Originally written on The 6th Sens  |  Last updated 11/15/14

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 24: Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets lines up for a faceoff against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on October 24, 2009 in Anaheim, California. The Blue Jackets defeated the Ducks 6-4. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)



The latest Rick Nash news comes courtesy of Aaron Portzline from the Columbus Dispatch:

The New York Rangers, San Jose and Ottawa are potential destinations, too, but strike the Rangers from that list if they land Parise during free agency. The Dispatch has learned that Ottawa is not on the list of teams that Nash would waive his no-trade clause for, so he would have to alter the list before any trade could go through.

For those of you who are actually holding out hope that an aging, expensive, very good but never elite player like Nash could be convinced to come to the nation's capital, you can take solace in the fact that Dany Heatley is no longer around to make that pitch.


Of course, if you watched the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft on Friday night, you unmistakingly heard Darren Dreger's candid skepticism that Rick Nash would agree to waive that NMC to come to Ottawa.
Now maybe Nash may eventually be open to entertaining such a possibility, especially after other trade candidates like Carolina and Philadelphia peddled a number of young assets at the Draft, but it could take awhile. Fans shouldn't so easily dismiss his resolve. Remember, this is a player who played through the bulk of nine seasons expecting management to bring him a number one center before he finally lost patience and asked for a trade.

Justin Schultz's Exclusive Negotiating Window Ends at Midnight

Justin Schultz becomes UFA at midnight Sunday night. Blue-chip D prospect to meet with agent(s) in Toronto on Tuesday. Will field offers Wed

— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 23, 2012
As I've already written in other pieces, money is not going to be an issue in negotiations with Schultz. At its core, Schultz's decision is going to come down to comfort with an organization and opportunity. Personally, if I was Bryan Murray, I'd point to Ottawa's need on the blue line while alluding to the success that Erik Karlsson had thriving in a Paul MacLean system that allowed offensive defencemen to play creatively.

Murray Talking to Team's Own UFAs

According to the Ottawa Sun's Don Brennan, Murray said a couple of his unrestricted free agents have rejected offers. “I don’t think today’s the day the day to announce that.

Some of Ottawa's unrestricted free agents were lucky to get offers.

Murray Still Looking to Get Rid of Gonchar?

There was an interesting tidbit of news within a separate Don Brennan article that indicated the Senators were kicking the tires on acquiring Milan Michalek's brother, Zbynek Michalek - who ultimately, was dealt back to Phoenix for Harrison Ruopp, Marc Cheverie and a 2012 third round pick.

Of note was one particular quote from Bryan Murray:

“He told me what the contract was and what he was going to do, and I said, ‘That’s great, but unless you take an equal contract back, I can’t do it,’ ” Murray told the Sun Saturday. “So I was never really in it.”

With a roster that's devoid of many bad contracts, it's easy to deduce that the player that Murray was looking to move was Sergei Gonchar. While the news that the organization is looking to move Gonchar's salary is hardly new, it does give us a little insight into the process itself. With the exception of Gonchar and Phillips, the Senators' blue line is devoid of NHL experience and the Senators will have to acquire some via trade or free agency. Reading into the fact that Murray's confident enough to move Gonchar's minutes and salary, I have to believe that management must believe that they have some inside track on acquiring a top four defenceman.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Devils unveil unique coaching by committee situation

Report: 49ers expect Jim Harbaugh to take Michigan job

Report: Johnny Manziel fined for being late to treatment

Duke Johnson's mother says son will enter NFL Draft

Starlin Castro questioned following nightclub shooting

Report: Jeff Driskel thinking about transfer to Duke

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Browns suspend Josh Gordon for final game of season

Report: Rex Ryan has already cleaned out his office

Clint Trickett retires due to concussions, hid two

Drew Stanton likely out for the year, postseason included

Byron Scott: ‘Idiots’ think Lakers are better team without Kobe

Undrafted QB Connor Shaw to sign with Browns, likely start

WATCH: Frank Beamer busts a move after bowl win

Bears could clean house after season

Nebraska chancellor booed by Huskers players?

WATCH: Rory McIlroy trolled by 'Sweet Caroline' song

Auburn, Wisconsin players literally ate tons of food

Did Kobe Bryant respond to heckler with the rings count?

Doug Fister bought Starbucks for his Twitter followers

DeMarco Murray dumped over cheating accusations?

Video: Rudy Gay tosses half-court alley-oop to McLemore

WATCH: Craig Sager is touched by outpouring of support during leukemia fight

Hiroki Kuroda returns to Japan, ditches Yankees

Kevin Garnett: ‘Very weird’ to see Celtics without Rajon Rondo

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 Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

WATCH: Beamer busts a move

Bears could clean house after season

Nebraska chancellor booed by players?

Johnny Manziel fined by Browns

Castro questioned after shooting

Rory McIlroy trolled with 'Sweet Caroline'

Browns suspend Josh Gordon

Kobe gives heckler the rings count?

Murray dumped over cheating scandal?

Rex Ryan has cleaned out his office

Five breakout stars in 2014

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.