Columbus trading Rick Nash: it’s complicated!


It’s expected that the Columbus Blue Jackets will trade their only true All-Star player and face of the franchise Rick Nash on or before the upcoming NHL Entry Draft on June 22nd.  Rumored trade discussions and speculated trading partners have been flying almost as quickly as trying to keep the hottest of DVDs on a Blockbuster ™store shelf.

And while some pundits and local observers believe this long-speculated trade of Nash is a forgone conclusion and will go down before the draft, I believe that doing so is a lot more complicated than that and I’ll explain why.

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Blackhawks trade John Scott to Rangers; acquire Oduya in separate deal from Jets


In a last second before the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline deal, the Blackhawks sent their main protector, defenseman John Scott to the New York Rangers. TSN reports the Blackhawks received a fifth-round pick in exchange for Scott. Getting rid of Scott leaves the Hawks without a true “enforcer” to retaliate against the hits that will be made against Hawks star forwards Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, and Patrick Kane.

It also negates deal made earlier in the day in terms of upgrading their defensemen depth.

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Columbus Blue Jackets Make Major Statement with Carter Acquisition


In my most recent article, I expressed the belief that a trade for Jeff Carter could be the very move that could save the Blue Jackets’ franchise.  On June 23rd, GM Scott Howson traded for the former Philadelphia Flyers sniper, offering in return Jakub Voracek and Columbus’ 1st and 3rd round picks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

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Minnesota Wild Trade Brent Burns To San Jose Sharks

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Burns, Pick Sent To Sharks For Setoguchi, Prospect, 1st Round Pick


The Minnesota Wild swung a blockbuster trade during round one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, trading All Star defenseman Brent Burns to the San Jose Sharks.  In return for Burns and a second round pick in next year’s draft, the Wild received winger Devin Setoguchi, prospect Charlie Coyle, and the 28th pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.  The Minnesota Wild then drafted center Zack Phillips with the 28th selection.  To find out why the Wild traded Burns, and how the deal affects the roster, find out after the jump.


Bryan Vickroy

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Five Players Likely to Be Moved at NHL Trading Deadline


The NHL’s Trade Deadline is just a little under two weeks away (February 28th, 3 P.M. EST).

There have already been four intriguing trades, to date:  Mike Fisher to the Nashville Predators for Nashville’s first round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and future considerations in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft; Michael Frolik to the Chicago Blackhawks in a five-player deal, to include Jack Skille; Francois Beauchamen returning to Anaheim in exchange for Joffrey Lupul, a prospect and a conditional pick; and Kris Versteeg to the Philadelphia Flyers for a pair of draft picks, one of which is a future first round pick. Add to that the ultra-tight races for the Stanley Cup playoffs, and you have the makings of a very interesting trade deadline season.

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NHL Trade Rumors Swirling, Especially in Columbus


Trade discussions around the NHL are heating up as teams move closer declaring themselves as “buyers” or “sellers”

And with the deadline looming, speculation arises with all the hockey pundits, including TSN’s Darren Dreger, who reported that the Blue Jackets could be on the verge of a major deal in yesterday’s version of ‘The Dreger Report‘.

Sources around the league consider the Columbus Blue Jackets to be among those most eager and perhaps, closest to making a significant deal.

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson doesn’t speak publicly about trade negotiations and won’t comment on speculation a few of his key players may be in play. However, Columbus goaltender Steve Mason (the 2009 NHL rookie of the year), young forward Jakub Voracek (selected seventh overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft) and 28-year-old defenseman Rusty Klesla – the Blue Jackets’ first ever draft pick (fourth overall in 2000) are believed to be drawing trade interest.

By Ed Cmar

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