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Blue Jackets in search of a new captain.
It is completely understandable how Scott Howson, the GM of the Columbus Blue Jackets, is asking for a significant return in the trade for Rick Nash. You can't blame him, as Nash has been the face of the franchise and is the leading offensive threat.
In exchange, Howson is on point in allegedly wanting a pair of proven NHL-ready forwards along with a high draft pick and possibly an NHL ready-goalie. This is much to the chagrin of his fellow GMs who are holding out for the price to drop.
At this point in time, it appears that Nash will be back next season in a Union Blue uniform, minus the "C." The trade will still occur when the suitors are truly ready to make a significant offer at some point next season after the collective bargaining agreement has been worked out.
The Blue Jackets' next captain should be selected with the four aforementioned players in mind. In other words, if Rick Nash is going to be on the roster for the Jackets next season, then Prospal should be awarded the "C." This would help minimize the awkwardness of the whole situation with Nash, and he is more likely to thrive under Prospal's leadership than any other player who could potentially become the captain. Prospal's maturity and wisdom will play a big factor in keeping this team together, especially Nash.
However, if Nash is traded before the puck drops in October, then the Jackets could take a gamble on Wisniewski, Johnson or Umberger.
I would contend that Prospal ought to be the captain whether Nash is in Columbus or not. The team needs to award the "C" based on who has rightfully "earned it" rather than simply awarding it. Prospal could be the caretaker while all of this is being sorted out and keeping in mind that this is a marathon and not a sprint. The franchise needs to plan and act around long-term goals and successes rather than quick fixes and Band-Aid solutions
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