Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/25/12 at 05:12 PM ET
from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,
Take a deep breath and exhale before you read this:
Alex Ovechkin for Rick Nash. Straight up.
Would you do it? If the Blue Jackets threw in a first-round pick or a top prospect, would you even consider it?
More importantly, would George McPhee and Ted Leonsis pull the trigger on such an enormous, franchise-altering deal?
Ovechkin, who will turn 27 in September, has nine years and $85.85 million remaining on the 13-year extension he signed with the Capitals in 2008. Ovechkin carries a cap hit slightly over $9.5 million and has a no-trade clause that kicks in July 1, 2014.
Nash, who will turn 28 in June, has six years and $46.8 million remaining on an eight-year extension he signed in 2010. Nash carries a cap hit of $7.8 million and has a no-movement clause through the 2014-15, one he apparently is willing to waive.
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