In the Columbus Dispatch, Rob Oller writes that if the Blue Jackets can’t get what they feel is a good return for Rick Nash, they should keep him.
Oller writes, “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.”
Columbus GM Scott Howson will reportedly wait to trade Nash until he can “hit a home run.”
At the trade deadline, Howson said that Nash asked to be moved but he would only be traded if Columbus could get a “cornerstone” player in return.
On why he wanted to leave, Nash said that he thought he could get a nice return to help advance Columbus through their rebuild.