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Rick Nash Trade Rumors: Despite Push From New York, Rick Nash Not Traded As Deadline Passes

Well, that was anticlimactic. After weeks of speculation, the trade deadline of 3 p.m. on Monday came and went but Rick Nash was not traded and will remain a Blue Jacket.

There were plenty of teams said to be in contention for Nash's services. The Los Angeles Kings were said to be interested early before they instead took Jeff Carter from Columbus. The San Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs both had deals on the table as well, and the New York Rangers were doing everything in their power to land him, but Columbus' asking price just seemed to always be just a bit too high for their superstar.

The Blue Jackets will probably try and trade Nash again during the summer, and unless they want to have a repeat of the long trading discussions from this deadline period they will lower their price for the star a bit.

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