I'm blowing the whistle on this meme. Two minute minor. Go to the box. Jackets on the power play.
It might surprise some, but Columbus has a National Hockey League franchise - the equal of each of the other 29 teams. And this team is no more greedy than any of them. They just want to get what they feel that they need. While the Blue Jackets don't have the longevity (if not pedigree) of other National Hockey League franchises, it is a legitimate franchise with its own self-interest that must be respected.
The Blue Jackets were not "greedy" when the New York Rangers offered a last-ditch "massive" package for Nash. It wasn't what the Blue Jackets wanted, so the deal didn't get done.
By all accounts, the Blue Jackets has established a potential trade structure with the Rangers well in advance of the deadline, but the Rangers didn't bite. Were the Rangers not being greedy?
|The Blue Jackets had determined their threshold to|
trade Rick Nash. No team we willing to hit that level.
Yet the Blue Jackets are greedy? Right.
Same could be said for any other possible suitor for Nash. Presuming that they engaged the Blue Jackets in good faith, those other teams withdrew out of "greed" - or self-interest. They surely could have had Nash, but they passed.
Never mind that the Blue Jackets were under no contractual pressure to move Nash. Why would the team NOT maximize its self-interest and walk if they didn't get what they wanted?
I am not a fan of Scott Howson and am disappointed that (what I feel to be) a needed demolition of this roster didn't happen. I'm not thrilled that the team's emotional bridge with Rick Nash was burned by confronting him with the possibility of a trade...and then no trade was consummated. I worry about the lingering effect of the past couple weeks on the team and the locker room.
At the same time, I respect Howson, Craig Patrick and the Blue Jackets for sticking to their guns and not giving up the team's most meaningful asset for less than the team needed.