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08:29 AM ET 07.10 | Just how long will it take for Rick Nash to find a new home? It could continue to drag on deep into the summer, into training camp in September and even into the regular season. Or it could end with one phone call. ... One aspect revealed by Nash's list of "approved" destinations -- Boston, Detroit, the New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Jose -- is that he'd rather play for his country than in his country. Not one of Canada's seven NHL franchises made the list, including the club Nash grew up worshipping, the Toronto Maple Leafs. What does that say? "It says he wants to get away," said former NHL defenseman Brian Engblom, now an NBC analyst. "Every guy is different."

The Columbus Dispatch

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July 10, 2012  08:37 AM ET

This bothers me way more than it should. If this report is true, I think it honestly changes how I feel about seeing wear the Maple Leaf in international competition. It's an illogical feeling really, but I can't help thinking less of him now.

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July 10, 2012  08:53 AM ET

I tend to agree with Danny's assessment, except for the one glaring hole.

He has Detroit on the list. No sane person sees them as a contender this year, at least not as they are presently constructed.

July 10, 2012  08:56 AM ET

Rick isn't going anywhere soon.

The Jackets are going to keep him this season and see how the addition of a few players works. From there they will have a clearer assessment of what they need to do. When you trade any star you never get a star in return, just a few prospects who could or could't turn out to be stars.

July 10, 2012  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This bothers me way more than it should. If this report is true, I think it honestly changes how I feel about seeing wear the Maple Leaf in international competition. It's an illogical feeling really, but I can't help thinking less of him now.

I'm not even Canadian, and I agree with this completely. As Danny said, just come out and say you want to play for a contender. And if that be your wish fine, just don't try to gussy it up.

July 10, 2012  09:01 AM ET

I think more accurately, Nash only wants to play for a contender which isn't a hockey first (read: Canadian) market. If you're talking contenders, Vancouver as it's currently built should win a cup long before that mess in San Jose does. So why wouldn't the Canucks be on the list?

July 10, 2012  09:07 AM ET
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I think more accurately, Nash only wants to play for a contender which isn't a hockey first (read: Canadian) market. If you're talking contenders, Vancouver as it's currently built should win a cup long before that mess in San Jose does. So why wouldn't the Canucks be on the list?

He doesn't like swedish meatballs?

July 10, 2012  09:09 AM ET

gnashing of teeth unnecessary

July 10, 2012  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I think more accurately, Nash only wants to play for a contender which isn't a hockey first (read: Canadian) market. If you're talking contenders, Vancouver as it's currently built should win a cup long before that mess in San Jose does. So why wouldn't the Canucks be on the list?

Larry Robinson to the rescue...

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July 10, 2012  09:37 AM ET
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July 10, 2012  09:40 AM ET

It says volumes about his personality. That is exactly why I wouldn't want the guy. He doesn't want to be THE GUY on any club. By choosing American teams (where hockey is less of a focus) AND selecting deep teams, where he isn't depended upon to carry is all you need to know about this "superstar".

Forget about the patriotic spin, this guy is just a poser. He should be a perennial Hart Trophy candidate with his size and skill. Instead, he has been simply a good player with occasional flashes of brilliance.

He has buyer beware written all over him. You had better have a strong supporting cast and leaders ready to kick him in the behind when the going gets tough, or you might have a Canadian Semin on your hands.

July 10, 2012  09:41 AM ET

Given what Columbus wants in return, it's something that he won't have to worry about for a while.

They want to make up for about 5 years of horrendous drafting for 1 player. It isn't going to work. It's not even like they are looking for "equal talent" in return, they are trying to rob someone and no one is biting.

When I heard that they wanted Seguin, Hamilton, Rask and a 1st rounder, I knew they weren't serious about dealing Nash.

I wouldn't deal Seguin for Nash straight up.

July 10, 2012  09:41 AM ET
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, or you might have a Canadian Semin on your hands.

cue the joke lines from yesterday!

July 10, 2012  09:42 AM ET

San Jose??? Really?

July 10, 2012  09:43 AM ET
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It says volumes about his personality. That is exactly why I wouldn't want the guy. He doesn't want to be THE GUY on any club. By choosing American teams (where hockey is less of a focus) AND selecting deep teams, where he isn't depended upon to carry is all you need to know about this "superstar".Forget about the patriotic spin, this guy is just a poser. He should be a perennial Hart Trophy candidate with his size and skill. Instead, he has been simply a good player with occasional flashes of brilliance. He has buyer beware written all over him. You had better have a strong supporting cast and leaders ready to kick him in the behind when the going gets tough, or you might have a Canadian Semin on your hands.

It's very clear that Nash isn't a leader and doesn't want to be a leader. He just wants to play a role on a team.

No player like that is worth blowing up a team to get.

July 10, 2012  09:46 AM ET
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It says volumes about his personality. That is exactly why I wouldn't want the guy. He doesn't want to be THE GUY on any club. By choosing American teams (where hockey is less of a focus) AND selecting deep teams, where he isn't depended upon to carry is all you need to know about this "superstar".Forget about the patriotic spin, this guy is just a poser. He should be a perennial Hart Trophy candidate with his size and skill. Instead, he has been simply a good player with occasional flashes of brilliance. He has buyer beware written all over him. You had better have a strong supporting cast and leaders ready to kick him in the behind when the going gets tough, or you might have a Canadian Semin on your hands.

now the serious answer:
I agree with most of this, albeit somewhat qualified. let's face it, he's been on a schlub team his whole career, and it is hard to see what he can truly do when there are good players around him. He has "the goods on paper" to be sure, but as I recall, he was pretty good in The Olympics on a team with the best of his homeland. A real NHL team muight be a help, or it could expose him. Depending on the asking price, he might be worth a shot. As a NYR fan, I give up Dubie, a pick and maybe something else *(another 2nd rounder?)

July 10, 2012  09:47 AM ET

He can drop Philly from that list. We don't need him and certainly aren't giving up what Columbus would want in a trade. I mean, after getting Bob, what else could they want from us?

July 10, 2012  09:50 AM ET
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now the serious answer:I agree with most of this, albeit somewhat qualified. let's face it, he's been on a schlub team his whole career, and it is hard to see what he can truly do when there are good players around him. He has "the goods on paper" to be sure, but as I recall, he was pretty good in The Olympics on a team with the best of his homeland. A real NHL team muight be a help, or it could expose him. Depending on the asking price, he might be worth a shot. As a NYR fan, I give up Dubie, a pick and maybe something else *(another 2nd rounder?)

His production has been steadily declining over the last few years though. Not a good sign.

 
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