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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Nash said the comparatively lengthy recovery process attached to what was his second concussion in eight months has altered his perspective.
“I’ve come to realize that with all this stuff going on, I’m going to have more than half of my life to live after I retire,” said the 29-year-old. “There’s a lot to life after hockey.
“Headshots are a serious problem in the game. You see them all the time,” said Nash, whose team will play in Dallas on Thursday to open a five-game trip including stops in Nashville, Tampa Bay, Florida and Boston. “You watch the highlights and it seems like there’s a headshot every night.
“Something has to change.”
(Brad) Stuart was suspended for three games for the blow in question. Nash does not question that. He doesn’t assign the burden of affecting change to VP Brendan Shanahan, the Department of Player Safety or the NHL. The burden, he believes, is on the players to change their behavior.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Rick Nash has targeted either Tuesday at the Garden against the Bruins or Thursday in Dallas for his return from the concussion that has sidelined him since Oct. 8.
“As long as there are no setbacks,” Nash said following the Rangers’ morning skate on Saturday. “Everything has been positive, and I’ve been pushing it every day.”
Nash, who will have missed 17 straight games following the weekend’s matches on Saturday at the Canadiens and Sunday at home against the Kings, has skated eight straight days. He was cleared for contact beginning with Friday’s practice.
“I don’t know if there’s going to be a moment [when I make the decision to play]. I think I need some more down-low work and a bit more practice in game-like situations,” Nash said. “I’ve really only had two practices with the team, not counting a pregame skate.
“It takes some time to get the legs back, but I think I’m feeling better than I thought I would. I seem to be keeping up with guys who have been playing, so that’s definitely a positive.”
from Steve Zipay of Newsday,
"The plan is each day to do more and more on the ice and in the gym and see if any symptoms pop up," said Nash, who has scored 30 or more goals seven times. "And as we move along, just kind of work my way back into game situations. I've been in touch with the doctors the whole time, obviously, we'll keep them in the loop. It's day by day. We'll figure it out tonight and go to a new game plan in the morning."
The next step would be a full-team practice, then taking contact in others.
But Nash, who is signed through the 2018-19 season with a cap hit of $7.8 million per year, said there was no need to hurry back into the lineup.
"When you look at it, New York's invested a lot in me and I've invested a lot in them," he said. "I think even if we were losing, it would be stupid to rush back, just because of that. It's a long-term contract and we want to make sure from both sides that I come back at 110 percent ready to play."
Take this for what you will. The New York Post's Larry Brooks suggests that the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers may be pursuing a trade because the Rangers have come up short on offense minus the concussed Rick Nash:
The Oilers dispatched a scouting expedition featuring their president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe, general manager Craig MacTavish and special adviser Mark Messier to the Garden on Monday for the Rangers’ 2-1 defeat to the Ducks.
Edmonton, which has opened 3-10-2 under first-year coach Dallas Eakins, is believed to be accepting offers for veteran winger Ales Hemsky while also exploring the market for second-year winger Nail Yakupov, the first overall selection in the 2012 Entry Draft.
Even if interested in Hemsky, the Blueshirts would have to maneuver to get under the cap in order to accommodate the 30-year-old. Hemsky is on the final year of a contract worth a $5 million cap charge and is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July.
from Andrew Gross of The Record,
With each passing day of silence, the questions grow louder when it comes to Rick Nash.
Not so much when the Rangers' elite right wing will return from his latest concussion, because any absence due to concussion is, by definition, indefinite.
But, there is scientific evidence each successive concussion heightens the chances of another, quite possibly with long-lasting effects.
So, will Nash and the Rangers have to deal with more in the future? And, if so, exactly what kind of player can the Rangers expect Nash, who turned 29 this off-season, to be over the course of his $62.4 million deal, which runs through 2018.
from Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants,
Rick Nash will miss at least the Rangers’ next two games after suffering a head injury on Brad Stuart’s shoulder check in Tuesday night’s 9-2 loss at San Jose, for which the Sharks defenseman was suspended three games by the NHL on Wednesday.
The Rangers announced today that Nash has been sent back to New York so he will not dress for tonight’s game at Anaheim or Saturday’s game at St. Louis.
