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Would You Trade Ovechkin For Nash?

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?

Probably not….

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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Primis's avatar

Ovechkin for Nash?  Seriously?

We need some trades up in here.  The writers are losing their minds trying to come up with content to write on…

Posted by Primis on 02/25/12 at 04:16 PM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

Nash, a 1st, and a 2nd for Ovechkin and an even worse contract? Why not? The more Ovi co to he’s to take advantage of his “rock star” status and not take care of himself, the worse he’ll get.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 02/25/12 at 05:02 PM ET

John W.'s avatar

Ovie would probably retire go play in the KHL if he were traded to Columbus.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 02/25/12 at 05:28 PM ET

HockeyFanOhio's avatar

If I were Columbus, I’d say no freakin’ way.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 02/25/12 at 05:44 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Making shit up just for the sake of making shit up.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 02/25/12 at 05:48 PM ET


A lifeless Ovi sells more tickets than a guy that would bore the paint off walls. You only trade ovi if you want to go broke.

Posted by timbits on 02/25/12 at 06:08 PM ET


A lifeless Ovi sells more tickets than a guy that would bore the paint off walls. You only trade ovi if you want to go broke.

Or if you believe that he can’t be the ticket seller he once was.

I agree, tickets are clearly the biggest issue. If you think even for a moment that he could be back to his old level, then there is only one guy you’d rather have than Ovechkin. But if you believe, and there is much reason why one might believe, that he will never be a “take you out of your seat”, 50-60G, yearly Hart candidate, then his contract starts to look ridiculous.

The Capitals are not at that level yet. I’m sure every fan and people in management believe he can still be that draw. No way you consider this right now.

Posted by RockTheTank8 on 02/25/12 at 07:02 PM ET


Nash for Ovechkin is a lopsided deal but not as lopsided as Carter for a 1st and Jack Johnson so anything could happen.  As crazy as it sounds, both players could use a change of scenery but you better believe the NHL (and even more so NBC) would be throwing a shit fit over either Crosby or Ovechkin being moved.  Washington also could kiss the winter classic goodbye too.

Posted by Chris on 02/25/12 at 08:30 PM ET

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