The Detroit Red Wings have been one of the names in the rumor mill regarding Rick Nash for a while now, ever since the Blue Jackets made it clear they wanted to trade him right before the trade deadline in the past NHL season. Judging by the latest rumors, though, even though Nash has Detroit as an "approved destination," the Blue Jackets don't.
As reported by several sources including Puck Daddy, the Red Wings put in a "hell of an offer" for Nash, but the Blue Jackets didn't bite, claiming that they didn't want to trade him in the division:
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 Jackets wouldn't want Nash playing against them six times in a year, but it's starting to look like there's never going to be an offer good enough for the Jackets to trade their star. The list of teams seems to be dwindling, and Nash may still be a Jacket come next season if it keeps going at the pace it has been.
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