Newsday’s Steve Zipay, out in Anaheim for today’s morning skate, further reports that Nash will not be undergoing further evaluations, he just does not feel well enough to play at this time. After Saturday, the Rangers do not play again until Wednesday at Washington so Nash and the Rangers do have the luxury of some built-in recovery time.
continue for more on the Rangers...
As Paul noted, Tim Thomas appeared to tweak his groin or some othe part of his "lower body" in the Florida Panthers' 2-1 loss to Philly on Tuesday, and while I was preparing to have my beard trimmed for the first time in six years, Pro Hockey Talk's Ryan Dadoun notes that Niklas Backstrom got dinged in the Wild's 3-2 loss to Nashville...
[T]he Minnesota Wild are reporting that netminder Niklas Backstrom is done for the night due to a similar problem.
Backstrom lasted just 11:14 minutes against the Nashville Predators and surrendered two goals on five shots. He sustained the injury when Nashville forward Eric Nystrom crashed into him and seemed to accidentally jam Backstrom’s leg against the post.
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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
As much as the move was talked about, extensively rumoured, and considered a formality for about six months, Rick Nash didn’t know much about New York City, in all of its oddball glory, until he was actually traded there and started living in the Big Apple.
Laymen view it as part Woody Allen movie and part Lou Reed song. The reality is something far different – less rather than more, and quieter than you think.
“You’re not in the tourist areas – which I didn’t know,” Nash explained, during a visit at Rangers training camp in the Rocky Mountains. “Before I went there, I thought I was going to live in Times Square – and walk out the door and there are millions of people there. It’s totally the opposite. It’s a lot more chill. You’re in the different areas that feel like neighbourhoods, but still you get the amazing restaurants, the shows, whatever it might be.
“It has to be, easily, the greatest city in the world. There’s always something to do, always something going on, so much life, so much energy. I really do love it there.”
New York embraced Nash, too – although it was a complicated transition, given Nash arrived in town for NHL training camp and soon realized a lockout was on again.
from Aaron Portzline of hte Columbus Dispatch,
When the trade went down, Howson and the Blue Jackets were blistered by many in the national hockey media.
“This is a disaster for the CBJ,” said former Blue Jackets GM Doug MacLean, who now works for Canadian TV network Sportsnet.
ESPN’s Barry Melrose said, “I don’t think that’s enough (in return).”
TSN’s Aaron Ward said, “I feel bad for Columbus.”
Clearly, the Blue Jackets gave up the best player in the trade. Nash is a perennial All-Star, an Olympic gold medal winner, etc.
But the trade had a transformative effect on the Blue Jackets, both on the ice and in the room. Dubinsky and Anisimov helped set the tone for what became a much faster, hard-working team.
“It gave us depth,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. “We went into the season knowing our strength was our defense, but with Arty and Brandon being able to play so well down the middle, it really stabilized our lineup, gave us more competitive lines, and we used those guys in just about every aspect of the game.”
Talk like this has been going on all day...
from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy.
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
STRANG: How much of a change has it been travel-wise coming from Columbus?
NASH: You spend a lot more nights in your own bed, that's for sure. The biggest thing is the time change, too. Everywhere we traveled, except Detroit, was a time change. So you're always getting back an hour later, obviously getting there an hour earlier and, besides Detroit and maybe Nashville, everything is pretty much over two-hour flights. So, here we're taking a train or 30-minute flights. It's just a lot better. A lot better travel. You're not on a plane for two hours, getting home really late. It is definitely a perk, playing in the East.
STRANG: Have you taken much time to reflect back on the circumstances that brought you here? The trade deadline and everything that followed?
NASH: I have a short-term memory in that situation. That six months is definitely behind me. Everything worked out the way I wanted it to.
STRANG: How has that transition been, coming to New York? Are you pretty adept at hailing a taxi now, navigating the city?
Unfortunately Nash would have scored against his own goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
"This is what I dreamed of. This is what I think NHL hockey is -- playing in an Original Six market, playing in a sold-out building every night. Growing up in Toronto, this is what hockey feels like."
-Rick Nash of the New York Rangers. Nash appeared on ESPN radio in New York today and you can read more from Nash by Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.
