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It just might be that time. Will Columbus do the right thing for their franchise as well as their franchise player? This of course would be trading Rick Nash. Speaking as a hockey fan I think that most would agree, Rick Nash deserves better and NHL fans would benefit if he was moved to a team that has a more promising outlook. For his entire career Nash has been hidden in Columbus without much fanfare, except for when he pops up in the International scene, or at the all star games. And that is really too bad.

The Blue Jackets are in a tough spot right now as they are stuck in the bottom third of the league, again. Fan support is most certainly waning and the city is waiting for an actual NHL team to get behind. Rick Nash might provide the Blue Jacket franchise with the opportunity to get multiple quality players back. No one player is going to get Columbus in the right direction. They are going to need a few key players coming back.

Fellow hockeybuzz poster dbell646 brought up a very interesting proposal:

The LA Kings would receive Rick Nash in exchange for Jonathan Bernier, Jack Johnson and a 1st round pick.

Now mind you, that this is just the basic framework of a deal. There can always be tweaks and mild changes to make things work.

I think that this proposal covers a lot of positive ground for both teams. Starting with LA they would be getting the biggest star in the trade and LA loves to have star players. Kopitar and Nash would be an awesome combo. Stoll and Penner’s contracts are both coming off of the books this offseason so it would help lessen the bite that Nash’s contract would have on the cap. The pieces that LA would be moving back would not necessarily hurt their teams chances of making a run. The Kings cannot keep both of their goalies (Quick/Bernier), eventually one is going to move on so they both can be starting goalies, and the Kings know that. What better time to cash in on moving Bernier than for a big star like Nash? Jack Johnson is a good defensemen, but the Kings are fortunate as they have a young promising defensemen in Voynov who can take over that role. Lastly, first round picks are always useful, but in LA’s situation they can afford to let one go if they are getting a return like Nash.

The Blue Jackets are in a tough spot, as Rick Nash can veto a trade to anywhere. But LA would provide him a great hockey situation, and I have to assume he wouldn’t mind the living accommodations either. The Blue Jackets can’t screw this trade up or their team just might move out of town, that is how important the Nash deal is.

Columbus has been getting suspect goaltending for quite some time, Bernier is probably the most highly regarded young goalie who is ready to step in and take the reigns (Vancouver’s Cory Schneider being the other). The Jackets would be upgrading that very important position which has been losing games consistently for them recently.

Jack Johnson would give the Blue Jackets a defensemen who eats minutes (22 min/game on average). Johnson can provide a multitude of services. He can run a PP, play man down, make crisp breakout passes and every once in a while throw his body around. A guy like Johnson takes the stress off of the other defensemen on the team just based on the amount of minutes he plays, and the kind of minutes he plays.

A first round pick is never a bad thing for a team like Columbus who is in the rebuilding process again. However, they really need to find the right GM to be making those decisions.

The Blue Jackets need to hit a home run with their trade of Nash and it won’t be easy given his veto powers. However I think the Kings and Jackets could come together and be the right fit for both teams.

Thanks for reading

Please feel free to critique/criticize/agree/disagree or make your own proposals.

