The Columbus Blue Jackets are having a rough year, and will likely get the first overall pick in the 2012 NHL entry draft this coming offseason.
The team is dead last in the NHL by nine points, with a record of 18-35-7.
However, this is something the franchise is used to. Since joining the NHL in 2000, it has reached the post season once. That occurred in the 2008-09 season.
Their time in the playoffs didn't last very long, as they were swept in the first-round by the Detroit Red Wings.
The franchise has tried to rebuild on multiple occasions, but have had very little progress.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are in need of a big change, one that involves dealing the face of their franchise, Rick Nash.
He has been the center of attention throughout the days leading up to the trade deadline: Every second rumor seems to involve Rick Nash.
In order for a deal to get done, Nash will have to waive his limited no-trade clause. This means that general manager Scott Howson must ask for a list of teams that Nash would accept a trade to.
It is believed that the front runners on his list include the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers and the Los Angeles Kings.
It has also been speculated that the Toronto Maple Leafs may also be on his list.
Many fans around the NHL think that Rick Nash will be traded before the NHL trade deadline.
However, there is a high chance that Nash will not be dealt before February 27th.
The price to acquire Nash will be extremely high.
TSN Insider Bob Mackenzie believes that the asking price will include a first round draft pick, a roster player, and two elite prospects. A young goaltender may even be thrown into the deal.
The Philadelphia Flyers have recently acquired two defencemen in Nicklas Grossman and Pavel Kubina.
With these acquisitions, the Flyers wouldn't have much room to take on Nash's contract at $7.8 million per season until 2018.
Other teams on Nash's list may have to give up valuable pieces to their playoff run, which would be counteractive in the minds of NHL general managers.
Either way, to get a Nash deal done, it would take a lot of hard work—and a lot of risk as well.
The price at this time in the season is just way too high.
If Nash does not get dealt before the trade deadline, expect more teams to be interested during the offseason.
Many teams will be looking to add key pieces for the following year, and Rick Nash would suit the bill for many teams around the NHL.
In the meantime, Nash rumors will continue to swirl as the trade deadline gets closer and closer.