Late last night, MLive.com reported that the Red Wings made an offer to the Blue Jackets for forward Rick Nash.
“But the offer generated no conversation. No counteroffer, no back and forth negotiation, nothing. It is clear Columbus has no intention of trading the face of its franchise to the team it considers to be its top rival…”
Reporter Ansar Khan also does a great job pointing out the limits of what Detroit has to offer in that Johan Franzen has been inconsistent of late and Valtteri Filppula is an unrestricted free agent next season.
It sounds like it is just as unlikely that Columbus will be able to deal with the Bruins. Boston is unwilling to part with either David Krejci or Milan Lucic according to ESPN Boston, and that is part of the reason the team has dropped out of the Rick Nash sweepstakes…but only part of the reason.
“According to a source, the sticking point between the Bruins and Blue Jackets was also that the Blue Jackets wanted an NHL defenseman with experience. Besides Zdeno Chara, who both sides understand isn’t available, the Bruins don’t have what the Blue Jackets are looking for.”
Finally, it’s been months since the Blue Jackets have talked to the Sharks about the possibility of trading Nash to San Jose, reports Comcast Sports.
“The Blue Jackets haven’t come off of their insistence that Logan Couture be a part of a deal for the scoring winger, which is a non-starter for San Jose.”
The bottom line? This looks like it will take quite a bit more time to play out.