The big question that’s on everyone’s minds this season is whether or not the Columbus Blue Jackets will trade Rick Nash. I’ve already said, I doubt they trade him before or on the trade deadline.
Blue Jackets’ GM Scott Howson is asking for a lot in return from a few teams, especially teams that are doing well offensively, which would blow my mind if any of those teams blow up their team for Nash. Flyers and Rangers have been in discussion with the Blue Jackets.
Of the teams Howson as spoke to about Nash, I fully expect those teams GM’s to see how their team does down the stretch of the season and into the playoffs. Giving them a better understanding on where their team stands, and whether or not they need a player like Nash.
It’s no secret, Nash wants to be on a winning team, but of those winning teams on his list to be traded to, they seem to be doing fine without him, for now.
Rick Nash has six years remaining on his contract that carries an annual cap hit of $7.8 million.
The LA Kings already made a splash by trading Jack Johnson and a conditional first round pick in 2013 for Jeff Carter, and they may not be done. Personally, I think they are done.
Many reports are saying Jonathan Bernier and Dustin Brown may be on the trading block. Deep goaltending wins championships, don’t count on the Kings moving Bernier this season. As for Dustin Brown, there is NO reason the Kings need to trade their captain, especially after scoring 3 goals Saturday night.
Why rip the team’s captain away from them, when they are in playoff contention?
Other rumors that have been roaming around are the Toronto Maple Leafs may trade Clarke MacArthur and Luke Schenn. Too bad their not the only problems in Toronto.
The Leafs need a goaltender, and trading Luke Schenn, a young defensemen in the making would be a BIG mistake. Brian Burke, in my opinion, will go after a goaltender and possibly an offensive player. Andrei Kostitsyn, James Van Riemsdyk and Mason Raymond are rumored to be on the trading block.
Sticking with the Flyers and winger James Van Riemsdyk, the offense isn’t the problem in Philly. But trading a player like JVR could land the Flyers another defenseman, even though they picked up Nick Grossman and Pavel Kubina. But the bigger issue is the goaltending. Signing Ilya Bryzgalov in the offseason with a 9 year contract worth $51 million, has Philly in a tough spot, only because of Bryzgalov’s below average play this season.
I don’t expect the Flyers to make any more trades this season, the offseason is where they will address their captain dilemma and defense.
Other wingers that may be available are Brandon Dubinsky, T.J. Galiardi and Steve Ott. Sticking with the New York Rangers, I still don’t expect them to make any moves on trade deadline day. They have been number in the East for almost the entire season, why would they shake anything up?
Centers, Paul Gaustad and Derek Roy of the Buffalo Sabres have been rumored available. When these rumors first started, I kept saying, give the Sabres time. They added a lot of players in the offseason, and the chemistry wasn’t there yet.
Well, the chemistry should have picked up somewhat, and it has not. I fully expect the Sabres to move Gaustad but not so much Derek Roy. Teams that may want to beef up at center could be the Washington Capitals, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets.
There will most likely be a lot of draft picks being exchanged throughout the day, especially for the Blue Jackets. Just don’t get bummed out when 3:00 pm EST passes, and Rick Nash is still a Columbus Blue Jacket.
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