Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 11/13/14

ST. LOUIS, MO. - JANUARY 12: Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Bluejackets waits for a face-off against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on January 12, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch, When Dave King spoke of the Blue Jackets’ future in 2000-01, during the team’s first season, I remember thinking how unfortunate it was that he wouldn’t be around for it. It was clear that he knew his stuff, and just as clear that he couldn’t possibly coach an NHL expansion team to enough success to keep from eventually getting fired…. We know now that the bright future King was destined to miss never happened. Only one true star was actually on the team’s horizon — Rick Nash — and NHL markets elsewhere got all of the other young hockey studs. In 2012, Nash is the only real stability that Columbus’ NHL franchise has ever had, and all signs point to him being traded either this week or shortly after the free-agent market opens on July 1, a response to a trade request he made in January. The absurdity of this has remained with most of us like a bad case of indigestion. How it is that the only near-certainty for a team that finished with the ...
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