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February 14, 2012 1:54 PM ET | Delete
Maybe the deal can include Ron Hextall to replace Scott Howson?
February 14, 2012 1:57 PM ET | Delete
Yeah, if I am a Blue Jackets fan I probably don't have much confidence in Howson presiding over the biggest trade in franchise history.
February 14, 2012 2:02 PM ET | Delete
what do you think Cory Schneider, Raymond, Ballard and a pick for Nash?
February 14, 2012 2:15 PM ET | Delete
I definitely think the Schneider part of that deal is enticing. If I was the Blue Jackets I would ask for Schneider, Cody Hodgson, Chris Tanev and a mid round pick. However I don't think the money would work for Vancouver given that Nash has such a high cap hit.
February 14, 2012 3:20 PM ET | Delete
the kings do not have a 1st round pick
February 14, 2012 3:49 PM ET | Delete
great right up of one of my favorite players. definitely the best offer i have seen proposed, and it helps both teams. i think you are spot on with not screwing this up, as he really is the only reason to care about hockey there. its a shame its come to this because he has been so loyal to them, but he does deserve a good center, and they dont come much better than kopitar
February 14, 2012 4:42 PM ET | Delete
@annoyingpeasant. According to this site they do. http://www.prosportstransactions.com/hockey/DraftTrades/Future/Kings.htm
February 14, 2012 4:44 PM ET | Delete
The Kings have a first, they don't have a 2nd. That went in the Mike Richards deal? I may be mistaken it was either that or the Penner deal.
February 14, 2012 4:45 PM ET | Delete
But I do know for a fact they are without a 2nd round pick.
February 14, 2012 4:46 PM ET | Delete
2nd round pick was indeed involved with the Richards trade.
February 14, 2012 6:45 PM ET | Delete
If I'm CBJ I do that trade in a second. If I'm LA, I try to bring down the price. Voynov instead of JJ would be a start. LA would instantly become a cup contender and would be amazing to watch.
February 14, 2012 6:50 PM ET | Delete
The benefit of keeping voynov instead of Johnson is that it frees up more cap room for both Nash's cap hit and Quick's eventual raise.
February 14, 2012 7:03 PM ET | Delete
Good call, they could throw Penner in their since he is a bust anyways.
February 14, 2012 7:08 PM ET | Delete
How are the pancakes in Columbus?
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February 14, 2012 7:31 PM ET | Delete
For some reason if you type a long comment in the myhockeybuzz section it will show up blank. If you break it up into smaller separate posts it seems to work. Hope this helps.
February 14, 2012 7:52 PM ET | Delete
Is Nash worth it? He's a great player but only 2 forty goal seasons and has never hit 80 points a very good player but at 7.8 mill for I think at least 5 years (might be wrong) not sure I'm sold
February 14, 2012 7:57 PM ET | Delete
Nash has had worse support than even Vanek. I'm hard pressed to name 3 of his centers he has played with not named Jeff Carter.
February 15, 2012 1:33 AM ET | Delete
Kings definitely have their 1st round pick this year. I'm sure he was confused with the 1st round pick we squandered LAST YEAR in the Dustin Penner trade. As for this trade proposal...at first glance it seems well balanced, but I think fans are underestimating the value of Nash. I'm not sure how much value Johnson has at this point. You can simply play anyone for 22 minutes a game. Doesn't mean they're good. I don't ever see Johnson being a hockey player at any point in his career.
February 15, 2012 1:33 AM ET | Delete
February 15, 2012 1:33 AM ET | Delete
Bernier is a solid netminder, without a doubt, but I'm still not sure about him. Sutter absolutely has no confidence in him and I've personally always questioned his intensity. His calculated, positional style goaltending is fine for the general ebb and flow of the game, but when it really counts, I'm not sure he's going to be making "The Save".
February 15, 2012 1:34 AM ET | Delete
I just believe Nash > Richards, and Schenn/Simmonds/2nd >> Bernie/JJ/1st. This deal would be a failure on CBJ's part so I expect it to be completed by the end of the week. Can't wait!
February 15, 2012 1:37 AM ET | Delete
Haha took a few tries to get everything out. Thanks Gunner for the tip! The end of the first comment was meant to say I don't ever see him being a PLUS hockey player during his career. Stats don't lie!
February 15, 2012 2:21 AM ET | Delete
After Looking it up after I named ten Centers that have played with him. Andrew Cassels, Tyler Wright, Sillinger Knutsen. Were there his rookie year.
February 15, 2012 7:33 AM ET | Delete
@JackWTFJohnson, It is going to be really tough for Columbus to max out their return given that Nash has full veto power and only has a short list (under 5 teams apparently). If LA is on the list then that might be the best CBJ can do.
February 15, 2012 7:35 AM ET | Delete
@dadeadhead Ahh Tyler Wright, the one that got away! Knutsen actually had numbers comparative to Fedorov's stay in Columbus.
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