Blue Jackets reportedly put Rick Nash on the trade market

Feb. 14th 6:30 PM:

4:45 PM:

  • Helene Elliott via twitter: A Kings source says there is no truth to the recent rumor that Nash is going to the Kings. (Rumored deal was Nash to Kings for Bernier, Penner, Hunter and a pick)
  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson was given a list of teams that Rick Nash would waive his no movement clause for. Believed to be a short list.
  • @b1rky via twitter: Pierre LeBrun said on TSN1050 that the Canucks and Kings have both talked to the Blue Jackets.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers have had preliminary discussions with the Blue Jackets about Nash. The asking price is in excess of a speculated package including Bandon Dubinsky, Chris Kreider and a 1st round pick. GM Scott Howson scouted the Rangers-Flyers game on Saturday.
  • Katie Strang via ESPN: Strang also notes a package could include Dubinsky, Kreider and a 1st, if not more. The Rangers also have Tim Erixon, J.T. Miller, Christian Thomas and Dylan McIlrath.

12:45 PM:

  • Shawn Mitchell via twitter: Rick Nash: “I’ve played my whole career here so it’s a special place to me. As of right now I’m a Blue Jacket.”
  • Dennis Bernstein via twitter: “History shows when dealing a star, team rarely gets equal value. Smart team empties vault for Rick Nash.”
  • Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: 2 GMs inquired about Nash on Friday and were given a firm ‘No.’ Something changed quickly. This doesn’t mean Scott Howson will trade Nash at by the deadline, but he’ll definitely be listening to offers. LeBrun think Nash’s camp may have went to Howson and said he’d be open to moving. Burnside notes that the Kings, Rangers and Maple Leafs would be interested. The Blue Jackets may want a 1st round pick, a couple NHL ready prospects, maybe a young roster player. Howson will ask the moon. LeBrun notes the Kings, Rangers and Flyers would make sense. The Rangers have a nice piece in Chris Kreider. The Flyers have the Brayden Schenn, James van Riemsdyk or Sean Couturier.  The Kings have Jonathan Bernier, forward Andrei Loktionov or Dmen Slava Voynov and Jack Johnson. The Canucks could be in the mix with Cory Schneider. Possibly the Sharks could be interested.  The Leafs would for sure would be calling. One team executive said this morning, “My sense is that this will still wait until the summer, but it’s not totally impossible to get it done before the deadline.”
  • Bob McKenzie of TSN: McKenzie writes, “Last week, in no uncertain terms, NHL teams were told Nash was not available and this week, he is. For the right team, anyway.” This doesn’t mean he’ll be traded. None of this trade talk would be going on without having Nash’s consent. Nash likely has a limited number of teams he’d consider moving to. Half the league would likely be interested in him, but maybe only a handful of teams that would interest him. Nash is in control with his no-movement clause.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Blue Jackets would insist on young roster players in any Nash deal. The location would be determined by Nash.
  • Larry Brooks via twitter: For the Rangers to acquire Nash, it’s unknown if he’d waive his no-movement clause to go to New York.
  • Steve Simmons via twitter: Simmons wonders why Blue Jackets would let the likely to be fired GM Scott Howson trade their best asset.

10:20 AM:

  • Joe Yerdon via twitter: Columbus holds all the cards on a Rick Nash deal. It’s up to GM Scott Howson to “hit it out of the park” if he trades him.
  • Dan Rosen via twitter: Rosen can’t believe a Nash deal will happen. The team needs changes but not Nash. Not good for Blue Jackets fans if he’s traded.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: 3 goalies the Blue Jackets to target in a Nash deal are: Cory Schneider, Jonathan Bernier and Tuukka Rask. Dupont thinks it would be fun for Nash to be with the Rangers or Maple Leafs, but they don’t really have the goalie piece for Columbus. Maybe a 3 team deal.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: Dupont can see a Blue Jackets-Flyers-Maple Leafs deal. The Leafs get Nash. The Blue Jackets get Sergei Bobrovsky. The Blue Jackets and Flyers share some Leafs players.

Feb. 13th 10:24 PM:

  • Renaud Lavoie via twitter: 2 NHL sources told Lavoie that Blue Jackets winger Rick Nash is on the trade market. Nash has a no-movement clause.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson through a spokesman declines to comment on the report that Rick Nash is on the trade block.

