Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 7/10/12

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)
Ever since Rick Nash was formally put on the block last season, we have had quite a bit of discussion on the topic here at BSB.  Interestingly, it seems our readers (and writers, for that matter) are pretty evenly divided in the pro or anti-Nash camps.  This is understandable given his large and lengthy contract, his (seemingly) declining production and his superstar status on a basement dweller. If you read here regularly, you are aware that Dave and I don’t necessarily see eye to eye on a potential Nash acquisition.  Due to our never ending quest for objective examination, I asked Dave to give me an assist on some advanced stats analysis to dig a little deeper into the merits of rolling the dice on Mr. Nash.  Since Nash has experienced a production decline in each year since his 40 goal ’08-’09 campaign, I wanted to know if this was due to actual decline or if the decrease in surrounding talent was more to blame. Dave was kind enough to run an advanced metric analysis for this pos...
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