NHL Trade Rumors – January 5, 2012.

The latest on Rick Nash, plus speculation on possible trade targets for the Red Wings and Lightning.


Nash hopes to remain a Blue Jacket.

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.


  1. As for Nash, the players ALWAYS profess their loyalty to the team. I can’t remember the last time a hockey player publicly ripped the team or management while still on the team. Yashin?

  2. @ JDBGiGC

    Sheldon Souray?

  3. I would like to see the Wings go after Tim Gleason, although he might be worth more than what the Wings are willing to give up. Ruutu makes sense, skilled euro that has a bit of grit that can play wing and/or center. Conklin hasnt played well this season but I think Holland will stick with him for the rest of the season. I wouldnt mind seeing him pickup another backup though because Howard has been playing a ton of games already this season and needs some rest to stay fresh for the playoffs.

  4. Kyle Turris.

    Why wouldn’t we take him at his word? If he says he wants to be there, then we should assume he wants to be there until he says or shows otherwise.

  5. What would Josh Harding cost us?

  6. @Helms Deep

    why would we want Gleason? We have Kindl/Commodore as our 6/7 and brendan smith to fill in if more then 2 guys get hurt. We are set on D, we need Ruutu for sure, a Euro top 6 power forward that goes to the net. He would be perfect for us but Gleason makes no sense unless Kindl is in the deal for both of them which seems odd. We could prob get Ruutu for a pick and a medium Prospect or a guy like Emmerton

  7. I really do think it was more Bolts scouting ‘Nucks. I think it would be a mistake for the Wild to move Harding. I take Nash at his word and have no reason to not, the team maybe foul but they have always shown him dedication. That being said though I think a lot of teams are going to be knocking at his door this year and giving offers in to see if they can pry him out and it might just happen if the package is good enough. I wouldn’t hold my breathe, but a few under achieving teams (LA, MTL) and a few teams who would just love to add him.

    I think an off the wall chance team that may seek his services, Washington.

    Braydon Holtby, Troy Brouwer Karl Alzner, COL 1st for Rick Nash, Marc Methot

    Then they flip Semin for a depth vet and a pick to make the cap space work. Caps add a powerhouse forward line while Jackets bring in a quality netminder, positive depth, great young defenseman, and a top 15 pick.

  8. the Wings will make a move before the deadline, but the major moves in hockey town will be in the off season, esp if Lidstrom hangs em up.

  9. I think Boston would love to have Nash
    but his salary and what we’d have to give up to get him is way too much.
    If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
    Boston would be wise to keep their high prospects(Hamilton,Spooner and that Russian sorry not sure how to spell his name)

  10. If Tampa is seeking goaltending I wonder if they may take a gamble on Ray Emery, either trying to pull him out via trade or maybe pick him up in the off season. Emery is showing once again he is back to the form that took the Senators to the cup finals years back, he is 9-2-2 on the season and looking like he wants more play time.

  11. Kings please go after Nash.

  12. Zetterberg and Hudler for Nash, Emmerton and a 2nd rounder for Ruutu