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by George Malik on 07/18/12 at 12:14 AM ET
Via RedWingsFeed, I believe this counts as a mid-July blockbuster:
According to MLive’s Ansar Khan, the Red Wings did their very best to attempt to acquire: the superstar forward, but the Columbus Blue Jackets simply wouldn’t do business with their self-proclaimed arch-rival:
The Red Wings made “a hell of an offer’’ to Columbus for Nash, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. But the offer generated no conversation. No counteroffer, no back and forth negotiation, nothing.
It is clear Columbus has no intention of trading the face of its franchise to the team it considers to be its top rival, a Detroit club that has dominated the Blue Jackets since they entered the NHL in 2000-01. The last thing Columbus general manager Scott Howson wants to see is Nash being paired with Pavel Datsyuk and his Blue Jackets having to deal with that scenario six times a season.
Khan attempts to offer an educated guess as to what the Wings may have dangled in front of Columbus given Scott Howson’s desire for NHL-ready forwards…
[Johan] Franzen has been wildly inconsistent since the midway point of the 2010-11 season. He has a tendency to score goals in bunches and then experience long droughts. But, he has averaged nearly 30 goals the past four seasons (excluding 2009-10, when a knee injury limited him to 27 games) and has a modest salary-cap hit of $3.95 million, though he does have eight years and $27.75 million remaining on the deal.
As for [Valtteri] Filppula, the Red Wings view the highly skilled winger/center as a key part of their future and would like to lock him up to a long-term contract before he becomes eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer. If Detroit were to offer Filppula in a trade, his value would be limited, unless that team can sign him to a long-term deal. Otherwise, he’d just be a one-year rental.
Again, it’s unclear what Red Wings put on the table for Nash, but if it truly was “a hell of an offer’’ it wasn’t a pair of third-line forwards, a couple of minor leaguers and a mid-round draft pick.
Khan won’t totally rule out the Wings and Columbus revisiting a Nash-to-Detroit scenario later this summer, given Scott Howson’s difficulties in attempting to deal his superstar forward with a more affordable (in terms of compensation and salary) Bobby Ryan on the market, but it’s highly doubtful that the Blue Jackets would ever move a star player to Detroit, and as we all know, this team needs to add a defenseman, even if he’s a band-aid one, and a goal-scorer, not subtract, so I don’t anticipate the Wings making any trades at all until the regular season is underway.
Update: The Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness confirms:
A source with knowledge of the situation said Detroit made “a hell of an offer” to the Blue Jackets for Nash. However, the offer generated zero conversation.
It’s not known what the Wings offered, but reports have said that Columbus general manager Scott Howson is looking for two proven NHL forwards in return.
That’s a pretty steep asking price for any team, including the Wings, who would more than likely have to part with proven talent like Johan Franzen or Valtteri Filppula and perhaps even throw in an up-and-coming star like Darren Helm or Gustav Nyquist.
Howson is willing to holdout until he gets what he’s looking for in return.
It seems unlikely that Howson would want to deal Nash, who will make $7.8 million in each of the next six seasons, to a Central Division rival like Detroit and be stuck seeing the face of the Blue Jackets’ franchise so often during the regular season.
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