If teams were salivating at the opportunity to acquire Rick Nash at the trade deadline, one can only imagine how many more will be chomping at the bit come postseason.
The reason being that general managers will have much more time and flexibility once the offseason comes to make a deal of this caliber work.
The reality will set in however, that along with this super-star player comes a super-star salary. So the real question remains, which teams will be able to afford him?
And by signing his monster eight-year $62.4 million contract extension that took effect during the 2010-11 season, it seemed that Nash was there to stay.
Since that time something has obviously gone amiss.
On the one hand, (loyalties aside) Nash wants to win and am sure would like to have more postseason experience than the mere four games he has played in to date.
On the other hand, if General Manager, Scott Howson is going to part with Nash, then it is going to have to benefit the Columbus organization and not the other way around.
Lets face it, it sure doesn't look good that your team captain and face of your franchise so badly wants out.
So I think it is safe to say that Nash will not be playing in Columbus next year.
Lets take a look at the six teams that would still be willing to work this 27-year-old powerhouse of a goal scorer into their lineup.