Originally posted on Puck Drunk Love  |  Last updated 5/29/12

The Rick Nash rumor train has taken a few weeks off as the attention of the NHL has been purely focused on the playoffs. However, as the summer heat arrives it brings Rick Nash trade rumors as reports are indicating that the Blue Jackets are prepared to resume talks over their prized forward.

The NHL GM meetings, set to start Wednesday in New Jersey, will likely be the start of some serious trade talk between the Columbus Blue Jackets and any interested team that wants to acquire Nash. It's believed the process could be completed prior to or near the NHL Draft or the start of the free agency period so the parties involved can focus on other needs without having to contemplate Nash's future.

Puck Daddy correctly mentions that the ultimate fates of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter could play a major role in determining where Nash lands, or vice versa. A team that lands Parise will no longer be interested in Nash. By the same token, if a team that wants Parise misses out on him, their interest in Nash might suddenly multiply.

Regardless of where Nash ends up, the way he is leaving the Blue Jackets is certainly a bit abnormal. Nash gave his list of teams he'd be willing to be dealt to and Columbus elected to instead sit on their hands in the hopes that more enticing trade avenues would open up over the summer. Still, Columbus might need Nash to expand his list of cities if they hope to truly capitalize on waiting to make a deal. It remains to be seen if Nash will do this considering the events that have gone down leading up to Nash wanting a trade out of Columbus.

For the Blue Jackets, on paper, their decision to wait to deal Nash is an intelligent one. Teams that fell short in the playoffs may be looking to make a big change and a trade for Nash meets that criteria.

With all that being said, which teams might be interested in Nash? Puck Daddy speculates that San Jose might be a logical fit assuming they are able to restructure their payroll in order to fit under the cap. This argument makes a lot of sense given the fact the Sharks again stumbled in the playoffs and are contemplating some major changes prior to 2012-13. The Sharks would have to part ways with at least a couple of their current big names in order to fit Nash in - a move that would certainly be worthy of the term "overhaul".

The New York Rangers were the closest to finalizing a deal for Nash prior to the trade deadline in 2011-12. The deal ultimately never materialized due to the steep price the Blue Jackets were asking for. It's safe to assume that the Rangers will again be interested in Nash after falling to the New Jersey Devils in the Conference Finals. It seems unlikely that the Rangers will raise their offer a significant amount but it wouldn't be surprising to see them again in the mix for Nash.

As always, we can assume that there are likely numerous teams looking to acquire Nash that won't speak of their intentions in order to keep the price on the forward relatively low. We can speculate about who these teams might be but ultimately our guess is as good as yours.

At this time, we have no idea where Rick Nash will play in 2012-13. However, we now know that talks involving Nash's future will be picking up in the coming weeks.

[followDavid]

[follow]

This article first appeared on Puck Drunk Love and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jourdan Lewis will miss start of camp for domestic abuse trial

Vick 'truly sorry' for comments about Kaepernick

NFL owners pushing for Ezekiel Elliott suspension?

Report: Derrick Rose in ‘serious talks’ to join Cavs

Giants co-owner: Kaepernick is not being blackballed

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Lakers wanted to sign D-Wade if Bulls bought him out

Report: Bell has no plans to miss regular season games

OJ Simpson could cash in on signing autographs if paroled

Report: If Rockets land Melo, LeBron could join him in 2018

Le'Veon Bell wants to be paid like 'a No. 1 RB and No. 2 WR'

Three Wimbledon matches have reportedly raised suspicions about match-fixing

The 'Let's show a little love for James Jones' quiz

Making an NFL GM change in the summer has its benefits

Box Score 7/20: Nothing but Nolan

The 'Yoan Moncada era starts now' quiz

Every MLB team's biggest need at the trade deadline

Who won the Open Championship in the year you were born?

Box Score 7/19: The shadow of the trade deadline begins to fall over baseball

The Orioles need to unwind past deals if they are going to rebuild

The 'No one is betterer than Roger Federer' quiz

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Sam Hinkie is calling the shots

Box Score 7/18: Burying a glove is fine until you have a zombie glove in the outfield

The 'Youth in baseball is cyclical' quiz

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'Let's show a little love for James Jones' quiz

Making an NFL GM change in the summer has its benefits

The 'Yoan Moncada era starts now' quiz

The Orioles need to unwind past deals if they are going to rebuild

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Sam Hinkie is calling the shots

The 'No one is betterer than Roger Federer' quiz

The 'Youth in baseball is cyclical' quiz

The unexpected rise of the Connecticut Sun

Getaway Day: Class is back in session

The 'Safeties in numbers' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker