Blue Jackets Trade Deadline 2012: Columbus Makes Moves, But Rick Nash Still With Team

The Columbus Blue Jackets have really only one thing they can do as the trade deadline approaches, and that's sell Rick Nash to the highest bidder.

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Rick Nash Trade Rumors: Forward Still On Trading Block; Jack Johnson 'Excited'

For those NHL fans that thought the trade talks surrounding Columbus Blue Jackets star forward Rick Nash were over because Jeff Carter was shipped to the Los Angeles Kings Thursday. Well, you have the wrong train of thought.

That's because according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, the Blue Jackets are still willing to listen to trade offers for Nash.

Meanwhile, Columbus' newly acquired defensemen Jack Johnson, who was a part of the Carter deal and is a native of Indianapolis and graduate of the University of Michigan, is excited about returning to the Midwest and a fan-friendly organization.

Portzline reported earlier that Johnson will wear jersey number seven.

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Jeff Carter Traded To Kings As Blue Jackets Acquire Jack Johnson, First-Round Pick

It wasn't the blockbuster that everyone was waiting for, but it isn't a shocker either. The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded center Jeff Carter to the Los Angeles Kings for defensemen Jack Johnson and a conditional first-round draft pick, reports Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch via Twitter. The trade is pending a medical examination that will be performed Friday.

Cater, who was acquired in June in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers, has tallied 15 goals, 11 assists in 39 games for the last-place Jackets. The Kings gain a much needed goal scorer, though, some fans were hoping that Columbus' Rick Nash, who's also on the trading block, was going to be the man headed West.

The Jackets acquire Johnson, who has played the last four seasons for the Kings after being the No. 3-overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. Last season, Johnson netted just five goals but dished out 37 apples and is considered one of the better young defenders in the league.

For more on the Columbus Blue Jackets, go to The Cannon. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NHL hub at SBNation.com/NHL.

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