It is basically official that Rick Nash will not be a Blue Jacket for the 2012-2013 season. For that matter, he’ll probably be gone by trade deadline.
Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reported that Nash has submitted a list of teams to the Blue Jackets to which he would accept a deal, and his sources say the list is no more than 10 clubs. Portzline also wrote, “Among the clubs believed to be interested are the New York Rangers, Los Angeles, San Jose, Toronto and Montreal.”
I think Rick Nash would make a great addition to the Ducks. He’s young, a great leader and an all around well rounded player. However, obtaining Nash won’t be easy..
I can assume he wants to leave Columbus because he is tired of losing and wants to win a Stanley Cup. Looking at the Ducks current situation, Nash might not want to sign with the Ducks based on the horrible start to this season. Although if you look at the teams released he would like to go to, none really have a great shot at winning a cup anytime soon….
Out of his 8 seasons with Columbus, 6 of those seasons he scored 30+ goals and 7 of those seasons he had 50+ points. At 6’4″ and 219 pounds, he can play very aggressively and throw some solid hits.
You know who that sounds like? Ryan Getzlaf (how Getzy used to play atleast..)
That could be a perfect trade. They are both similar players who could benefit the team they’re sent to. Due to Getzlaf’s recent play, the Ducks might have to throw in a prospect, but it would be a good trade. I think it’s time for Getzy to find a new home and get out of this funk he’s in.
One issue that remains is if the Ducks get rid of Getzlaf, who would be their top center? Koivu is the Ducks next best center, but he’s doing great with Selanne and Hagman. Columbus is also shopping Jeff Carter and Antoine Vermette who are more than capable of handling the first line.
That would obviously be a huge trade and would require more from the Ducks. They do have several young players I would be willing to ship out, such as Smith-Pelly and Beleskey.
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