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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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#CBJ Carter trade ends sour experiment

February 25, 2012

Jeff Carter was traded to Columbus a few months ago. The expectation was that he would be the Center the Blue Jackets had long needed to put them into the playoffs and even to advance. Rick Nash, the Jackets long time star wing, had needed this type of player to finally flourish. Something happened along the way though.

When Carter was aquired, the Jackets gave up young Jake Voracek and a 1st round draft choice. Things looked bright. Carter was shocked by the trade and had recently signed a long term deal with his old team, the Philadelphia Flyers. Carter went into seclusion for several days and had to be drawn out by Nash and others going to visit him. This was a bad sign but at the time I overlooked it. Going to a new team has to be a shock.

The season started with a wimper. Carter was out with injury and the team struggled. When he finally did make it onto the ice the team floundered and he looked disinterested. As the team struggled, Coach Scott Arniel became more and more off the wall in his explanations of their troubles. In what could best be described as a mercy firing, he was finally let go.

The Jackets have had the worst record in the NHL all season. Rick Nash was placed on the trading block and others have been shuffled out of town as well. Thursday night, Carter was traded to the LA Kings. The experiment is over and looks like the Jackets are going with a whole new style of player and youth.

I can’t help but wonder what might have happened if Carter came in with a different attitude and effort level. For me, he is the most disapointing Blue Jacket ever.

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.