Teams sending scouts to high school, college, minor and pro league games isn’t a big deal. But when an NHL teams sends scouts to another squad’s minor league affiliate amid trade speculations, it will cause some buzz.
So when the Columbus Blue Jackets sent an advisor to take in the Connecticut Whale game this past evening, eyebrows will no doubt raise.
If you’ve lived under a rock the past week, Jackets’ star Rick Nash has been placed on the trading block, and the Rangers are among the teams Nash has stated he’d waive his no-trade clause to be sent to.
Nash is an unquestionable talent, and has been since he entered the league about eight years ago. Analysts have said if the Blueshirts are able to acquire him, they could be thought of as the Cup favorite.
But his talents won’t come cheap, with rumors suggesting it could take Brandon Dubinsky, possibly Carl Hagelin, top-prospect Chris Kreider and a 1st-round pick to land the Canadian forward, who carries a cap-hit of $7.8 million through the 2017-18 season.
The price is just too high, especially when looking down the road, with players such as Michael Del Zotto, Derek Stepan, and Ryan McDonagh all due for raises either this year or next. This team has 14 regulation losses and it’s nearly March. Let’s see what they could in April, May and hopefully June, and keep the cap space for July.
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