Originally written on The Pensblog  |  Last updated 7/8/12

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 10: Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrates after scoring a first period goal against the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game 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)
All quiet on the Penguins front. But there are two really good reads out there today. 1. That Columbus beat writer who probably is more well known outside of Columbus than in, had a great piece on the Rick Nash fiasco. [ Blue Jackets Extra ] Howson won’t give him up until he gets market value, and his trade partners — the six clubs on Nash’s approved list — are offering only what they think is fair. Scott Howson is literally the worst. 2. Second best read today is from Michael Russo, who just owned coverage of the Wild's pursuit of Suter/Parise. [ StarTribune ] "The first two days were extremely stressful," General Manager Chuck Fletcher said. "I remember thinking well into July 2, 'We're out, we're done, we're dead in the water, we've got to make a trade.' I didn't have any feeling that we were a favorite or on the map. I felt we weren't there." Crazy article. You'd have to wonder what it was like for Ray Shero.   ::::::::::::::::...
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