Earlier this week, it was reported that the Detroit Red Wings had inquired about Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash. A deal was viewed as unlikely given the fact that the Red Wings and Blue Jackets are in the same division, so not a whole lot was made of the news.
On Sunday, with the Nash trade rumors starting to swirl again, the Red Wings have come up in multiple reports. First, TSN's Darren Dreger tweeted that the Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes are "in a strong competition" with the New York Rangers for Nash. The Hurricanes are "pushing hard," according to Dreger, but there isn't anything imminent.
A big reason why nothing may be imminent is because the Blue Jackets are still asking for way too much. Evidence of this comes from a report from the New York Post's Larry Brooks.
Another day another attempt by Howson to prod NYR into doing something they wont do. Not trading Kreider, Stepan or McDonagh. Waste of time— Larry Brooks(@NYP_Brooksie) July 1, 2012
Brooks also reports that the Red Wings have made an offer to trade for Nash, but it isn't competitive. The thinking has been that the Red Wings would really have to give up a lot to make a trade for Nash in the division happen, and considering how much Columbus wants in general, that especially seems true. The Red Wings' offer may not be competitive, but that likely just means that it is a responsible offer.
MLive's Ansar Khan reports that although discussions have taken place between the Red Wings and Blue Jackets about Nash, Detroit feels the asking price is too high. That has been the theme of trade rumors involving Nash ever since the deadline during the season. Columbus just wants too much, and considering what the Red Wings would likely have to give up, a deal doesn't seem to be worth making right now.