No matter where you choose to place the blame for Nash’s departure – management or player – trading the franchise player is a sad day for any franchise. It’s not the end of the world, and certainly not the end of the franchise. But it represents the end of an era in Columbus, one that held such promise but never quite delivered. Over the last few days, more than a few people have reached out via email or Twitter to say that their family members – sons, daughters, moms, etc. – actually cried last Monday when he was traded. Most hardcore sports fans will understand that type of emotional response to sports (especially if you root for the Browns). The sun will rise again for the Blue Jackets. In fact, it already has risen, with the arrival of three promising players and a first-round draft pick. But Nash is moving on, and a few young hearts are hardened. The lost generation of Blue Jackets fans has now lost its guy.
-Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers where you can read 60 more thoughts on Rich Nash.
from Steve Zipay of Newsday,
Now 28, Nash, a distinguished winger with a resume that includes five All-Star appearances, an Olympic gold medal and seven seasons of between 30 and 41 goals, is a Blueshirt, acquired in the hope that he can be the missing piece for a gritty team that advanced to the Eastern Conference finals last season.
“This changes the complexion of our team,” Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said. “You don’t get a chance to make a deal like this very often.”
Sather isn’t alone in that assessment.
“Where do you find a 6-4, 235-pound guy with hands, who can skate, is entering his prime, with limited miles on him—although every night he was the No. 1 focus, tightly checked, man-on-man, because teams knew if you shut down Rick Nash, you beat Columbus?” asked Doug MacLean, who drafted Nash first overall in 2002 and was the Blue Jackets’ general manager from 1998 to 2007. “Now people are telling me he’s overrated. Are you serious?”
Don’t be fooled by the low-key demeanor, said MacLean, who compared Nash’s personality—and development—to former Red Wing and Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman. “Quiet guys do their talking on the ice,” MacLean said. “When Stevie was captain, and I was in Detroit, at first he struggled a bit, but he matured and as he was surrounded by better players, he went to another level.”
more (normally a paid sub., but this one doesn’t appear to be)...
In a three minute interview with Sportsnet, Nash touches on numerous topics.
Watch the interview below…
from Katie Strang of ESPN New York,
After spending the past ten years of his career with the small-market Columbus Blue Jackets, Rick Nash knows he is in for a drastic change of scenery with the New York Rangers.
Shipped to New York in a blockbuster trade on Monday—a painstaking deal that took five months to complete—the 28-year-old star winger said he’s ready for the challenge of playing underneath the bright lights of Broadway.
“I think the main thing was looking at the team, looking at what they’ve done over the years. It’s something I’d love to be part of. I’d love to help them out. I think the big-market is just a bonus that comes along with it,” said Nash, who hails from Brampton, Ontario.
“Growing up around Toronto, this is kind of what I’m used to for hockey. It was a bit of a change playing in Columbus. After being there for nine-ten years, I think I’m looking forward to seeing all this.”
added 3:18pm, Rich Nash talks about the move to New York in a short video below…
Will be multiple players involved in Nash trade to NYR. Contracts are being reviewed, etc. All to be done before trade call.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 23, 2012
Dubinsky, Erixson and 1st believed to be 3 of 4 pieces included in Nash trade.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 23, 2012
Dubinsky, Anisimov, Erixon and a 1st for Rick Nash.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 23, 2012
I would imagine the minor leaguer going to NYR from CBJ is because CBJ would have been over 50 contract limit with additions from NYR.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 23, 2012
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.”
from Rob Oiler of the Columbus Dispatch,
Rick Nash is unhappy in Columbus, but during his nine seasons here, he always has acted professionally. Unless that changes — and it is possible; a prolonged holdout meant to force a trade would be a big shift in professional behavior — the CBJ’s best player will remain as such. He will perform on par with his skill, not his employment status.
But even if Nash’s professionalism goes south, so what? Negative locker-room issues often are overrated. Many examples exist in which teammates tore at each other behind the scenes but still excelled on the field. That is not to say disruption should be sought; the 2011 Boston Red Sox showed that dysfunction and drinking in the clubhouse don’t always mix.
