Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/02/12 at 03:13 PM ET
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
• Philadelphia is most definitely on Nash’s list of approved destinations. The Flyers have been in on talks with the Blue Jackets regarding Nash for months now. Last week’s trade of James van Riemsdyk to Toronto does not create a roadblock to a deal, we’re told, only a hurdle. The Jackets liked van Riemsdyk and would have gladly taken him in the deal. But the Flyers have plenty of pieces still that could get it done.
• The New York Rangers still appear to make the most sense, based on their organizational configuration. Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports Howson is insistent on getting Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh or Derek Stepan—one of those three, if not two of them—in any deal for Nash. We’ve not been able to confirm those names on this end, but it’s been suggested that most of the clubs still interested in Nash have presented a couple/few possible packages.
• Detroit is in the running. Yes, the Red Wings, the should-be Central Division rival of the Blue Jackets. We’re told the Blue Jackets would swallow hard and trade him to Detroit, knowing they’d face him six times per season for the next, what, 22 years? Really, Nash probably has 10 seasons left, but for disheartened, demoralized Blue Jackets fans it would seem that kind or torment. Many have asked what the Red Wings would possibly offer. That’s unclear, and we won’t speculate.
• You just know San Jose is in the weeds. The Sharks have an offer on the table. It could be sweetened.
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