The latest on Rick Nash, plus speculation on possible trade targets for the Red Wings and Lightning.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline reports Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash, speaking about a hypothetical situation where management approached him about waiving his “no-movement” clause”, appeared to suggest he’d do so if the team no longer wanted him. That being said, however, Nash reiterated that his loyalty to the Blue Jackets hasn’t wavered, and prefers to remain with the club.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At no time in that interview did Nash say he wanted out,nor does it appear he’s angling for management to ask him to accept a trade. Folks should be careful not to read too much into Nash’s comments about waiving his NMC. Obviously, he doesn’t want to be seen as the bad guy here, but at the same time, he remains insistent he wants to stay and help the Jackets build into a playoff team.
DETROIT NEWS: Ted Kulfan speculated on possible trade targets for the Red Wings by the trade deadline, listing Carolina’s Tuomto Ruutu, Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky, Carolina’s Bryan Allen or NY Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interestingly, Washington’s Alexander Semin wasn’t on that list. Anyway, I think Ruutu would be the best fit for the Wings. As for Nabokov, I don’t expect he’ll be available until perhaps closer to the deadline, and then only if Al Montoya and/or Rick DiPietro are back in the Isles lineup. Allen could probably be a cheap acquisition for the Wings, or anyone else.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russu reports Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman observed last night’s Minnesota Wild-Vancouver Canucks game, leading Russo to speculate he might have interest in Wild backup Josh Harding. Russo also noted Yzerman needs defensemen and the Wild have nine.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yzerman also could’ve been there to scout the Canucks, whom the Lightning will play on January 10th.