NHL Trade Deadline 2012: 15 Trades, None Involving Rick Nash

All the trades, news and speculation and analysis surrounding the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline, which came and went at 3 p.m. ET Monday.

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By Calling Out Rick Nash, Scott Howson May Have Written Own Ticket Out Of Columbus

Scott Howson did himself no favors Monday when he called out his star player, announcing that it was Rick Nash who had requested a trade away from the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Rick Nash Requested Trade From Columbus Blue Jackets, According To Scott Howson

Rick Nash didn't leave the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline, but in general manager Scott Howson's address about an hour past the 3 p.m. ET deadline on Monday, he dropped a bombshell: Nash requested the trade.

Howson didn't reveal this in an answer to a question during the press conference. He said it as part of his own remarks, a detail that should not be ignored. In coming out and calculating such an announcement -- an announcement that was completely counter to the conventional wisdom surrounding the entire Rick Nash trade speculation at this deadline -- he's clearly shifting the focus back on his star player.

Now, as Nash continues the rest of the season with the Blue Jackets, he'll have to answer questions about wanting out. Howson, meanwhile, can defend his stance of refusing to trade his star player without getting the proper return for him. The general manager mentioned several times that the asking price was extremely high for Nash, adding that it "had to be high."

Nash might still be a Blue Jacket, but it doesn't appear as though he'll still be in Columbus come October.

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Cody Hodgson Traded To Buffalo Sabres For Zack Kassian

The Canucks got bigger on Monday, acquiring Zack Kassian from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Cody Hodgson and Alex Sulzer. Marc-Andre Gragnani is also Vancouver-bound.

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Johnny Oduya Traded To Chicago Blackhawks For Two Picks

Johnny Oduya has been traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for two Winnipeg Jets draft picks.

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Edmonton Oilers Trade Tom Gilbert To Minnesota Wild For Nick Schultz

The Oilers and Wild pulled off a swap of defensemen on NHL Trade Deadline day, trading Tom Gilbert to Nick Schultz.

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Rick Nash Trade Rumors: Nashville Predators Interested, But Does That Make Sense?

Suddenly on Sunday afternoon, just a day before the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline, the Nashville Predators popped up as a potential trade destination for Columbus Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash. The Predators certainly are interested in the forward, but a deal doesn't make sense for a lot of reasons.

For starters, Nash holds a no-movement clause and has to approve any trade. He's reportedly given Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson a list of teams to which he'd accept a trade, and there's a strong possibility that Nashville is not on that list. Besides, if Howson were to send Nash to a team in the division, he'd have to face him head-to-head six times a season. That doesn't seem like a smart move.

The Predators are adamant that they're on healthy financial footing and that they're willing to spend in order to win the Stanley Cup. By holding on to defensemen Ryan Suter and Shea Weber, and by acquiring Hal Gill and Andrei Kostistyn ahead of the deadline, the commitment to winning this season is tangible. But even for a team that spends to the salary cap, adding Nash's $7.8 million salary might not be a wise move.

That's just another reason why a Nash trade to Nashville doesn't make all that sense. (But on the flip side, think of the NASHville puns we're missing out on. Shame.)

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Montreal Canadiens Trade Andrei Kostitsyn To Nashville Predators

Andrei Kostitsyn will be reunited with his brother. The Nashville Predators acquired the forward from the Montreal Canadiens on NHL Trade Deadline day, sending two draft picks back in return.

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NHL Trade Deadline 2012: Nicklas Backstrom Placed On LTIR By Washington Capitals To Free Up Cap Space

Nicklas Backstrom hasn't played a game since the beginning of 2012, and it's not a coincidence that the Washington Capitals waited until the morning of the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline to place the center on long-term injured reserve.

By placing Backstrom on LTIR, the Caps are allowed to exceed the salary cap by his $6.7 million cap hit, thus freeing up space to potentially make a move before Monday's deadline. Should the Capitals make the postseason, Backstrom could return without general manager George McPhee clearing that space again, but he wouldn't be able to play in the regular season without the team having room for his cap hit.

The Capitals are in the thick of the Southeast Division race and are undoubtedly the most talented team in the mix there, but they've been inconsistent all season long. Perhaps McPhee believes a deadline deal will give them the necessary boost they need to get to the postseason yet again.

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Rick Nash Trade Rumors: New York Rangers Reportedly Drop Out Of Talks

It appears as though Rick Nash won't be a member of the New York Rangers, at least not at the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline. According to a report from ESPN New York, Glen Sather has made the determination that Scott Howson and the Columbus Blue Jackets are simply asking too much for the services of their captain, and he's not willing to pay up.

