Now that the La Kings have won the Stanley Cup, the NHL is getting ready for the draft and teams are starting to make their moves for trades. Right now one of the most talked about player is Rich Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The NHL is reporting that as of right now there are approximately ten teams interested in the Blue Jackets’ captain.
The Blue Jackets have been trying to revamp their team so they can have a better chance to get the cup next season, and this began back in February during the trade deadline, when Nash was first made available. Back then the Flyers, The Maple Leafs, The Rangers, The Sharks and now the Hurricane are all interested in acquiring the forward. Reports have not named the other teams interested in Nash, but because he is the captain and has significantly helped out the Blue Jackets offensive line the team that gets him is going to have to pay up in a big way.
Before the trade deadline the Blue Jackets traded Jeff Carter to the Kings to acquire Jack Johnson. They also got a no. 30 pick in the first round of the draft, which they can decide to take this year or in 2013.
Since Nash is one of the best players in the Blue Jackets franchise, it is most likely that this trade will be a forward for a forward, as the Blue Jackets are going to need another power forward to take over in Nash’s absence from the team. We can also expect a draft pick being thrown in the deal as well, to sweeten the pot for the Blue Jackets when they decide to make the final trade decisions.
After the draft, we’ll probably be getting more updates on who the other teams are that are pursuing Nash. Right now there are just a lot of teams interested, but no deals have been put on the table yet.