Although the Boston Bruins are on the approved list of teams that Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash would accept a trade to, do not expect the 2011 Stanley Cup champions to make a push for the talented winger.
Nash would love to play for the Bruins next season and beyond. He would be an instant upgrade to Boston’s offense, especially on their anemic power play. The Blue Jackets could actually take on Tim Thomas so that they could ensure they will reach the minimum salary cap number for the upcoming season. It is a move that could benefit both teams.
Unfortunately, it does not appear likely that the Bruins will trade for Nash at any point this offseason.
By now, we all know that Columbus has an extremely high asking price that many teams around the league are simply unwilling to meet, even to acquire someone such as Nash. The offensive minded winger would help out any team, sure, but that does not mean that teams will be looking to unload half of their current roster and top prospects to acquire one player.
Not even Nash.
It is reported that the Blue Jackets want a package centered around one of the top defensive prospects in the game in Dougie Hamilton, as well as either Tyler Seguin or Milan Lucic. It remains highly unlikely that the Bruins would be unwilling to move any of the three aforementioned players for Nash or anyone else who is rumored to be available for trade.
Dealing Lucic and his combination of size and speed or Seguin and his immeasurable potential does not fit the plan in Boston. Nash would be a nice addition, but not at the expense of changing the entire look and feel of what the Bruins already have in place, which is a perennially young Cup contender.
The Blue Jackets will have to see if they can force the hand of another team to cave into their ridiculously high demands.