11:04AM: Aaron Portzline writes that Blue Jackets adviser Craig Patrick made it known that the Rangers were not the team that had the best offer for Nash at the trade deadline.
He writes that Patrick had the intention of moving Nash in the offseason and wanted the Rangers to “come strong or stay home”
Portzline also writes that the Rangers believed interest in Alex Radulov could just be gamesmanship to show Columbus that they have other options.
Hearing that CLB GM Scott Howson still asking for 4/5 major pieces in return for Rick Nash — who would still have to waive his NTC.
— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) June 16, 2012
At the trade deadline, Columbus reportedly wanted Brandon Dubinsky, Michael Del Zotto or Ryan McDonagh, Chris Kreider and a first round pick.
Columbus has thought that they could get a better deal for Nash during the offseason than trading him at the deadline.
The entire Rick Nash saga has been cataloged, HERE.