The biggest move the Blue Jackets made this trade deadline may have been the one they didn't make.
Ever since captain Rick Nash was made available a few weeks ago, the biggest question was: Who was on his short list of teams that he would be willing to waive his no-movement clause for?
Several teams were mentioned, including the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks, but it was later revealed that the Jackets spoke with every NHL club about possibly acquiring Nash.
The Jackets were asking for a lot in return for Nash, wanting an immediate-impact player, at least two top prospects and a first-round draft pick.
The asking price for Nash was a big reason the list of teams pursuing him at the deadline was so slim, as teams were not looking to rip apart their rosters to acquire Nash.
Coming up on the deadline, some general managers in the past have lowered their asking price, desperate to make a deal before 3 p.m.
However, Jackets general manager Scott Howson did no such thing, refusing to lower his asking price.
This was a smart move by Howson, as he would be giving up a consistent 40-goal scorer for the hope that the prospects and picks he gets in return pan out.
The Jackets have had plenty of failed prospects in the past (Nikolay Zherdev and Nikita Filatov come to mind) and want the best in return for the face of the franchise.
Nash not being traded only delays the inevitable, however, as the chances of him staying in Columbus are slim to none, and Howson will most likely look to deal him before or during the upcoming entry draft.
Several teams who spoke with Howson told him that they would be more willing to give the Jackets what they want in return if the deal were to occur in the offseason.
By not lowering his asking price for Nash, the Jackets may get the return they've been looking for in the offseason, possibly bringing rescue to the Jackets' biggest issue, their goaltending.
However, there are some negatives to not trading Nash at the deadline. In a press conference after the deadline had passed, Howson made it known that Nash was the one that came to management and asked to be traded.
The way that Howson threw Nash under the bus shows that he is clearly not handling this situation well, which could spell the end of his time in Columbus.
Nash would later state in a press conference, according to The Columbus Dispatch, that he requested the trade because he felt he could bring back some key assets when he found out that the team was going to rebuild.
"I was informed by management that there was a rebuild, a reshape, of the team, and I personally felt I could be a huge part of that, toward bringing assets in," he said. "I think that was in my view, that was the best thing for the team, the organization, and personally for my career."
Nash has been silent through the many rebuilds the Jackets have attempted and deserves to be on a winner.
The Jackets may get what they asked for in return for Nash in the offseason, but they are not handling trading the face of the franchise well.