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.