The Detroit Red Wings were unable to acquire Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets, but it wasn't for a lack of trying. Last week, it was reported that the Red Wings made one "hell of an offer" to Columbus in hopes of trading for Nash, but the Blue Jackets weren't interested in dealing him to a division rival. On Monday, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland confirmed that an offer was made.
#RedWings GM Ken Holland: "I talked to Scott Howson a number of times, we did make an offer for Rick Nash."— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 23, 2012
The story of the Red Wings' offseason has been coming up short on moves that would improve their roster. They whiffed on Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, and they even were unable to sign Sami Salo. They also failed to make something happen with Shea Weber, and it's possible they could strike out with Shane Doan as well.
A trade for Nash never seemed likely given the whole being in the same division as Columbus thing, but this is yet another move the Red Wings were unable to pull off. It's good that they are actively trying to improve, but it's getting frustrating that they haven't been able to actually complete anything major as of late.
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