As we move further into summer, not only will the days heat up but so will all the hot stove rumors of trades, free agent signings and potential blockbuster deals. With the 2012 NHL Draft next Friday, June 22, teams will begin to poke around, find out who's available for what price and hold organizational meetings to come up with a solid plan of attack for the draft and offseason.
One name sure to be used abundantly in discussions on how to improve a respective hockey team will include Rick Nash.
The 27-year-old captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who was nearly dealt at the trade deadline this past season, will almost certainly start the 2012-13 somewhere else.
Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch covers the team and has indicated in a recent article teams have begun to not only kick the tires, but have significant discussions about acquiring the sniper.
Here's an excerpt:
NHL sources have told The Dispatch that as many as seven teams have had “significant” trade conversations with Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson about Nash during the past 10 days and that a handful of other clubs — three or four, maybe more — have “kicked the tires” to see what a deal might cost them.
Most of the teams known to be expressing interest are the ones that expressed interest at the February trade deadline.
With a free agent pool thin after Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Alex Semin, teams will look to trades to upgrade their rosters.
Lets look at the five most likely destinations for Rick Nash next season.