Nash has a salary cap hit of $7.8 million 2017-18. His yearly salary is $7.5 million this year, $7.6 million in 2012-13, $7.8 million in 2013-14, $7.9 million in 2014-15, $7.9 million in 2015-16, $8 million in 2016-17, and $8.2 million in 2017-18.


  1. Dom

    02/14/2012 at 12:37 am

    Why would the Bruins trade their goalie of the future (Rask) and a top quality player like either Lucic or Krejci for a 60 point Nash ?

  2. Bisson1

    02/14/2012 at 1:07 am

    Kevin Paul Dupoint is an fool, don’t listen to his opinion on any potential trade. Lucic and Rask? That’s a joke. Statistically speaking Lucic and Nash will be pretty similar players, if not equal. To throw in a Rask, is pretty funny. Not to mention Nash is way overpaid.

  3. AJ

    02/14/2012 at 7:51 am

    I’ve been thinking about a deal, that might convince Nash to stay and probably even save Howson his job.

    Now this is not a rumor, I made up this deal, purely theoretical, but I’m curious about your opinion:

    L.A. trades Jack Johnson, Jonathan Bernier and Dustin Penner to the Jackets for Jeff Carter, Fedor Tyutin, Curtis Sanford and a ’12 2nd rounder (probably 31st, so almost a 1st).

    L.A. upgrades its forward corpse, while there’s instant chemistry between Richards and Carter. They also don’t suffer a blow on the D, Tyutin is a capable D-man still in his 20s and for those few games he’d have to play, Sanford will be a reliable backup. They also get the 31st pick to balance it out.

    Columbus gets a young (franchise) D-man, a franchise goalie and a lazy m.f.cker, who could be dumped at the end of the year, or be re-signed for cheaper, based on his performance. They’ll also be able to keep Nash and opt for Grigorenko in the draft (instead of Yakupov) to center Nash in the future. The kid is big, great passer, can score goals and is the most complete (two way) forward in the draft. It also might create an atmosphere to tempt FAs in the summer, especially with the ’13 ASG looming next year.

    I guess it’s a win-win, but let me know what you think.

  4. Kevin

    02/14/2012 at 8:37 am

    Wow, this is huge. Teams will be jumping all over Nash. People have to remember that hes not doing so well on a shitty Blue Jackets team, just imagine how well he will play on a stanley cup contender.

  5. madara

    02/14/2012 at 8:56 am

    Someone please call Stan Bowman.

  6. Wunschkind89

    02/14/2012 at 10:35 am

    The team needs changes but not Nash. Not good for Blue Jackets fans if he’s traded.

    The Blue Jackets have fans now?

    Dupont can see a Blue Jackets-Flyers-Maple Leafs deal.

    This is the first semi-intelligent comment I’ve ever seen this guy make, and it actually could work.

    To Columbus: PHI Bobrovski, PHI 1st-round pick, TOR 1st-round pick, TOR Nazem Kadri (or some prospect)
    To Philadelphia: TOR Luke Schenn
    To Toronto: CBJ Rick Nash

    Make sense? Might have to add/sutract a little here and there.

  7. hotwings

    02/14/2012 at 10:59 am

    the circus continues in columbus… on the one hand, they might get someone to overpay for nash… but on the other hand, even if you overpay a bit for nash, does it really help columbus? with the return, it doesnt make them a playoff team… they have so many holes, and this surely cant be the starting point to fix them..

    why not just try to get rid of the excess (umberger, huselius, pahlsson, prospal, vermette) and rebuild a little more conservatively? honestly, this howson seems in over his head,,,

    although nash would look good on the leafs… i dunno how this guy is gonna perform come playoff time… is he gritty enough? perhaps its the best potential deal out there for the leafs though… i wouldnt mind parting with schenn and something else for him…

  8. JoonasJ

    02/14/2012 at 11:14 am

    With BJ’s ability to crapshoot at the draft all those picks dont make a whole lot of sense. Maybe if it’s a top 4 but those 1st picks are most likely in the top 25-30 that BJ’s are going to get for Nash considering he would go probably to a contending team. And remember that Nash indeed has a NMC so he decides where he goes if he goes. I think he had a list of 6teams. Try to max out in that position, pheew.

  9. AJ

    02/14/2012 at 12:18 pm

    Nash has a full NMC at the moment. It means, he’ll choose where to go. In this case, I doubt, that he would choose TOR, much rather the Rangers or the Bruins.

