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How: Trade Rick Nash
For: Alex Hemsky, Sam Gagner and two first-round picks
For Columbus, this season has become a nightmare before Thanksgiving (US). It snapped a 17-game winless streak against Nashville on Saturday night, but it appears to be going nowhere fast.
Making dramatic moves for Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski this summer haven't improved the organization, and it isn't making money as an organization, either.
Nash has been the consummate professional, never complaining about being an underappreciated superstar on a terrible team for years. It might be time for the Jackets to cut their losses—and his—and look to add depth to their roster in exchange for their best player.
A deal with Edmonton, a young team that could use Nash's ability and leadership, could bring over two good, young players in Hemsky and Gagner and a couple picks in the middle of the first round. Those picks, coupled with the Jackets' own top-five picks, is how a rebuild gets accelerated.
How: Trade Derick Brassard
For: Scott Clemmensen, Marcel Goc and a mid-round (third or fourth) pick
Clemmensen would provide the Jackets with a rental in net, thereby keeping Steve Mason out of the net and improving their chances of winning most nights. Goc would take a couple million off their books the next two years, but he would bring a forward pack in the deal.
For Florida, unloading Clemmensen would allow them to keep Markstrom in the NHL for good. Brassard is young and is already under contract for a couple more years.
Beyond these two deals, they should take any/all offers for Prospal while he's hot and Pahlsson while he's alive. Anyone that's going to be a free agent this summer should be considered available on this roster, because what Columbus has in place clearly isn't working.