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My thoughts on Rick Nash and the Blue Jackets

March 3, 2012

The last time I wrote about this I thought the Jackets brass had asked Nash to waive his no movement clause. It has since come to light that Nash asked to be traded.

Rick Nash has played his whole career in Columbus. He seems like a nice, quiet guy that would make a nice neighbor or friend. He was drafted first in the draft and has been the star player on a bad team ever since. His stats are never great but the retort to that is always that he is surrounded by bad players and needs better players around him. While partly true, Nash has never grown much as a player or demanded more from himself. He has been team captain through two squads basically quitting on their coach. Watching him play in the Olympics, he plays a hard nosed aggressive style. In Columbus, he goes on auto pilot or coasts along at times. He is obviously a good player, but the motivation is gone. Right or wrong.

Scott Howson may have had the chance to trade Nash. It’s not public knowledge what he was offered or if they really intended to move him at all. Now Howson is faced with a team in disarray and a captain that wants out of town. He has had five years to get this going in the right direction. He would have been fired in any other situation but has the keys to the situation here. Trading Nash will be his legacy. I doubt he is up to the task of getting a return that will turn the Jackets into winners, but he will be forced to accept an offer at some point. This situation can not last as it is currently.

Bad teams always have drama. Being an Indians, Cavaliers, Browns and Jackets fan I see it all the time. When teams win you never hear this kind of crap. Hopefully soon the CBJ fans will have a winner to talk about instead. Frankly, it seems so far away.

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A superstar that wants to play in Ohio? Trade him!

February 15, 2012

The Columbus Blue Jackets are in the midst of their worst ever season after spending all of their cap money to bolster the attack. Team captain Rick Nash reportedly has been asked to waive his no trade clause and accept a move elsewhere. Nash has been a patient man as the front office has promised him for years to build around him. At this point he looks to be the scapegoat for poor trades and drafting. Nash has been one of the few bright spots for the Jackets.

General Manager Scott Howson would be fired in most pro sports cities. His record is abysmal and his team building has been random patchwork. Only in Columbus would he be given carte blanche to rebuild something he couldn’t build in the first place. If Nash has to be traded, this man should not be the one doing it. This cycle of team building has been a failure and so has Howson.

I’m not sure how this turns out but Nash deserves better than having his loyalty and contract signing of 8 years being thrown out after 2. The Columbus hockey squad will wait a long time for a player of his caliber than wants to play here.