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#2256448 Rick Nash "available for the right team/price"

Posted by Jedi on 14 February 2012 - 10:47 AM

Got to think Columbus could command a high price for him...


The 2012 NHL trade deadline just got a whole lot more interesting.

Last night, RDS (TSN's French language sister station) reporter Renaud Lavoie reported that Columbus Blue Jacket franchise player Rick Nash "is on the market."

This morning, Columbus Dispatch reporter Aaron Portzline wrote on his blog that "for the first time, (the Blue Jackets) are willing to listen to offers for captain Rick Nash."

While it's easy, and sometime necessary, to get hung on precise terminology on a story like this one -- the differences between "on the market" as opposed to "listening to offers" as opposed to "being shopped" -- here's the bottom line:

Last week, in no uncertain terms, NHL teams were told Nash was not available and this week, he is. For the right team, anyway.

Less than two weeks to the NHL trade deadline, that is nothing less than a seismic shift.

That doesn't mean he'll necessarily be traded by the deadline but it does mean there has been a significant change in his status from last week to this week.

And while sources have confirmed to TSN what Lavoie and Portzline respectively reported in the last 12 hours, the real story is this:

None of this would or could be happening if Rick Nash didn't want it to happen.

As one source asked rhetorically, "How does a player with a No Movement Clause end up in trade talk?"

Easy answer to that one: because he's permitted it.

Understand this, with a player of Nash's stature -- a first overall draft pick, the face and identity of the Blue Jackets' franchise, a world-class talent and Canadian Olympian with an outstanding international hockey resume -- there is no chance that Columbus general manager Scott Howson would get involved in any trade talk for Nash without the player's blessing.

He couldn't. It would be worse than bad form.

For any GM to even entertain offers on a star player with a no-move clause without that player's tacit approval is a cardinal sin. There are few secrets in this game and if a GM "shopped" or "listened" to offers on a NMC star it's only a matter of time until the word filters back to the player and that would represent a huge violation of trust between the player and the organization.

So for Howson to have discussions with any team, and for other NHL teams to know the Jackets are to some degree open for business on Nash, one must conclude that Nash is fully on board with whatever it is that is happening right now.

That doesn't necessarily means he's asked for a trade or that he's unequivocally stated he wants to escape from the chronic losing in Columbus. But he's said something and whether he initiated it -- which is the usual protocol in these instances -- or the Blue Jackets broached the subject with him and he merely responded to them, the inescapable conclusion is Howson's actions thus far have the Rick Nash seal of approval.

This story wouldn't have gotten to the public domain if that weren't true.

These things are always dicey. No franchise player wants to be perceived as wanting to jump ship. Just because the Blue Jackets are listening to offers doesn't mean a deal gets done and Nash may have to remain in Columbus.

And this story leaking out as it has further complicates things for Nash and the Blue Jackets.

One would imagine that Nash has an extremely limited list of destinations he would deem suitable. Standard protocol in this situation would be for the player to give the GM the greenlight to deal only with a select few clubs. But with the news breaking that Nash may be available for trade, Howson's phone will light up like a Christmas tree. About half the teams in the league would have interest in trying to secure this player, but there are probably only a handful, or less, that interest Nash.

Make no mistake, though, by virtue of his NMC, Nash is totally driving the bus on this. He effectively can dictate how many teams are legitimately in the hunt for his services and ultimately which one is his final destination. Or, at any time he sees fit, he can end the process if he's uncomfortable with it in any regard.

Ultimately, it's in his hands and his hands alone.

#2254596 Scott Gomez has scored a goal

Posted by Jedi on 10 February 2012 - 10:16 AM

He's now a lock for the Masterton Trophy.

#2254212 Operation Dumbo Drop.

Posted by Jedi on 09 February 2012 - 11:21 AM

FYI, Looks like there's an email/txt list you can join that will update with info.


#2248106 SI: Sidney Crosby to visit spine specialist in Calif.

Posted by Jedi on 22 January 2012 - 11:40 AM

Look at this as good news. We'll finally discover if he has one or not!

:lol: Well played.

I'll agree with previous statements. Can't stand the guy, but his return would be good for the sport. Plus, I never want to see a player have to end his career due to injury.

#2241178 1/3 GDT : Red Wings 5 at Stars 4

Posted by Jedi on 03 January 2012 - 08:40 PM

Dear NBC Sports,

Please stop using the "over the net" camera. We hate it. No one knows why you use it, because you lose track of the puck more often than you have it in frame. It's annoying.


Every Hockey Fan Ever

#2236824 12/17 GDT : Kings 2 at Red Wings 8

Posted by Jedi on 17 December 2011 - 07:44 PM

Can't complain when we finish a period up 4-1.

We're on pace to win 12-3 tonight!

#2236556 Cam Ward save of the year

Posted by Jedi on 16 December 2011 - 04:25 PM

Ballard probably held on to the puck a bit too long. Had he unloaded that as a one-timer, it'd almost certainly be in the net.

Not taking anything away from Ward though. That was one hell of a save!

#2235048 Loyalty Question

Posted by Jedi on 12 December 2011 - 01:35 PM

Totally a personal choice.

I have several other teams that I'll follow (most of the O6 teams), but I personally wouldn't buy any of their merch.

As long as you don't buy a Crosby jersey, there's no wrong answer to your question. :lol:

#2233313 Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Posted by Jedi on 06 December 2011 - 06:31 PM

AT LAST. After about a week and a half, I FINALLY get to play again. My fiance and the baby are over at her mom's house, so I've got an empty house for the evening, and no responsibilities.

Wait, what am I doing? Why am I on LGW instead of playing?

#2233213 Realignment decided - 4 Conferences

Posted by Jedi on 06 December 2011 - 11:23 AM

In case anyone wanted to see how the new conferences are aligned in terms of geography...

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#2228373 Philadelphia Flyers Unveil Winter-Classic Jersey

Posted by Jedi on 21 November 2011 - 01:39 PM

I would find it really difficult to make a Winter Classic jersey for a team that never really changed theirs throughout history.

Exactly. Philly's jerseys have had very little change over the years, so finding a different look in the past is going to be hard to do. I'm at least glad that the rumors that it was going to be based off the old Philadelphia Quakers turned out to be incorrect...

I'm telling you though, the NHL needs to let them wear Cooperalls one last time...
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#2222660 A new Wings fan has arrived! First round pick, 2030?

Posted by Jedi on 04 November 2011 - 08:00 AM

Typing this from the hospital! Our baby will be born in about an hour or so!!

#2212870 Tell the Illitch Family to Drop "Presented by Amway"

Posted by Jedi on 07 October 2011 - 10:31 AM

They signed a 3 year contract. I'm sure they don't want to lose the revenue from the deal, as well as having to pay legal fees against the inevitable breach of contract lawsuit that would arise from Amway.

I don't like the sponsorship any more than anyone else, but unfortunately this is a done deal.

#2211563 10/1 Wings/Leafs best Goal

Posted by Jedi on 02 October 2011 - 12:56 PM

Discussions of the individual goals from the game can be discussed in the corresponding game's GDT.

#2209783 Todd Bertuzzi's Shootout Goal

Posted by Jedi on 26 September 2011 - 12:07 PM

The Todd has a pretty impressive bag of tricks when it comes to shootouts. Nice goal, there.

so yesterday i posted the replay on my FB....and this is what i got from a stupid preds fan..

Todd Bertuzi is old and should probably be suspended for life or maybe even be in jail for what he did to Steve Moore. That's all.

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