In the Edmonton Journal, former Columbus GM Scott Howson spoke with Jim Matheson about how he traded Rick Nash to the Rangers over the summer.
In general, Howson said that dealing Nash was “very difficult” and that Nash and his representatives were committed to keeping the list of possible destinations small.
Howson says that he would call up Glen Sather with a request and Sather would say “no.”
He wanted players like Michael Del Zotto and Derek Stepan but “settled” for Tim Erixon, Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov.
Howson also admitted that the team trading the star player never wins in this kind of trade and how in a perfect world, the compensation he would have liked for Nash would have been Ryan Callahan and Marc Staal.
Matheson notes that Glen Sather is the master of trading star players as he traded away Mark Messier, Paul Coffey and Wayne Gretzky while GM in Edmonton.
He says that Sather has always maintained that the return on star players is never as high as fans think it should be and that , “it’s the best you can do at the time.”