Nothing is set in stone here. Still a bunch of posturing. Nash is "available immediately" for another 18 hours or whatever. Plenty of time to get a deal done. None of these experts say that the teams are way far off and breaking off a deal now is a common tactic when dealing with this sort of thing.
Any deal for Nash isn't going to take hours to hammer out, its been floated for a week plus at this point with Howson openly talking to teams, this is something that a team on the list can call and within 20 minutes the deal can be done. We are going to either see a team that really wants him show their true colors and pony up what Howson wants or he'll be moved at the draft most likely.
The die has been cast here, the writings on the wall, etc.
You realize Carter was the one the CBJ had to get rid of, right?
I don't see 1) Why we should keep a guy so grossly overpaid for what he gives us 2) Why we should keep a captain who has totally failed in such role and 3) Keep a player when we are starting another rebuild.
Also, his value will diminish in the off-season, IMO. The urgency will be totally lost from all teams and thus the odds of getting a great return have fallen.
All of this, however is predicated on if they can get fair return. If not, they should already public state he won't be traded because blah blah blah Whatever creative lie they can manage themselves to ponder up.
Either way, the ship has sailed for me on Nash. He's not a franchise player nor is he someone we should be restructuring the team around. The time to strike was now and I believe that Howson and Patrick have blown that opportunity to get a massive return for Nash.
Since Columbus doesn't have to move Nash because of his age or expiring contract they have the luxury of saying "no" and trying again later if necessary. You can't move him for a collection of players and prospects that project to be 2nd or 3rd liners or part of 2nd or 3rd defensive pairings. You need to get guys with real impact potential a few years down the road or this trade becomes a complete disaster for the franchise.
1) Doubt they are on the list but anyone looked at what Ottawa could offer for Nash? Cowen, Zibanejad, Lehner, 1st. They now have Anderson and Bishop under contract through next year making Lehner potentially available (Probably not but....). They have other pieces too.
2) Knowing the importance of Rick Nash (some of you might not want to believe it) that goes beyond the on-ice, do you think there is any truth that he told Rick (AND his camp) that he'll only move him for the right offer and it would have to be big. I think this is A) a complement to Rick and B) and smart move.
3) So what if the list doesn't expand in the Summer. That doesn't mean the other teams on the list were involved at deadline time. Maybe there are a few teams that simply weren't involved right now but could be at the draft and get higher value with more teams (on the list) bidding.
I'm baffled at this point but more interested to see where the rest of the team ends up - here, there, wherever. I don't think Nash is the only existing contract Niles is trying to move.