According to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area, the Blue Jackets and Sharks have not had talks about Rick Nash in “months.”
The Blue Jackets reportedly keep insisting that Logan Couture be part of the deal and the Sharks won’t move him.
6:34PM: James Murphy writes at ESPN.com that the Bruins are no longer in the running for Nash and that the players being asked for are a combination of David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton.
At MLive, Ansar Khan writes that the Red Wings approached the Blue Jackets about a trade for Rick Nash and made “a hell of an offer.”
Khan writes that it seems like Columbus has no interest in trading Nash to Detroit, saying “No counteroffer, no back and forth negotiation, nothing.”
He notes that the likely players involved were Johan Franzen and/or Valtteri Filppula and says “Again, it’s unclear what the 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.”
In the Columbus Dispatch, Aaron Portzline writes that Scott Howson has not come close to trading Rick Nash and there is a chance that Nash will still be part of the organization when training camp starts.
Portzline writes that Nash could hold out during training camp, a move that would cost him over $27,000 per day, and that he has sympathy from Keith Primeau who held out in Detroit in 1996.
Primeau said, “You think you’re going to play forever, and then you look back and it’s been 10 years. Your career is half over. Every year that goes by without the playoffs is another missed opportunity, and you get to a point in your career where you just can’t sign years off anymore.”
Portzline adds that a holdout during training camp would be a move to keep him healthy and not risk injury that could further delay a trade.
Reader Andrew C emailed me and said that he would include Derek Stepan or Michael Del Zotto in a deal for Rick Nash.
His reasoning was, “Too often we focus on what we are giving up, and not what we are receiving. No player in any proposed package from the Rangers is ever going to approach the skill level or stats of Nash. This is why you are forced to “over pay” in compensation of players to acquire an elite player in the prime of his career. These types of players are not always readily available.”
83% of readers voted and said that the Rangers should not pay the price that Scott Howson wants for Rick Nash.
At TSN, Scott Howson told Gino Reda that he is looking for NHL forwards “first and foremost” in a trade for Rick Nash.
On Nash, Howson told Reda, “I have a value that I’ve placed on Rick and that our whole organization has placed on Rick. He’s an elite player, he’s been a tremendous ambassador for our franchise and our city and we’re very comfortable with the value we’ve placed on him and until we get that value, we’re going to keep working away at it.”
Howson again repeated that there is no deadline for Nash to be dealt.
In the Columbus Dispatch, Aaron Portzline writes that the talk on Rick Nash has “slowed to a trickle” over the last few days and that there is no deal for the Columbus captain that seems close.
Columbus GM Scott Howson told Portzline, “there are no deadlines.”
At NHL.com, Dan Rosen looks at the teams on Rick Nash’s list of trade destinations, including the Rangers, Sharks, Red Wings, Bruins, Penguins and Flyers.
Rosen notes that for the Rangers, Nash would become the highest paid player and that they would likely want to include Brandon Dubinsky and his cap hit of $4.5 million.
In terms of the players the Rangers would likely include, Rosen thinks that the Blue Jackets would want a combination of Michael Del Zotto, Carl Hagelin, Tim Erixon, Christian Thomas and JT Miller.
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.
In the Columbus Dispatch, Aaron Portzline spoke with some former players and current analysts about the situation with Rick Nash.
On how Nash can be best utilized, Eddie Olczyk says that Nash needs to play with a center who can distribute the puck and an offensive defenseman who can move the puck up the ice. He notes that Nash shouldn’t touch the puck before getting into the offensive zone and right now, without enough talent in Columbus, teams just scheme against him to slow him down.
Ray Ferraro adds, “He needs the puck to be successful. He lugs it to the net. He drives the net with the puck, not so much without.”
Ferraro tells Portzline that Nash hasn’t developed his game enough playing in Columbus and that if he were to go play for John Tortorella or Mike Babcock they would get rid of his bad habits.
Adam Rotter: Glen Sather sees how Nash would fit in with the this team, and on Brad Richards’ left wing, and that is why he has continued his pursuit of him while Scott Howson asks for the moon. As a player, Nash seems to fit in perfectly as he brings size, scoring, upgrades the talent, and gives the Rangers a chance to match up with anyone in the East. Of course you don’t just get the player though, you get the cap hit and the players and assets that need to be replaced.