Originally written on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 11/20/14

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 10: Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates up to a face off during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes 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)
Against all odds, Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson kept his job despite the spectacular failure of his team. He spent a lot of payroll dollars to lose a lot of games.Now Howson will be the NHL’s most popular man as the draft nears. Several teams are bidding on power forward Rick Nash, a player the Blue Jackets are committed to moving as part of a badly needed overhaul.The New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks seem like the front-runners, but don’t rule out the Toronto Maple Leafs or Carolina Hurricanes.What sort of package would it take to land Nash? The team apparently is asking for two proven players and a couple of prospects or draft picks in exchange.The Blue Jackets need to start over in goal, which is why an Antti Niemi/Joe Pavelski/picks/prospects offer from San Jose could have some appeal. The Sharks figure to make major changes after their playoff flop and Niemi, a Cup winner in Chicago, was one of their major culprits. The versatile Pavelski would offset s...
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