Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 6/17/12

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 10: Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates up to a face off during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on October 10, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Blue Jackets defeated the Coyotes 2-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
In USA Today, Kevin Allen suggests that in addition to shopping Rick Nash, Columbus is willing to deal the second overall pick in the draft.  Allen writes that though it’s highly unlikely, it would be quite the blockbuster if Nash and the second pick were packaged in the same deal. The current asking price for Nash according to Allen is, “a premium young prospect, a first-round draft pick and a couple of players who can play immediately.”  There are various other reports of Columbus GM Scott Howson demanding a king’s ransom for Nash and unless Howson laments and is willing to accept a lesser package, the Rangers won’t be acquiring the big power forward. However, would the combination of young assets New York would be willing to part with increase dramatically if the second pick is involved too? If the price for Nash is already sky high, it’s likely that the pieces needed to get both Nash and the second selection would be completely ridiculous.  There’s no way the Rangers would be w...
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