There’s been a deafening silence from the Rick Nash camp since news came out that Columbus would entertain the idea of moving him. Specifically when the Blue Jackets came to MSG, Nash refused to answer any questions about a possible trade. But today the silence has been broken, though not by Nash himself. Nash’s agent Joe Resnick told TSN the following:
“We’re hopeful a deal can get done prior to the trade deadline that is fair and equitable for the Blue Jackets…
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 25, 2012
Nash’s agent then goes on to say that the list of teams he would accept a trade to will “not change” if the Blue Jackets decide to wait until the offseason to move him.
There are a few aspects to this. First, it does give more confidence in the idea that Nash will be traded and that this is merely more than Columbus kicking tires just to see what offers they can get. It also makes it obvious that Nash would prefer a move from Columbus. I now believe that Rick Nash and his agent are pushing Columbus hard to move him and it’s not as much of a mutual agreement between Columbus and Nash.
His agent’s comments on not expanding his trade list if Columbus decides to hold onto him is also important. Columbus GM Scott Howson might have contemplated keeping Nash for now on the basis that his list of acceptable destinations might grow and thus give him more options. If Nash will only accept a trade to the same number of teams in the future then it gives Columbus a lot less incentive to hold onto Nash any longer.
I think it’s inevitable that Rick Nash is traded, and if not now then during the offseason. Thus, if Nash is not traded before Monday’s deadline then I think we’re going to hear the Nash-to-NYR rumors for the next 4-6 months.