It has been widely reported that the Blue Jackets are asking for an NHL player, a top prospect and a first-round draft pick, and the Rangers have been at the forefront of the rumors and speculation that have surrounded the Nash sweepstakes for weeks. It seemed like they were willing to pay for Nash, and there's always the possibility that they're simply posturing less than 24 hours before the deadline in hopes that Howson could lower the asking price.

But that doesn't seem likely, and if the Rangers truly are not involved in the trade talks anymore, the chances grow that Howson could simply hold on to Nash at the deadline.

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NHL Trade Rumors: Cory Schneider, Jonathan Bernier, Other Young Goalies Likely Staying Put At Deadline

If the Columbus Blue Jackets are to trade Rick Nash at the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline, it makes sense that they'd attempt to fill their biggest need in the process. They do not have a goaltender and they could really use one. Hey, there are teams in the NHL that have young, capable backup goaltenders that Columbus would love.

Cory Schneider in Vancouver and Jonathan Bernier in Los Angeles top the list, but Anders Lindback in Nashville and Tuukka Rask in Boston are also some of the young goaltenders who have a lot of promise and could flourish if given a starting job in Columbus. According to the Columbus Dispatch, however, it doesn't look as though any of those players could move at the deadline -- to the Blue Jackets or any other team.

Few clubs have two goaltenders who could be considered NHL starters - Boston, Nashville, Vancouver and, maybe, Los Angeles. If those teams are even willing to listen to offers, the asking price could be astronomical.

"It's a tough market right now," one NHL source told The Dispatch. "If you want one of those guys, you have to pay the ransom."

For these teams, it makes sense that they'd be uncomfortable with a trade of a highly-touted goaltender at the deadline. In Boston's case, it seems silly entertaining the notion that Rask could be available considering Tim Thomas' age and the fact that Rask could certainly be the goalie of their future. Each of these teams are deep in the playoff mix as well, and while these are backup goaltenders we're talking about here, having that insurance in case of injury is always a smart proposition heading into the postseason.

It seems as though a Rick Nash trade in the summer makes more sense than it does right now at the deadline, simply because the market will open up so much more and Scott Howson might be able to get that goaltender he so desperately needs. That doesn't mean the Rangers or some other team won't blow him away with an offer he can't refuse before Monday at 3 p.m., however.

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Rick Nash Trade Rumors: New York Rangers Still Top Contender For Blue Jackets Captain

We're just about 48 hours ahead of the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline now, and the Rick Nash trade rumors are picking up even more steam. Yes, the New York Rangers are the front-runners. Still.

Glen Sather's trade of Wojtek Wolski on Saturday afternoon freed up approximately $3.8 million in cap space for the Rangers, which could give them the necessary wiggle room to take on Nash's $7.8 million cap hit, depending on exactly what would be going back to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a potential deal.

That's the point of concern for Rangers fans. One report claimed that prospect Tim Erixon, a first-round pick and one of either Ryan McDonagh or Michael Del Zotto could be the deal for Nash, which would fall in line with Scott Howson's reported asking price for his franchise player.

But that seems like a curious deal from the Rangers perspective, considering the strength and depth of their defense has been perhaps their most impressive quality of their ascent to the top of the Eastern Conference this season. Losing one of two young defensemen who have been vital parts of that success and are clear parts of the future of the Rangers blueline would be an extremely high price to pay. Throw in the organization's best defensive prospect in Erixon and the potential deal makes you even more curious.

That doesn't mean a trade of Erixon doesn't make sense at all. It's a high price to pay, but anybody attempting to acquire Nash is going to pay for him, and considering the Maple Leafs and Sharks are also interested in Nash's services, the Rangers have to be the high bidder here. With prospect Chris Kreider reportedly off the table, Erixon might just have to be part of a deal if Sather wants to get it done.

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Dustin Brown Trade Rumors: Kings Willing To Part With Captain At Deadline

Suddenly, in the wake of the Jeff Carter trade completed by the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday evening, the rumor mill has suddenly shifted away from Carter's former team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, right to his new one. Captain Dustin Brown is on the trade block, and naturally, a lot of teams are interested.

That's quite the list of teams. It makes sense, though. Not only is Brown a versatile forward with leadership qualities who knows how to get the puck in the back of the net, he's on a really friendly contract -- much more friendly than that of other huge trade piece Rick Nash.

Let's compare: Brown has just two years left on his deal at $3.175 million per year, while in acquiring Nash, a team would be taking on a $7.8 million cap hit until the summer of 2018. Nash also has a no-movement clause while Brown does not, which throws a huge wrench into any potential deal.

