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NHL Trade Rumors: Bruins Reportedly Drop Out Of Rick Nash Sweepstakes

There appears to be another casualty in the Rick Nash race. While the Columbus Blue Jackets have spent months trying to unload their star, other teams have been hesitant. Columbus has been asking high prices for Nash, and no team has offered them enough yet except for a giant deal proposed by the Detroit Red Wings, who were refused access in the end because the Jackets didn't want to trade Nash to a division rival.

Now, it looks like another team might be dropping out from Nash's 'approved' list, the Boston Bruins. According to an ESPN article from Wednesday, the asking price was just too much for the Bruins to pull the trigger:

This source also indicated that the Bruins, who are on a list of teams that Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash would approve a trade to, have dropped out of the sweepstakes for Nash. There have been reports that the asking price for Nash from the Bruins was any combination of Krejci, Lucic, Tyler Seguin and prized prospect Dougie Hamilton.

There have been similar problems in trade talks with the San Jose Sharks for Columbus, and it's starting to look like a deal may never get done for Nash at this rate. Come the 2013 season, they may still have their star on the roster despite their best efforts to let him go.

For more on the Columbus Blue Jackets and their ever-lasting saga to trade Rick Nash, head over to The Cannon. More news and analysis on the NHL as a whole can be found over at SB Nation's NHL hub.

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