do anything before they signed him, either.

That the team you are welded to for 10 more years might stink for all of them has always been something players should be aware of.  The thing is, with the Richards and Carter deals being traded, and in some cases multiple times, guys who have those lifetime deals know they just have to either suck enough or whine enough and they’ll get moved.

The catch is when a player signs a big deal to a team whose GM is an idiot.  Enter Scotty Howson.  He could have moved Nash last year for Dubinsky, Erixon, their 2011 first round prospect (Miller), their 2010 second round prospect (Thomas), and this years Rangers #1 pick (28th overall).

That’s as much as a rational person could ever dream of getting for Nash, considering Nash’s contract.  Nothing great, but nothing expensive either.

But since Howson sucks at his job, he’s thinking it’s 2001 and players are only traded based on how good they are, and not how good they are compares to how much they make.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 07/13/12 at 11:11 PM ET

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“I have a value that I’ve placed on Rick and that our whole organization has placed on Rick,” Howson said. “He’s an elite player, he’s been a tremendous ambassador for our franchise and our city and we’re very comfortable with the value we’ve placed on him and until we get that value, we’re going to keep working away at it.”

This is where Howson’s demonstrating how out of his depth he is as a GM.  He’s totally delusional.  Of course Nash is more valuable to a struggling franchise like Columbus, that’s why they had to overpay him with that contract in the first place.  Howson’s never going to get the value Columbus places on Nash because no one else is buying Nash the ambassador, they’re buying Nash the hockey player.  Since I can’t imagine anyone upping the price significantly at this point, and it doesn’t look like Howson is aware of how trades work, I don’t think Nash is moving any time soon.

Posted by RoneFace on 07/14/12 at 01:17 AM ET

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In Howson’s delusional world, there’s a chance he can trade Nash to Pittsburgh for Malkin and Crosby. He’d be lucky to get Jagr and Selanne.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 07/14/12 at 08:22 PM ET

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