Kings blog Jewels From The Crown asked what the team should ask for in return for Brown, but no matter what Dean Lombardi would ask in return, it's certainly less than what Scott Howson is asking for Nash in Columbus.

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NHL Trade Deadline Rumors: Jeff Carter May Be Traded To Los Angeles Kings

The Kings and Blue Jackets may be nearing a deal that would send center Jeff Carter to Los Angeles in exchange for Jack Johnson and a first-round draft pick. The trade has not been completed, but is at the "heavy rumor" stage and may be imminent, according to a report on Thursday night.

For the details, here's a string of tweets from Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times:

Carter had been on the market with the trade deadline approaching, but talks appear to have heated up as teams try to wheel and deal before the window closes. The price for Carter is a stiff one, however, if the rumored return is as Elliot suggests.

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NHL Trade Deadline 2012: Western Conference Contenders Looking For Extra Depth

At the NHL trade deadline, several strong contenders in the Western Conference may look to pick off depth pieces from the West's many also-rans.

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Rick Nash Trade Rumors: San Jose Sharks Involved In Talks With The Blue Jackets

Add another team to the Rick Nash trade discussions. The San Jose Sharks are interested in the Columbus Blue Jackets captain and, according to TSN, they're expected to stay interested until Monday's trade deadline. Via Darren Dreger:

The San Jose Sharks are emerging as a strong contender for Rick Nash. Sources say Columbus initially targeted Logan Couture, but was quickly told that was a non-starter. But, make no mistake, San Jose will stay in the mix until Monday's deadline.

It makes sense that Doug Wilson isn't willing to give up Couture, just as it makes sense that Scott Howson would go after Couture, a Calder Trophy candidate just a year ago.

Dreger reports that the Sharks would prefer an offseason deal, which also makes sense to a certain extent for Howson and the Blue Jackets considering the market in general could have more of an appetite for Nash in the summer. Wilson is still interested, however, and the temptation of Nash on a line with Joe Thornton in the upcoming playoffs could be too much to resist.

If a trade happens though, Sharks blog Fear The Fin doesn't want to see Joe Pavelski go the other way.

In essence, he's a player who gives you immense value in all three situations-- even strength, power play, penalty kill-- and has a game that transitions extremely well into the postseason when quality of competition picks up and teams begin to throw numerous looks your way. There's nothing here not to like, too much here not to love, and his affordable contract (right there with Marc-Edouard Vlasic's for best on the team) is something that magnifies that ten fold.

Nash doesn't get you that bang for the buck even if he's a more talented player than Pavelski.

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Rick Nash Trade At Deadline Makes No Sense For Scott Howson, Columbus Blue Jackets

Scott Howson has a whole lot on the line right now, both in his career and when it comes to the future of the Columbus Blue Jackets. That's why he's listening to trade offers for Rick Nash, but it might be wise to wait until summer before making a move.

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Rick Nash Trade Rumors: Rangers, Kings Among Those Most Interested

The Rick Nash trade talks are getting more interesting with each passing day, but that doesn't mean we're any closer to a resolution or a completed trade for the Columbus Blue Jackets captain. General manager Scott Howson continues to listen to potential suitors for Nash's services, but it's still evident that he's not going to ship off his franchise player without getting a ton of value in return.

So far, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie, two teams are making strong runs at Nash. Here's what McKenzie had to say on television Thursday night regarding one of those teams.

Two strong suitors have very much emerged for Rick Nash, and that would start with the Los Angeles Kings. Here's an organization that desperately needs goal scoring from the wings and Rick Nash would provide that. They've gotta be the most interested team, the highest motivated team, they've gotta get goal scoring. They have big chips to play. Jonathan Bernier the net minder, defenseman Jack Johnson. No one will work harder to make this deal happen.

The other team making a hard push are the New York Rangers, but McKenzie reports that Michael Del Zotto is just one of the pieces Howson and the Blue Jackets would like in return. It's understandable that the Rangers might not want to move around pieces of their roster, which currently sits well ahead of the Boston Bruins for first place in the Eastern Conference standings. Howson would also ask for several prospects, including Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller and Tim Erixon. Glen Sather and the Rangers have the assets, but it's unknown how much they're willing to give up.

Toronto, San Jose, Vancouver, Philadelphia and St. Louis are also teams that have sniffed around, according to TSN, but it's unknown if they're as interested as the Kings and Rangers or if they have the assets and the ability to pull of a deal.

With so many teams involved, however, it's holding up other deals around the league. The Kings aren't going to move a guy like Jack Johnson without knowing what's going on with Rick Nash, and that's how you get grid lock. This was shaping up to be a quiet deadline season, but all the sudden, two trades have already been completed and it's looking like a ton of moves could come down to the wire on deadline day.