Context counts. Bickering teammates is a different problem than players barking at management, which is different from a disgruntled star who complains about his predicament. The sport matters, too. Football seems to benefit/suffer more than most sports from good/bad chemistry.
But regardless of the shaky situation, a venomous atmosphere is not always a death knell to success.
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
“Most people I know feel like there’s more to give there yet with Rick,” said former NHL forward Ed Olczyk, now an analyst for NBC and Comcast SportsNet Chicago. “There’s still that untapped ability. You wonder what numbers he could put up if he played on a really good team with really good offensive players.
“Teams should be licking their chops to get this guy in their lineup. He has a chance to be a top-three goal-scorer in the league. Somebody is going to hit a grand slam with this guy.”
It has been suggested that Nash’s performance in the Olympics and world championships stand as proof he would be a superstar on a team with at least one other All-Star player.
“Some guys are just OK when they play with superstars. They get lost in the shuffle,” said Brian Engblom, a former NHL defenseman who is an analyst for NBC. “Rick goes the other way. He becomes a dominant player on big stages like that, and I’m sure GMs have taken note of that.”
There’s also a feeling around the NHL that Nash belongs among the second or third tier of stars in the league, an All-Star who hasn’t made his teammates better and a player whose performances have tailed off the past few seasons.
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
Now, can you imagine Nash playing with Pavel Datsyuk or Henrik Zetterberg in Detroit, and drumming the Jackets six times a season? Imagine Red Wings fans scalping off half the house at Nationwide Arena, reveling in the carnage and throwing seafood on the ice? Imagine this going on for six or eight or a dozen years?
Please, say it ain’t so. The Red Wings are supposed to be archrivals. They play three hours up the road in Michigan. They are in the same division. Chase them, catch them and maybe, eventually, beat them — but do not help them.
Do not give them the only star the Jackets have ever had, the franchise’s career leader in every important offensive category, the man who was supposed to be the cornerstone of the enterprise. To do so would be a crime against sport. Is that an overstatement? I do not think so. Think of the fans. Think of the soul of the operation. It should have a soul, should it not?
There is only one scenario whereby Nash-to-Detroit would be acceptable, and that is if the Wings give up GM Ken Holland, coach Mike Babcock and a goaltender (preferably, Jimmy Howard). Absent such a weighty return, the Jackets are no closer to beating the Wings for another generation. Is that not the point, to beat them?
“Yes, we want to make our team better — always — but never with a player unless we are on the ‘A’ list.” I believe, and I think our fans would echo this, it is a privilege to play in Ottawa.
“You want more money? A bigger car or house? Lots of other teams will spend like idiots. We are a true TEAM with REAL special and smart fans. I don’t care who you are, you have to WANT to play in Ottawa. That’s what defines us.”
-Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, but not mentioning the name of Rick Nash. More from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.
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.
more on the Blue Jackets…
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
All eyes across the NHL are fixed on the Blue Jackets, who are actively shopping captain Rick Nash in hopes of making the biggest trade in the brief history of the organization. And, oh yeah, there’s a draft going on tomorrow.
The Blue Jackets have shown much patience in making a Nash trade, turning down offers that weren’t to their liking at the NHL trade deadline in February. GM Scott Howson continues to insist that he’ll wait as long as it takes to get the right return for Nash, even if it means going beyond the start of free agency on July 1, and even if it means Nash remains a Blue Jacket heading into next season.
Can you say elephant gestation?
Howson and Nash’s agent, Joe Resnick, are going to meet this afternoon in Pittsburgh, site of the 2012 NHL Draft. The message from Resnick will be loud and clear: “Trade him!” The message coming back from Howson will be just as succinct: “Not until the deal is right.”
Even if the Blue Jackets agree to a trade with a club on Nash’s preferred list, they have to seek approval ffor the trade rom Nash and Resnick. As of noon on Thursday, that has not happened.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators have apparently made a strong pitch for Rick Nash.
Multiple solid sources have confirmed rumblings of Ottawa’s interest, saying GM Bryan Murray has indeed talked with the Columbus Blue Jackets about acquiring the two-time 40-goal scorer.
One insider went a step further by telling Sun Media the players the Senators proposed to send back in the deal for the left winger, a scenario confirmed by another source.
