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What Happens If Columbus Keeps Nash?

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.


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bezukov's avatar

I can’t disagree with Oller more.  Nash was the captain of the team when it publicly quit on Ken Hitchcock.  Lack of leadership and chemistry has always plagued the Jackets.  I’m sure Nash would still give his all on the ice, he seems like a guy with good character, but I see more negatives than positives for him going forward with the CBJ.  His time on the Jackets has been a perennial failure, how can an even tenser situation make things better? 

Those factors, coupled with how Howson lied about Nash asking for a trade last season, just doesn’t seem like good mojo.  Nor do I see how stripping Nash of the captaincy and further embarrassing him is a good idea. The sooner Howson comes down on the price and lets Nash go, the better for everyone involved.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 07/09/12 at 02:55 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

Yeah, that’s almost exactly what I’ve been saying, it’s bad enough having a player who doesn’t want to be on your team, but having the Captain say he actively doesn’t want to be there is another matter. Add into that the stalemate that is Howson’s trade requests and ridiculous Nash’s contract, I can either see this lasting for many, many years, or conversely, Nash “pulling a Tim Thomas” and announcing his retirement, only to come back a year later for another team (is that even doable or would he owe the remainder of his contract to the team?).

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 07/09/12 at 04:10 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

(is that even doable or would he owe the remainder of his contract to the team?).

Posted by jimathor from Southampton, UK. on 07/09/12 at 02:10 PM ET

If the Radolov affair was any indication, I would say yes.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 07/09/12 at 04:17 PM ET


Oller also forget that CBJ just had to ship another star player out of town because he didnt like it there in Jeff Carter. No, this is a system wide problem thruoughout the whole organization.. not just player being disgruntled within the clubhouse.

Posted by Kale from Jackson MI on 07/10/12 at 11:32 AM ET

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