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06-04-2012, 01:19 PM
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Rick Nash has bust written all over him



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A burning question with Nash – what kind of center does he need? – only became more compelling this season. Nash, never blessed with a playmaker to his side, still has plenty of “junior” in his game, meaning he tries to do the work himself. A defensive-minded center who likes to shoot (imagining Ryan Kesler) would seem ideal. … Seems hard to believe, but the Blue Jackets center with whom Nash seemed to mesh best was Manny Malhotra. … Nash used to take over 10-12 games per season, which is the sign of a bona fide star at the NHL level. He looked unstoppable some nights. In recent seasons, though, the number of “takeover” games has slid well into single-digits. Understandable, perhaps, but it’s been noticeable
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Nash seems to creep farther away from the net on the power play, too, playing more on the half-wall than down low, where he used to score most of his goals. Then again, that might be why he was healthy enough to play 82 games last season
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http://www.bluejacketsxtra.com/conte...card-nash.html

How much for this player? Swap multiple assets. The $7.8M takes up a significant portion of cap space. Stuck with him for next 6 years. Priceless.
A defensive-minded center is ideal for Nash? Great, I guess we could look forward to him playing with Boyle or something.

I said about a week ago that Nash is no longer a premier power forward, and the fact that he is playing more on the half-wall instead of close to the net on the PP supports my belief. I didn't want him at the deadline and I still don't want him now. Too risky and not worth it for the cap hit and the assets and depth we would have to give up.

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