Nash cost the New York Rangers a boat-load of young talent in the form of Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon and a first-round draft pick. The younger and arguably better Perry and Ryan could cost even more.
Before June's NHL Draft, the general consensus among league executives was that the Blue Jackets would demand either Seguin or Dougie Hamilton in any package for Nash, according to ESPN Boston.
Seguin led the Bruins in scoring and projects to be a far better player than Nash for the next decade, he is also a much cheaper option over the length of the six-year extension he recently signed. After 67 points in just his second season, compared to Nash's 59, Seguin is about as untouchable as an asset can be.
Hamilton, on the other hand, is Boston's top prospect and could be an elite offensive-defenseman down the road. After being drafted ninth overall in 2011, Hamilton put up a stellar 72 points in just 50 games for the OHL's Niagara Ice Dogs a year ago. He has refused to let up this season, once again leading the OHL with 29 points in 24 games.
Hamilton will be vital to Boston's future as their defensive corps would otherwise lack top young talent. A favorite to win the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year someday, Hamilton is significantly more valuable to the Bruins than Nash, Perry or Ryan could possibly be.
Other names floated in the rumors include Rask, Krejci and Lucic. Rask is no longer expendable in the wake of Thomas' unexpected sabbatical, leaving Krejci and Lucic as the Bruins top available assets.
Krejci could very well be dealt this season after a disappointing year. The Bruins current logjam at center leaves little room for the under-performing Krejci. However, despite the Bruins willingness to move Krejci, his market value is a major question mark.The same can be said for Lucic, who seemed to lose his edge last season.
It is unlikely that Krejci and Lucic could satisfy the outrageous demands of many GM's. As a result, the Bruins simply cannot afford the monumental cost of a top scorer, especially considering the lack of value offered in return.