Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets is a model of loyalty, a prince of patience.
He's had one winning season since he entered the League — ditto the franchise for which he plays. He's witnessed rebuilding seasons. He's witnessed brief moments of contention. He's witnessed a summer in which GM Scott Howson spent millions to improve the team, and then watched that season go down the toilet with the stench and velocity of a dead goldfish.
Nash is signed through 2018, and has a no-movement clause through 2015. Presumably, the Blue Jackets rebuild around him. But what if they felt moving him would hasten the rebuild? What if they asked him to waive his no-move clause?
Columbus Dispatch reporter Aaron Portzline asked him that:
"That's a tough question to answer in a situation like this," Nash said. "I love Columbus. I love being here. I love being a Blue Jacket.
"The city of Columbus deserves a winner and deserves a good product on the ice. If it comes to that — like you said, all s...