Rick Nash Trade Rumors: Philadelphia Flyers Should Not Pursue Nash

Mark FischerContributor IIFebruary 18, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 01:  Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets waits for a faceoff during the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on February 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Any time a player of Rick Nash's magnitude is placed on the trading block (as reported on Twitter by Renaud Lavoie of RDS), you can almost guarantee the Philadelphia Flyers will be among those interested.

A towering, gritty, skilled power forward, Nash fits the mold of a prototypical Flyer. But that doesn't necessarily mean that Paul Holmgren should make a pitch for the 27-year-old captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Flyers possess some gaping holes on their roster—the lack of consistent goaltending and presence of a true No. 1 defenseman stick out like a sore thumb.

Hate to break it to you, Flyers nation, but Nash, a left-winger, won't solve these problems.

Could one make the argument that the Flyers need more goalscoring? Yes and no. While a plethora of goalscoring is always welcomed, the Flyers already sit atop the NHL in goals scored, with an average of 3.30 goals/game.

Why make the investment on a guy who will command $7.8 million for the next six years, when in reality, he doesn't even fix any of Philly's problems? It would only poison their cap situation.

Oh, and the price for Rick Nash?

One could only presume that Columbus Blue Jackets' general manager, Scott Howson, would demand Brayden Schenn, James van Riemsdyk and a considerable amount of draft picks and/or another high level prospect in return for his franchise player.


Definitely a steep price to pay.

Parting with these assets would only dismantle the future.

Does Rick Nash fit in Philadelphia? Yes.

Does Rick Nash make sense in Philadelphia? No—the Flyers would be better off spending their expandable assets elsewhere, perhaps on a No. 1/2 defenseman because frankly, the additions of Nicklas Grossman and an aging Pavel Kubina simply will not cut it.