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As Dave noted last week in our ongoing discussion about Rick Nash, it’s very possible that Nash wouldn’t be the only Blue Jacket coming back to the Rangers in a potential blockbuster trade this summer.
There have been wide-ranging reports of Columbus GM Scott Howson’s trade demands, but the general consensus seems to be that he wants a couple of NHL forwards, a top prospect and a first-round pick (in addition to the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty).
Though Rangers GM Glen Sather will not meet those specific demands, it’s still a certainty that a deal for Nash would require a significant multi-player package. It’s a good bet that Sather might require more players coming back from Columbus if he’s forced to part with prized young assets and it’s also possible that Howson would attempt to dump other dead weight in a Nash deal.
So what other Columbus players could be of interest to the Rangers and who would Howson love to send our way?
*Apologies to those with nostalgia, but Vinny Prospal and Fedor Tyutin aren’t in consideration – Tyutin inked a six-year, $27 million contract extension last summer and Prospal has already committed to finishing his career in Columbus and taking a front office job upon retiring.
The Blueshirts would love to get their hands on youngsters Ryan Johansen, John Moore and Boone Jenner, but it makes very little sense for Columbus to deal any of its decent prospects considering the franchise is rebuilding.
The Blue Jackets might consider dealing forward R.J. Umberger, who re-signed for five-years, $23 million in September. Umberger, who was briefly Rangers’ property in 2004, is a solid player and if Howson can get a more appealing package from the Blueshirts, he might consider packaging Umberger with Nash. However, it’s highly unlikely the Rangers would be interested in adding Umberger’s $4.6 million cap hit in addition to Nash’s $7.8 million price tag.
Columbus might be interested in shedding the contract of James Wisniewski, who signed last summer for six-years, $33 million, but again, the Rangers wouldn’t want to add that kind of salary.
New York might have a moderate level of interest in sophomore Cam Atkinson, who posted 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 27 games, but he might fit under the umbrella of prospects Columbus has no desire to deal.
Perhaps the player that makes the most sense for both sides is 24-year-old center Derick Brassard, a linemate of Nash over the last two seasons. Brassard has been frequently mentioned in trade rumors and doesn’t seem to be particularly popular in Columbus. Though it remains extremely unlikely that Sather would consider dealing Derek Stepan, Brassard has the potential to be a second-line pivot and might assuage the loss of Stepan to an extent.
Brassard carries a reasonable cap hit of $3.2 million, and depending on how New York’s scouting staff feels about him, he might be another offensive weapon worth attempting to acquire.
Those are about the only players that make any type of sense. Though a multi-player return package would seem likely on paper, there really aren’t a whole lot of Blue Jackets that would interest New York and the ones that might aren’t likely to be on the trading block. Howson’s lack of attractive tradable assets other than Nash makes a blockbuster deal even more difficult to complete, especially while Howson maintains unreasonably high demands.
BEST OF MAXIM
As Columbus Blue Jackets fans waitand waitand wait for a resolution to the Captain Rick Nash trade saga, there are a couple other Blue Jackets players who fans can focus on momentarily.
Oh, and one non-NHLer whose story of an ECHL tryout after a double-lung transplant resonates loudly with any hockey fan and player.
Blue Jackets wingers and agitators Jared Boll and Derek Dorsett...
Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson explains to TSN what he's looking for in return for Rick Nash..."If we do complete a trade, we're trading out a 30 to 40 goal scorer," said Howson. "Defence is probably the strongest part of our team if we look at it today, so we're looking to get some NHL forwards back first and foremost."...fine, Dubi and AA...
The Rangers were eliminated in the Eastern conference finals against the Devils for a few reasons. Most fans question the lack of goal scoring and high end skill and rightly so. The fact that the Rangers still haven’t gone out and addressed this frustrates many, even though Glen Sather has been right to not over react.
Then there is the theory that the Rangers may have run out...
Rick Nash trade rumors have been swirling since the trade deadline last season, but no deal has been made yet.
As much as I would love to see Rick Nash in a Bruins uniform, it just isn’t going to happen. Columbus wants way too much in return for their superstar forward, and I do not think the Bruins are willing to give up that...
Even though there are still several big names that could change teams this summer including Doan, Nash, Ryan and Semin, it already feels as if we are in the midst of the “dog days of summer.” You know, the period of time after the big name free agents have chosen where they are going to [...]
If the Columbus Blue Jackets pull the trigger on a long-rumored Rick Nash trade, GM Scott Howson has said he wants "NHL forwards" back Continue reading →
Via RedWingsFeed, I believe this counts as a mid-July blockbuster:
According to MLive’s Ansar Khan, the Red Wings did their very best to attempt to acquire: the superstar forward, but the Columbus Blue Jackets simply wouldn’t do business with their self-proclaimed arch-rival:
The Red Wings made “a hell of an offer’’ to Columbus for Nash, according to a person with knowledge...
Over at Blueshirts United, Jim Cerny sat down with new CT Whale assistant coach Jeff Beukeboom to discuss prospect Christian Thomas, who Beukeboom has a great knowledge of from his time coaching in the OHL..."I know Christian Thomas really well, my son (Blues prospect Brock Beukeboom) and he grew up playing against one another, and I think his skill set translates well to the...
In part two of “My Favorite Rangers,” you’ll begin to notice a trend in my selections. I’ve always had an appreciation for the tough guys in the sport. Derek Boogaard, Theo Fleury and Pat Verbeek all made my list in the first edition. In this post you’ll be reintroduced to a couple more noted tough [...]
Aaron Portzline at the Columbus Dispatch wonders if a training camp holdout would be an option for Rick Nash if he's not traded this offseason....that would be an absolutely nightmare scenario for Columbus and their GM Howson. They'd lose what little leverage they might actually still have and the Rangers would probably be able to get Nash for some 1994 memorabilia.In other...
Brad Richards discusses his appearance in the ESPN The Magazine Body issue.
Follow-up story from Morty Ain of ESPN The Magazine, This is an extended interview from the 2012 ESPN The Magazine Body Issue.
What do you want people to know about you through the Body Issue?
BR: I want to show how much work we put into our sport. I think if people saw the injuries that go untalked...
I guess John Buccigross at ESPN felt like riling up Rangers fans this morning by floating this...Before I go get a flowcut, I want to hear from Rangers & Sharks fans. I heard a Dan Boyle for Marian Gaborik trade almost happened. Thoughts— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) July 17, 2012
The 36-year old Boyle, who has a no trade clause, had 9g, 39a for the Sharks last year. Boyle...
Just wanted to give everyone a heads up that I will be out of the country on vacation for the next five days and will not be updating the blog, unless something major happens such as a Rick Nash trade for example (I highly doubt that it will).
Also, when I get back, I will be on the hunt for fans out there that are interested in writing for the blog during next season. I will...