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.
In the Columbus Dispatch, Aaron Portzline speaks with some former players and current analysts about the kind of player that some team will get in Rick Nash.
Former Ranger Eddie Olcyzk says, “Teams should be licking their chops to get this guy in their lineup. He has a chance to be a top-three goal-scorer in the league. Somebody is going to hit a grand slam with this guy.”
Ray Ferraro, another former Ranger said of Nash, “This is a guy who dominated games, who put on a show. And I think he’s settled into a comfort zone, now that he knows that still wasn’t good enough to win.”
In terms of tiers, former Islanders captain Michael Peca said that Nash was in a tier just below players like Claude Giroux and Corey Perry.