Free Agent Frenzy Part VI: The Nick Rash edition (Fedotenko signs w/ Philly)
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07-06-2012, 06:16 AM
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As The Rash Turns episode #130
Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson hoped the first few days of free agency — specifically the signing of free-agent winger Zach Parise — would spur the marketplace toward more serious trade offers for the Columbus winger and team captain.
But Howson has maintained that he won’t trade Nash for less than “market value,” even if the saga drags well into July, even into August, and yes, even into the start of training camp in September.
Parise was signed by the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday, but as of late last night, Howson did not seem any closer to reaching a deal.
How many times can Howson misread the market? February trading deadline. Oh wait until the draft when more teams will be involved. Wait until July 1. Wait until Parise signs. Howson was hoping Parise would sign with Pittsburgh or Philly but Parise ended up in Minnesota. The lockout will be over in November and Nash will still be in Columbus.
The general tone from GMs around the NHL is that Howson is asking too high a price for a player he is being forced to trade. The Blue Jackets, who never scored enough goals even with Nash in the lineup, figure to struggle mightily once their franchise player is gone, so they’re hopeful of getting at least one NHL-ready forward in return.
The cap hit is high. The amount of money owed to Nash is high. A team would need to pick up some of the salary if they wanted a better return. That is not allowed in the NHL so the offers will be low. Sather got the Caps to pick up 40% of the Jagr salary and gave them Anson Carter. That's not allowed anymore but Sather won't give Howson his idea of "full" value and take on that contract. VAN has the same issue with Luongo.
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