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Rick Nash Trade Rumors Could Save NHL Deadline Day

We thought the NHL trade deadline was going to be boring. Thanks to speculation surrounding Rick Nash, however, that's not looking to be the case at all.

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Rick Nash Trade Rumors: Should New York Rangers Go After Blue Jackets Captain?

An NHL trade deadline deal is apparently possible for Columbus Blue Jackets star Rick Nash, and as always, when a big name comes up as a potential trade piece, the New York Rangers are rumored to be in the mix. That's only more extreme this season, of course, considering the Rangers are the best team in the Eastern Conference and look poised for a deep playoff run.

Could Nash's presence help them? Certainly, but will it be worth giving up the ransom that CBJ general manager Scott Howson will demand? Here's Rangers blog Blueshirt Banter:

Nash is slated to make $7.8 million a year until 2018. That's a hefty contract, and one that would require some movements if the Rangers wanted to fit him under the cap (currently the Rangers have just over $1.5 million in cap space).

The salary can, incidentally, be shed in the trade itself, depending on what Columbus would actually want. If Brandon Dubinsky ($4.2 million) and Wojtek Wolski ($3.8 million) were involved, then the Rangers would free up $8 million in space, actually saving the team $200K in cap space.

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Obviously Wolski and Dubinsky alone wouldn't get the deal done. Some combination of Chris Kreider, Christian Thomas, Matt Zuccarello and other picks or players would need to be involved.

Would that be a fair deal? You almost have to think that Columbus would want even more than that for Nash, who has been their franchise player for more than a decade. "Other picks" likely translates to "a high draft pick" considering Howson absolutely doesn't have to sell Nash at this deadline. He'd be silly not to take offers, but unless he's absolutely blown away by one of those offers, there's zero reason to trade him at all.

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Rick Nash Trade Rumors: Blue Jackets Finally Place Star Forward On Market?

Is Rick Nash finally on the trade block? It appears that way, if you're to believe a report from RDS late Monday evening.

RDS doesn't exactly have the most stellar reputation when it comes to NHL trade rumors, but Lavoie is highly respected as a reporter -- certainly more respected than the outlet for which he writes. Then again, according to the sole reporter on the Columbus Blue Jackets' beat, general manager Scott Howson says the report is false:

But of course Howson says it's false. He's not going to say explicitly that the star player who's been committed to Columbus for his entire career is on the verge of being shipped out of town. Nash has a no-trade clause, so any potential deal is in his hands, but it's been reported in the past that Nash would consider a trade if he was approached about the possibility. Then, there's this:

Would trading Nash help the Blue Jackets long-term? That clearly depends on the return coming back in the other direction, and you'd have to assume Howson would ask a King's ransom for his star player. He'd likely get that ransom, too, from a team rich in young talent trying to make a run at a Stanley Cup this season.

Hey, even if a Rick Nash trade doesn't happen, at least this deadline talk is starting to get a bit intriguing.

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Will Zach Parise Be The Next Brad Richards ... Or The Next Ilya Kovalchuk?

With New Jersey Devils ownership in turmoil, pending free agent Zach Parise could be the next Brad Richards or Ilya Kovalchuk.

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NHL Trade Deadline Chatter Quiet, According To Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke

The NHL trade deadline is quickly approaching -- just 17 days until Feb. 26 -- but according to one general manager, things are quiet. Almost too quiet?

Not that there's anything necessarily wrong with waiting until closer to the deadline, mind you. We see that just about every year anyway, especially when there are 15-plus deals on deadline day.

Burke's point is well-taken, however. It does seem as though most teams are unsure of their status at this point, and that they can't decide whether or not they're going to be buyers or sellers at the deadline. It seems that there's a large chunk of teams that falls into that boat, and they're going to wait until the last minute to see if things shake out for them one way or another.

That's what happens when there's parity in the league, and that's why we see so many deals at the last possible second on deadline day.

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NHL Trade Deadline: Will The Depressed, Unruly Goalie Market Have Buyers?

The goaltender market approaching the NHL trade deadline always holds more promise than delivery. Will this year be any different?

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Zach Parise To The Minnesota Wild: Too Easy?

Zach Parise is really good at hockey. He doesn't have a contract next season, and the Minnesota Wild could use him. He's from Minnesota. This seems too obvious, doesn't it?

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NHL Trade Deadline The Next Big Hockey Event: Who Will Buy, Who Will Sell?

The NHL trade deadline is the next big event on the hockey calendar, and less than a month before the big day on Feb. 27, teams are still trying to decide if they'll be buyers or sellers.

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