On Monday afternoon, Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson called Rick Nash and told him he wouldn't be dealt before the NHL Trade Deadline passed. That he made an honest effort to move Nash and get the proper return for the star winger.
But the honesty wouldn't end there — no sir, it would not.
Howson also informed Nash that he would be revealing publicly for the first time that it was Nash, rather than team management, that sought a trade. That the Jackets' team captain requested a trade in "mid- or late January," and set the wheels in motion for his departure.
"It's the right thing to do. It's the truthful thing to do," said Howson of the revelation.
It was also the deliciously spiteful thing to do.
"With respect to Rick Nash, he approached us and asked us to consider trading him. We agreed to accommodate his request as long as we could get a deal that would provide us with cornerstone pieces to help us to compete for a Stanley Cup championship in the coming years. It did not happen by 3 o'clock today. This is too important to our franchise and our fans to do a deal that is not in our best interests."
Pretty crazy how things are turning out in Columbus right now.
No idea why I put Nashville in there. Can a mod change the thread title for me?
Edited by Doc Holliday, 27 February 2012 - 06:21 PM.