|Do the Blue Jackets HAVE to trade their captain?|
(Photo courtesy of Chris Blake)
Why does Rick Nash have to go? I mean, I know why he WANTS to go. I want to go as well, but I can't. I would love to get as far away from this catastrophe of a franchise as is fanatically possible. But I'm not moving my family and will be stuck with the Jackets despite the management and the subpar effort. Years of losing, broken or dissolved promises, and ridiculously erratic and aimless leadership would make me want to leave as a player. But why does he HAVE to go?
Back after the trade deadline, Craig Patrick said the best thing I have heard from management since I have been here. He basically said that we (CBJ) don't have to trade Rick. It was met with crazy looks by the talking heads on NBC Sports. One saying that Nash's agent would have something to say about that. Since then, there has been no mention of not trading him? Why? We aren't contractually obligated to move him. He is, however, contractually obligated to play.
Everything I know about Rick or have heard about Rick seems to say that he is a consummate professional. So Darren Dreger tweeting earlier today that "if something doesn't give, hard to imagine this ends well" is an insinuation that Rick Nash is not professional enough to honor the HUGE contract that he signed three years ago. Is that true? Aaron Portzline, CBJ beatwriter, doesn't seem to think so by commenting much earlier in the process that if anyone could put this situation behind him it is Rick Nash. So where is the idea that this doesn't end well coming from? Is it from Joe Resnick? Is he pumping information to the pundits and the analysts and saying to put it out that it is a foregone conclusion that Rick gets traded? Is this the way to turn the heat up on the CBJ and force action to a select number of teams? It is a stone that is rolling, and rolling hard. Why hasn't Patrick or Howson come back on in the media and said once again, "We don't have to trade Rick Nash" and gained back a little of the leverage that they should have had in the situation to begin with?
|How should Nash - and the Blue Jackets handle this whole situation|
going forward? (Photo courtesy of Chris Blake)
This going along with the media and not putting anything out there makes it appear that you are not in control. That the millions he made the past few years were not spendable and somehow he was egregiously wronged. The piece of paper that says he will play for the CBJ is the trump card. And I don't think that any self respecting business, or franchise, would let itself go along like this. Now no one is calling the Blue Jackets a self respecting franchise, but this is an opportunity. Not trading him could do a lot to finally give this franchise an identity.
I like Rick Nash … as a player and probably as a person (unless what he has put out there for years is a complete facade). I know why he wants traded. I just don't know why he HAS to be traded. Please, someone tell me the reason why.
Thank you for your time,
[Season Ticket Holder]
STH, you're onto something...the fact that nothing is forcing a trade. Other than the team's desire to
To be fair, there's also a very real player chemistry issue. Nash has said he wants out. Let's be 100% clear: In saying this, he has said that he does not want to be here. Now, we're asking him to play as an integral component of a team game? That's hard to pull off to everyone's (anyone's?) satisfaction both on the ice and in the locker room. Yet they somehow figured out a way for the last 20-ish games of the season, so perhaps this concern is overstated.
Then we have the team's perspective. They've tried mightily but haven't won a playoff game yet with Nash. He's a maturing talent, supposedly at the peak of his game - implication being that holding onto him would diminish his trade value on the NHL market. Also, you have to ask if all that money ($7.8MM cap hit) could be better spent elsewhere once you decide to
While I've got a lot on my mind regarding Nash, Howson and the whole situation, I'm not going to go much farther at this point. I'd like to hear what other fans think.