For the just-turned 28-year-old Nash, it appears the Senators are prepared to trade 2011 first-round pick Mika Zibanejad, winger Nick Foligno and goalie Ben Bishop.
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
By all appearances, the Jackets are standing pat. They are comfortable and confident that President Mike Priest, Howson, senior adviser Craig Patrick and Tyler Wright, the rookie co-director of amateur scouting, will seize their draft opportunities, unearth a capable goaltender, extract a windfall in a Nash trade and “refresh” rather than rebuild the roster. Given their recent track record, the confidence is not justifiable.
(John) Davidson is not in the picture, which is to say that there is no fresh thinking in the front office — and a Nash trade is all but a fait accompli. The likeliest scenario is that a deal will be consummated on Thursday, on the eve of the draft, or on Friday night, before or after Bettman’s convocation address. The deal will be a blockbuster, inherently, and it will set the draft floor on its ear.
There is a lesser chance that a Nash trade will not happen until the free-agent market opens on July 1, but you probably will not have to hold your breath that long.
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
NHL sources have told The Dispatch that as many as seven teams have had “significant” trade conversations with Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson about Nash during the past 10 days and that a handful of other clubs — three or four, maybe more — have “kicked the tires” to see what a deal might cost them.
Most of the teams known to be expressing interest are the ones that expressed interest at the February trade deadline.
The New York Rangers, stocked with young, promising forwards, still appear to be the most likely fit for Nash, and their desire might have been heightened during the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Rangers’ 2.15 goals per game in the playoffs was the second-lowest figure of any club to advance past the first round.
Also known to have considerable interest are San Jose, Philadelphia, Toronto and Carolina, apparently a late entry, sources said.
The Blue Jackets have set their demands high — too high, some general managers have suggested — for Nash, the owner of almost every meaningful Blue Jackets record.
Rick Nash held a press conference this morning…
from the Columbus Dispatch,
Q: Why did you go to Scott Howson in January and ask him to trade you?
A: I was informed by management that there was a rebuild, a reshape, of the team, and I personally felt I could be a huge part of that, toward bringing assets in. I think that was in my view that was the best thing for the team, the organization, and personally for my career.
Q: Does this say, Rick, that you don’t believe in the direction the club has taken?
A: I think I answered that question when I signed my long-term deal. I believe in ownership, I believe in Scott Howson. I love being a Blue Jacket, love the city, love the fans – and that is something that will never change.
continued or watch the conference below…
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
The general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets refused to trade his franchise player for anything less than a massive return before Monday’s NHL trade deadline. Then Scott Howson held a news conference and declared that it was Rick Nash who had asked for a trade in the first place, that it wasn’t the team that had asked Nash to waive his no-trade clause.
“Hey, the price was high, and I don’t apologize for that,” Howson said. “It had to be high.”
Howson doesn’t have to apologize for telling the truth, either.
In a sad, twisted way, this might have been Howson’s finest hour. He has made so many mistakes as the Jackets’ GM since June 2007, it’s amazing that ownership let him handle this situation – even with the help of senior advisor Craig Patrick, a veteran NHL executive. But he isn’t compounding his mistakes this time, and he finally is standing up for a franchise that has become the laughingstock of the league.
Howson said Nash asked for a trade in mid- to late January. The request had to be hard to hear. Nash was their captain, the face of their franchise, an elite scorer. He always had said all the right things about loving Columbus and wanting to win with the Blue Jackets. And now he wanted out.
“It’s been a great time living in Columbus. I’m a Blue Jacket today and we’re going to do everything we can to move forward as a team. Like I said the other day, these fans deserve a winning team. They’re the ones that have been the most patient.”
-Rich Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets after today’s loss to the Penguins. Quote via Aaron Portzline tweets.
via Bob McKenzie tweets,
Rick Nash’s agent Joe Resnick has broken his silence on client’s trade situation. Told TSN the following:
“We’re hopeful a deal can get done prior to the trade deadline that is fair and equitable for the Blue Jackets…
“We’re hopeful a deal can get done prior to the trade deadline that is fair and equitable for the Blue Jackets…
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.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Sources familiar with the parameters of the discussions between Sather and Columbus counterpart Scott Howson have told The Post the Rangers have designated Ryan McDonagh, Michael Del Zotto, 2009 first-rounder Chris Kreider and 2011 first-rounder J.T. Miller as untouchables when the Blue Jackets requested their inclusion in the package for Nash, the 27-year-old power winger who is being dangled to deep-pocket contenders.
