Part of our role here on this blog is to attempt to provide perspective. We're not the best at recapping events, per se. At the close of trade deadline 2012, we know approximately this:
A. Nash was on the trading block; B. It was widely perceived that management had made the decision to trade him, as their most valuable asset; C. the CBJ maintained a very steep asking price for the face of the franchise; D. the offers from the teams on the list provided by Nash did not meet the price that was set, and E. Ultimately, management revealed that Nash asked for a trade back in January. Ugh.
Any general manager who sets about trading his only star sets himself up to be remembered for ever as "that bozo who traded _______ for only ______, _______, and _____________". The team of Howson and Patrick did not want to wear that mantle, and refused the watered down offers that did not meet their admittedly high price. The upshot of this is that you have 20 games left to play with a player you have apparently burned your bridges with. But have they?
|Rick Nash, after he was last on the ice at practice, body language says a lot.|
Nash didn't believe in what Scott Arniel was selling. Who can blame him? I don't think Arniel believed it in the end. It certainly wasn't going to work in the NHL. Strike for management. Every single veteran on this team under performed out of the gate this season. This was the core of players who were supposed to take us forward, deep into the playoffs, lead by Nash. Strike against Nash and the players. Management didn't properly vet the Jeff Carter situation. Strike against management. Management didn't deal with the goal tending. Strike against management. Players can't hit a pass to one another. Strike against players. Players can't hit an open net. Strike against the players. Etc. etc.
Bottom line, there is more than enough blame to go around for everyone, with a healthy dose of misfortune (when you have plan D in the goal early in the season, you know you are in deep trouble). Nash is within his rights if he wants to demand a trade to get out. He should appreciate how long management ate the criticism for looking at trading him. Nash is NOT within his rights to ask anyone for a change of management, as has been reported.. He is a member of the NHLPA, not part of the ownership. He can choose whether he likes it or not, but for cryin' out loud, the guy is making $7.8 million a year, and he doesn't like his boss??? Sorryyyy! Deal with it the way everyone else does, go out buy a beer, and complain to your buddies.
So, in the end, Nash is on the block. Management refuses to trade him for less than they perceive he is worth. And now both are in a lame duck scenario, waiting for the trade deadline. Based on his play to date in this season, some perceive him to be over-valued. It is in Nash's best interest to finish this year strong, he's having an audition. Too bad he couldn't have done that audition earlier in the year for the fans. So it goes.
The Kobayashi Maru scenario. The no-win.