First it was on NHL Home Ice. Then Nashville Predators beat writer David Boclair confirmed it. Preds General Manager David Poile had a standing offer to the Columbus Blue Jackets for superstar captain Rick Nash.
The Brampton, Ontario native is in the prime of his career at 27 years old and is locked up through the 2017-18 season. His price is a tad steep at $7.8 million (cap hit) per year but that’s the price of elite talent. Nash is a proven 65-70 point and 35-40 goal guy on terrible Columbus teams and he should be extremely motivated on a club with Stanley Cup aspirations as he’s only been to the post season once in his nine year NHL career and that series lasted all of four games.
So what’s the hold up? You know, other than Nash’s no trade clause?
Actually, let’s tackle that first. Nash has given a list of five teams to Columbus GM Scott Howson. Nobody seems to know who’s on the list except for the New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs. The Los Angeles Kings were believed to b...