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Brandon Dubinsky, newest member of the Columbus Blue Jackets
For anyone familiar with Howson's initial demands, it was easy to assume that his return to earth would happen soon.
Playing with Brad Richards and/or Marion Gaborik, Nash could potentially have a break out season at the age of 28. However, the fact remains that Nash is first, and foremost, a goal scorer.
Howson had to understand that.
Based on the current level of franchise players, his was slightly outdated.
Some people were looking forward to a blockbuster, but Nash's overvaluation seemed to only fit with the public. General managers around the NHL seemed to have it right.
Nash is nothing more than an elite level goal scorer, while at the age of 28, he comes with a cap hit of $7.8 million, which is more than Pekke Rinne, Henrik Lundqvist, Zdeno Chara, Drew Doughty, Erik Karlsson, Anze Kopitar, Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jonathan Toews, Steven Stamkos and Zach Parise...
Get the idea?
Two potential top-six fowards (Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov), a potential top-four defenceman (Tim Erixon) and a first-round pick should be considered an even trade for Rick Nash.
Based on the current calibre of "franchise players" entering the league, Howson made the right decision in not only taking his time, but making sure he got value for his only star player.
Anything more would've been a dream, and it had to be squashed for a realistic deal to be made.