It is believed that Sather, who is not fazed by the ramifications of adding Nash’s contract that runs through 2017-18 at a cap hit of $7.8 million per year, is prepared to send Brandon Dubinsky, Christian Thomas, and perhaps 2010 first-rounder Dylan McIlrath plus a first round pick to Columbus in order to bring the 6-foot-4, 220-pound, nine-year veteran to Broadway.
Sather has been unwilling to include promising 20-year-old defenseman Tim Erixon — who could be a call-up for the playoffs — in the package going to the Blue Jackets, though Howson has expressed interest in the rookie North American pro.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
The San Jose Sharks are emerging as a strong contender for Rick Nash. Sources say Columbus initially targeted Logan Couture, but was quickly told that was a non-starter. But, make no mistake, San Jose will stay in the mix until Monday’s deadline.
Nash and Sharks veteran Joe Thornton are good friends and have shown an impressive chemistry when playing together internationally that isn’t being overlooked. The Sharks would prefer an off-season deal to avoid the in-season disruption, but San Jose is keen.
Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson won’t discuss specifics on any of the deals he’s working on, but tells TSN there has been a lot of creativity suggested with a variety of his players. You can’t blame Howson for working outside the short list Rick Nash provided at the beginning of this saga.
from Katie Strang of ESPN New York,
“He can skate, he’s big and he can score. Those are the toughest guys to play against, guys that can move and that are tough to knick off the puck,” Del Zotto. “He’s a pretty dynamic player.”
Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman played with Nash in Columbus for two seasons from 2009-11 and knows him better than most. He sees huge offensive potential for Nash and any team that may be able to land him at the deadline.
“He’s a skilled power forward; obviously, more toward the skilled side of it, but still, he’s a big body that comes with speed, and he finishes checks. He’s got a little bit of everything,” Stralman said.
The 25-year-old blue-liner, who likened Nash to Red Wings star forward Pavel Datsyuk, said he thinks Nash could break out offensively given an opportunity to play with a top team.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The Leafs showed during their western road trip last week that they are miles away from being a contender. Just about every part of their game has weaknesses and now it looks like they have to start all over again in trying to find a goaltender.
However, Burke also said in that e-mail message, “We are not looking for a goaltender at this point.” That could be because none are available at a decent price and Burke wisely thinks it’s better to wait until summer to plug this gaping chasm. Youngsters such as Jhonas Enroth or Anders Lindback plus any young goaltender who wasn’t included in a Nash trade might be available then.
The No. 1 issue with a young team is often confidence. The Leafs’ shoddy goaltending is doing nothing in this regard, which makes it a critical issue to address before next season.
In any event, the Leafs are at a point where trading for Nash doesn’t make much sense. They are still a team on the rise despite their troubles. But they are not one or two players away from winning the Stanley Cup.
more plus other NHL topics…
via Christopher Botta of Slap Shot,
...Rick Nash took center stage before the Columbus Blue Jackets played the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Nash was asked about the swirling trade rumors, the possibility of playing for the Rangers and whether the distractions have affected his game. Here is Nash’s briefing in its entirety:
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
If general manager Scott Howson and his top adviser, ex-Penguins GM Craig Patrick, play this correctly, they should be able to flip Nash for a No. 1 goalie (perhaps one in waiting) and two eager young NHLers, ideally a winger to play off Carter and a back liner to help steady a leaky defense.
The Bruins have a fit here with Tuukka Rask as the centerpiece. After Rask, they would have to give up, say, David Krejci or Milan Lucic. Lucic likely would be the Blue Jackets’ “ask,’’ in the hopes that he could ride-and-rip with Carter.
The defenseman would be someone such as Johnny Boychuk (just signed to a three-year extension) or Adam McQuaid, who entered the NHL as a Columbus draft pick (No. 55, 2005). All of this could change if the Blue Jackets instead asked for Rask and top defensive prospect Doug Hamilton. Possible from the Columbus end. Impossible for the Bruins to consider.