    @Wunsch: in principle, you might wanna add something mid-tier “from TOR to PHI” in the deal and it could work. But again the NMC.

  10. AJ

    02/14/2012 at 12:22 pm

    Indeed, while the coaching and management has been mostly awful in Columbus, the worst part was the scouting, player development & drafting all along.
    I’d start a rebuild with cleaning the house first.

  11. Buddy Elf

    02/14/2012 at 1:21 pm

    You can cross the San Jose Sharks off the list as well. Our GM is too in love with cheap garbage players to go after Nash.

  12. Brarbarian

    02/14/2012 at 1:27 pm

    If the Leafs get Rick Nash then the Raptors HAVE to get Steve Nash. I’d get both jerseys!

    There’s only one GM that could pull off a 2 League trade… Burkie!!

    You don’t have to say it… dumb comment!!!

  13. D

    02/14/2012 at 7:06 pm

    @Wunschkind89, i cant see the flyers parting with bobrovsky and a 1st to end up with luke schenn, but i like the idea of that trade, seems to make sense

  14. Wunschkind89

    02/14/2012 at 8:19 pm


    Yeah that’s where I thought it seemed a little lacking. The idea has a great framework though. Maybe Columbus sends a B prospect back to Philly..

    Regarding Columbus being such a shitty drafting team, it should be considered that the onus should drop onto their scouting department, or lack thereof. The GM sucks too, but besides Nash, who else have they drafted of that caliber? This has been a bottom-feeding team for I can’t remember, and only one truly great prospect emerges? Yeesh.

  15. Jeff

    02/14/2012 at 10:12 pm

    Hotwings made the most important point in all of these threads.

    “Howson is in over his head”.

    Good Luck CBJ fans. If it weren’t for Montreal, CBJ would be the biggest circus in town.

  16. Jeff

    02/14/2012 at 10:16 pm


    You are right about a fire sale of all their role players. Of course, Howson instead gives someone like Prospal and extension.

    Comedy hour in CBJ.

    Can’t believe it took Nash this long to beg out of CBJ.

  17. DG

    02/15/2012 at 12:45 am

    Nash to VAN for Schneider, Raymond, Ballard and a 1st Rounder.

  18. Big A

    02/15/2012 at 6:49 am

    Lol @ wunschkind89 (sorry if the name is misspelled, on my phone) Philly moving a first round pick and a strong backup goalie for a 6th defenseman.. I think Philly would more ask for Cody Franson over Luke Schenn. Prob ask for a goalie in return as well since Philly does not have any NHL ready prospects in net.

  19. Wunschkind89

    02/15/2012 at 10:53 am

    Calling Schenn a 6th defenseman is like calling Van Riemsdyk a top 6 forward. You just don’t do it.

    Fact: Schenn is 23, locked-up, is a top 3-4 defenseman now (he ain’t top 2) and is only going to get better.

    Fact: Bobrovski is 24 and already has a solid year in his career (2.59 GAA, .915 SA% in 59-games last season). He too still is before prime years, and is loaded with potential, which is what Columbus is wanting.

    The rate at which people underrate players is excruciating.

  20. Jeff

    02/15/2012 at 11:11 am

    Regarding the absurd notion that Schenn’s ceiling is a 6th D-Man:

    -Adam Foote was never a top 2 D-Man, yet everyone thought he was a stud.
    -Schenn went #5 overall for a reason.
    -Schenn was in the NHL as a 19 year old, for a reason.

    As a Leafs fan, i would not want him traded — period. Guys like him don’t come along often. He has a chance to be a top shutdown D-Man in the league for 10 years.

  21. big A

    02/15/2012 at 6:25 pm

    in philly you have Kimmo, Mez, Coburn and Carle… those would be the top 4 D in philly, Schenn would be 5th… if Pronger was still around (just saying) he Schenn would be a 6th D in philly… Kimmo and Mez are both All star level D, Coburn has a lot of talent and Carle has numbers very similar to ryan Suter… I think Carle actually leads all major categories minus takeaways. Schenn is very good and should get better but he has a problem with inconstancy, same reason I would not take Subban on my team. Bob is a good goalie, he has a lot skill and lots of room to improve, but adding the first round pick to the deal is pretty much overkill. Maybe you could get the panthers conditional pick philly got from them this year but a first round or even a 2nd round does not seem likely.