I don't see why this hasn't been mentioned before. A trade send Bouwmeester to Columbus for Rick Nash. Now some fine tuning would be required since Nash is signed long-term and Bouw isn't, but the deal seems to make sense.
Columbus has a great young core of players that look to be poised and ready to step up and handle the load. Their defense however is suspect, and having less than great goaltending doesn't help their GA. Bouwmeester would immediately be their number 1 defenseman.
The Panthers are almost the opposite. Solid defense but nobody up front to score.
Both of these players are tremendous talents but haven't quite reached the level that everyone expects them too. Maybe a change of scenery for both guys could help them out.
CBJ doesn't touch this deal with a 10 foot pole. Nash is one of the top 5 PF in the league and J-Bo is one of the most over rated "number 1" defensemen in the NHL. Hell, if I'm Howson, I'd be calling about ballard before J-bo.
Anyone that thinks J-bo is an elite NHL defenseman needs to go back and watch his play in the WC last spring. He was easily Canada's worst defenseman; outplayed by 35yo Steve Staios.