Vancouver could get the deal done around ex-BC goalie Cory Schneider, 2008 first-round pick (No. 10) Cody Hodgson, and young backliner Chris Tanev. Alex Edler would be too much, Keith Ballard too little.
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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
If Rick Nash had been an unrestricted free agent last summer, would anyone have thought it a great idea for the Rangers to sign the power winger to a seven-year, $54.6 million contract carrying a cap hit of $7.8 million per?
Would general manager Glen Sather have really gone all in on Nash, making him not only the highest-paid player on the team, but the fifth-highest paid player (per cap hit) in the NHL while committing to him through 2017-18?
And if the answer to that question is even “not likely,” let alone, “probably not,” much less, “are you nuts?” even while acknowledging free agents get premium prices because teams don’t have to relinquish valuable assets in order to add them, then why would Sather make that commitment now when the cost will include prime beef?
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
If I had to wager, I’d say the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings are the most likely new homes for Rick Nash if there’s a pre-deadline deal.
But there’s certainly an Original Six team that would like Nash’s services if this were June and not February—the Detroit Red Wings.
I also believe Nash would love to play for the Wings, but the odds of him landing in Hockeytown before Feb. 27 are not great whatsoever.
• Nash’s $7.8-million-cap hit is too large for Detroit to absorb now unless they give up roster players that they don’t want to get rid of.
• The optics of the Blue Jackets moving Nash to the hated Red Wings are brutal for fans in Columbus. At the very least, they would make the divisional rivals pay more than most other teams in the mix, not wanting to have Nash parade around in the Central for the next six years.
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Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN discuss the Rick Nash trade talk among other NHL topics.
LeBrun: The Rangers, Kings and Philadelphia Flyers would make sense to me, although the math would be really tight in New York given the money already tied up in Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik and Henrik Lundqvist. But no doubt Nash represents just what the Blueshirts need. And there are always ways to get creative cap-wise. The Rangers have some young pieces (led by Chris Kreider) that might entice the Jackets. Howson, after all, took in the Rangers-Flyers game over the weekend.
Which brings me to the Flyers, whom I believe also have interest in Nash and certainly have the young pieces to get involved (Braydon Schenn, James Van Riemsdyk or Sean Couturier, etc). Can you imagine Rick Nash on a line with Claude Giroux?
The Kings are a good fit as well, led by young netminder Jonathan Bernier as the carrot for Columbus. The Kings have other young assets such as forward Andrei Loktionov or defenseman Slava Voynov, or even blueliner Jack Johnson. As you mentioned, given L.A.’s craving for an upgrade at the wing position, it wouldn’t be out of the question that they at least explore this.
Another team that could be in the mix is Vancouver. The Canucks do indeed like Nash, and the Blue Jackets would certainly have eyes on young netminder Corey Schneider in any potential deal with Vancouver.
added 12:17pm, from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
“The last couple of weeks there have been so many rumors,” Nash said, “and when a team loses, more rumors keep on surfacing. That’s it seems to be right now, is just rumors.
“I’m a Blue Jacket right now. I’ve played my whole career here and it’s a special place to me. So as of right now I’m a Blue Jacket.”
from Jonathan Willis of The Cult Of Hockey,
It was only this evening that the most connected man in hockey, TSN’s Bob McKenzie said on national television that “Rick Nash, to our knowledge, is not available.” It struck me as a sane comment in what is generally an insane time.
So I’m very surprised to write that things appear to have changed.
Renaud Lavoie, a hockey reporter with RDS, tweeted the following tonight:
2 NHL sources told me that #bluejackets Rick Nash is on the market. Nash have a no-movement clause and will controle his destiny.
RDS doesn’t have quite the same reputation for accuracy as its sister channel, TSN, but Renaud Lavoie is a veteran reporter and a solid source. Additionally, in his French-language original article, Lavoie states that his original source for the story was a National Hockey League general manager….
