“The Blue Jackets have two of the higher-profile forwards on the market. They’re listening to offers for captain Rick Nash and openly shopping Jeff Carter.
Howson has met with Philadelphia GM Paul Holmgren and Toronto GM Brian Burke in the past week to discuss possibilities, but Boston, Los Angeles and the New York Rangers also are said to be interested in Nash and/or perhaps others on the Jackets’ roster.”
Many are concerned with the Blue Jackets current asking price and rightly so. Reports are that the Blue Jackets want Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, and either Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier. That is a hefty price. ESPN’s Neil Greenburg suggests that not only are Nash’s numbers expected to decline over the middle and later years of his contract but he is also unproven where the Flyers need him the most- the playoffs.
“The argument for Nash isn't just about goals and points, it is also about his ability to take a team to the next level. Specifically, winning the Stanley Cup. But his capacity to perform in the playoffs is unknown at this point (just four postseason games in 2008-09) and having him on the team doesn't make a franchise significantly more likely to reach the playoffs, let alone be the last team standing.”
The Nash-to-Philadelphia rumors have tempered a little bit over the past few days but Paul Holmgren has been known to trade people when others least expect it (i.e. Jeff Carter randomly on a Thursday and then Mike Richards just minutes later). It will be interesting to see if Holmgren listens to any JVR offers (are you listening, Colorado?) after his solid play tonight and setting up the game tying goal against the Jets.
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