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NHL Trade Rumors: Columbus Reportedly Will Not Trade Rick Nash To Red Wings

The Rick Nash trade scenario for the Columbus Blue Jackets has been going nowhere fast for months, with rumors swirling since way back before the NHL Trade Deadline during the season.

Supposedly the list of teams interested in trading for Nash had been narrowed down a while ago, and teams have been throwing out offers. One of the best has reportedly come in from the Detroit Red Wings, but according to Puck Daddy the Blue Jackets were anything but interested despite it being 'a hell of an offer':

Both Ansur Khan of and Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily heard from a source that the Red Wings made "a hell of an offer" for Nash. Columbus GM Scott Howson had previously indicated that the price for Nash would have include multiple NHL forwards.

Despite having those resources to ante up, Khan reports that the negotiation went nowhere with the Blue Jackets, who apparently aren't keen about Nash making them feel miserable on a regular basis as a division rival.

It makes sense that the Blue Jackets wouldn't want to trade Nash within the division, but if they're turning down huge offers from a team with as much talent to unload as the Red Wings, who can provide enough in a trade to convince the Jackets to finally pull the trigger?

If they keep upping the ante for what they'll accept in a trade for Nash, they might just end up keeping their star player around. The list of teams that are willing to pick him up will keep dwindling the longer it takes.

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