Although a lot trades were made in the NHL on Monday before the trade deadline, one player who didn't change teams was Columbus Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash despite persistent rumors that he would wind up elsewhere.
General manager Scott Howson said Monday afternoon in a media conference that Nash had made the request for a trade in mid-January.
"He approached us and asked us to consider trading him," Howson said. "We agreed to accommodate his request as long as we could get a deal that would provide us with cornerstone pieces to help us compete for a Stanley Cup championship in the coming years."
The Blue Jackets did not get what they wanted, so no deal was made.
This may make Nash's situation with the Blue Jackets a bit uncomfortable, and it could get more uncomfortable in the coming weeks. Nash will remain the team's captain despite his request to leave.
Howson would not say why Nash wanted a trade.
"You'll have to talk to him," Howson said.
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