The New York Daily News reports this evening that the Rangers and Blue Jackets have had personnel at each others games over the past month, including Columbus general manager Scott Howson, who attended the Rangers/Flyers match on Saturday night. They also spoke to Nash’s agent, Joe Resnick, who declined to comment on the rumour.
from John Shannon of Sportsnet,
Sportsnet has been running the HOCKEY CENTRAL Trade Tracker for a few weeks now in anticipation of the Feb. 27 deadline. It comes as no surprise that some of the players discussed will not be moved. And I think we’ve been pretty honest in saying that. But one player who just might be in the mix is Columbus Blue Jackets winger Rick Nash, who continually plays down the fact he will never ask for a trade.
I have received a couple of calls from friends of Nash, who claim that Rick is very unhappy with the way the franchise is going and realizes it will take five more years to rebuild, again. Nash is now telling people close to him that he would entertain being moved, but still will not be the one who asks for a trade.
Always one who didn’t aspire to play in a big market with big pressure, it appears Nash now realizes that he might have to step into the spotlight in order to win. It is a very tough situation for a very classy player.
Monday afternoon, Scott Howson was kind enough to reply to my inquiry with the following: “John, I am not commenting on any rumours between now and deadline.”
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After having watched him play another uninspired game for the Columbus Blue Jackets, I can’t help but think that a trade would be beneficial for both player and club. Let’s face it. The ship has sailed on Columbus. Their season is already over. With just under 20 games played, they are on pace for less than 15 wins for the season.
-Mike Milbury on Rich Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets. More from Milbury on this topic at CBC.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Although the Columbus Blue Jackets continue to work the phones looking for a netminder, one name that is not involved in their talks is that of captain Rick Nash.
“Not once have I ever brought up his name,” Jackets GM Scott Howson told ESPN.com Thursday.
Sure, other teams have obviously inquired about Nash, but Howson has quickly closed that down.
For his part, Nash hasn’t asked to get out, either.
“Rick has never asked for a trade, contrary to what has been reported,” his agent Joe Resnick told ESPN.com on Thursday. “Rick is focused on trying to turn things around in Columbus and help the team get some wins.”
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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
He is the face of a struggling franchise that has become the butt of several poor-taste yet arguably just jokes. He is the captain and the guy that is in the second of an eight-year contract that pays him $62.4 million. He is the leader of a franchise that has never won a playoff game and has gone 3-13-1 to start the season.
“When you win, everyone looks at leadership and thinks they have great leadership,” Nash said. “When you lose, leadership always gets questioned. I understand that’s what comes along with being a captain. This is definitely the toughest times I’ve faced being a captain.”
What’s making this season so much more frustrating for Nash is he hasn’t been part of the solution. He has just four goals, 12 points and a paltry minus-12 rating, which ties him for 693rd place in the NHL this season. Only Eric Staal’s minus-17 is worse.
“The weight of the world is on his shoulders,” Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said. “Particularly with the moves we made this summer it looked like we were adding some experienced players to help move it along, and now it hasn’t happened yet. He’s struggled with that.”
Each week, the NHL on TSN panel voices its opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.
Question No. 2: Should Rick Nash request a trade out of Columbus both for his own sake and for the sake of the team?
(Aaron) Ward: Yes with an asterisk. Go through the season, endure it, take your time, make it look as if you’re processing it evaluating through the summer seeing where Columbus is going and what acquisitions they’ve made and then make that change. For the good of yourself and your team, Columbus should get a windfall of players and something back worthwhile and for him and the team they both need a fresh start.
(Marc) Crawford: No, I think Rick Nash is one of the top three or four power forwards in the game. If he played like he did in the Olympics, that would be what the Columbus Blue Jackets need. If they get that Rick Nash, why would they trade him? You look for those guys forever.
(Bob) McKenzie: A qualified yes. If the ownership in Columbus decides to clean house and get rid of general manager Scott Howson, they’ll be embarking on another direction. I don’t know if I were Rick Nash, I’d want to stick around for another direction because they’ll have their three year plan of how they want to do things. If they keep the general manager and Nash is part and parcel to that, I’d say stay and tough it out as best you can. If they go in a different direction, I’d say he should as well.
read on for questions 1 and 3- 1 being should the NHL talk to the victim before a suspension and 3 is should the NHL outlaw the zone defense we saw tonight in the Tampa/Philly game…