Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson isn't saying much about his quest to trade team captain Rick Nash.
Reached Thursday, Howson said only, ''We are working very hard'' and added that he is not facing a deadline to make a deal.
Nash, the franchise leader in most offensive categories, revealed midway through last season that he had asked to be traded. He has a no-trade clause in his contract, and has given the club a list of possible destinations.
It was thought that once top free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter signed (both with Minnesota), interest in Nash would climb. Among the reported suitors are the New York Rangers, Detroit, San Jose, Carolina and Philadelphia.