While the Rick Nash trade talks heat up, along with the temperatures in many parts of the country, many teams are dropping out of the Nash sweepstakes, as they are simply fed up with the Columbus Blue Jackets asking price. While it is unknown as to how many teams exactly are still highly involved in the Nash talks, it is known that many teams are through dealing with Columbus.
It has been no secret that the New York Rangers have been high on Nash for quite some time, as they look for some help to their anemic offense. But smartly, New York has been unwilling to meet the asking price of Columbus in order to pull off a deal for the talented winger. It would not make sense for the Rangers to part with such players as Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh and others for Nash, while they could simply sign a free agent and give up nothing in return.
But the while the Rangers may be getting frustrated, they have not dropped out of the running, as have the Carolina Hurricanes. After countless fruitless conversations, the Hurricanes believe that what the Blue Jackets are demanding for Nash is simply too high, and they will move on to a new target. Carolina will not part with Jeff Skinner, not even for Nash. Having lost out on Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the ‘Canes are expected to chase either Shane Doan or Alexander Semin to go along with the Staal brothers.
It was also reported that the Ottawa Senators have withdrawn from the Nash sweepstakes as well, also stating that the asking price was just too much.
Even if you take out the teams who have publicly stated that they are unwilling to pay Columbus’ asking price, the Blue Jackets are still in talks with the Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks and Philadelphia Flyers. The Red Wings and Flyers were the most surprised and upset when they lost the war for Parise and Suter, and know that they need to make a splash. It is unknown what it would cost either team to acquire Nash, and it is also unknown as to how much they are willing to part with to do so.
Nash is very talented. Nobody questions that much. The 28-year-old is one of only four players to score at least 30 goals in each of the past five seasons, along with Jarome Iginla, Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Ovechkin. He is an outstanding player, and perhaps an even better person. Nash would make any franchise better.
But as good as he is, it would make no sense for a team to mortgage their future by sending away that many key pieces for one great player. A deal has to make sense for both sides, and the Blue Jackets seem unwilling to be a part of that.
Nash is good. That much is clear. But so are Doan, Semin, Bobby Ryan and a handful of other offensive players could be available at a much better price for certain teams.