In the Columbus Dispatch, Aaron Portzline writes that many people are starting to think of Rick Nash as good but not a great player based on how his statistics have lined up over the past couple of seasons.
Portzline notes that Nash is one of four players, along with Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Jarome Iginla to score 30 goals a season in each of the last five seasons.
He adds, “But the sense among NHL executives is that Nash will return to his dominating ways when he gets traded, that the weight of the franchise had taken a toll on him.”
Adam Rotter:I always remember Nash as a force in 2010 Olympics for Team Canada and I think that is the player Nash will be when he is traded. He will be sent a team where he won’t be the only big player and will only need to be part of the team and not the entire team. If you acquire Nash you are getting an elite goal scorer, but is it worth the cost in terms of assets and salary cap space he would take up?