Rick Nash: Would An Offer From Toronto Measure Up?
The Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs are said to be in the running for Nash’s services, along with the Philadelphia Flyers and San Jose Sharks.
The Sharks and Flyers seem to be getting the least amount of press in the Nash Rumors, while Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles and Toronto seem to be the most logical destinations—all things considered.
When evaluating what the Blue Jackets could potentially net in trading Nash one must consider Nash’s hefty $7.8 million salary which could potentially play havoc with any team Nash joins.
According to capgeek.com, the Vancouver Canucks will have $407,359 available at the deadline. The Los Angeles Kings will have $3,188,225, the Toronto Maple Leafs will have $5,998,352, while the New York Rangers come in at $6,959,621.
Based on cap space alone the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers look to be in a good position to add Nash’s salary. That said, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke also has to worry about re-signing two of the NHL’s top-ten scoring leaders in Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul—both of whom will be unrestricted free agents at the end of the 2012-13 season, both of whom will not come cheap.
Of course, Burke could send some salary the other way to help off-set Nash’s measurable contract, but we’ll get to that a little later.
The word on the street is that Columbus will be asking for a roster player, top prospect, and a first round draft pick—for starters.
That’s a huge price for a player that currently sits 55th overall in goal scoring (18) and a paltry 74th in points scored (39) this season.
Sure, Nash has the potential to be a perennial 40-goal, 80-point player, but when you consider how much you’d have to give up for him and the hefty $7.8 million price tag Nash carries, one wonders if acquiring Nash is really worth it?
So what will it take to get Nash?
Vancouver could offer the likes of goaltender Cory Schneider, forward Cody Hodgson and defenseman Christopher Tanev as well as a first round draft choice. The Rangers are said to be dangling forward Brandon Dubinsky, top prospect Chris Kreider and a first round draft pick. Los Angeles is said to be offering up goaltender Jonathan Bernier, defenseman Jack Johnson and a pick, while Toronto could put together a package that may include the likes of defenseman Luke Schenn, prospects Nazem Kadri or Joe Colborne, forward Nikolai Kulemin and draft picks.
When you look at all the potential deals the two that stand out are those from Los Angeles and Vancouver. Both deals include a goaltender that could potentially be a number one goalie and both offer up a good combination of players at every position.
With Columbus needing upgrades at every position they will be looking for a return that nets them a number of quality players or prospects that can give them a head start on their potential rebuild.
Put yourself in Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson’s shoes for a second—which deal would you take?
Toronto’s bid looks to include a questionable prospect in Nazem Kadri, a defenseman that has been a healthy scratch on a number of occasions this season in Luke Schenn and a forward that is having a career low in Nikolai Kulemin and a draft pick heading to Columbus, while the potential deals from Vancouver and Los Angeles appear to be infinitely better.
It really is no contest— Toronto’s deal simply does not make the cut. Not if Vancouver and Los Angeles are willing to give up what they are rumored to be offering. If this is the case Brian Burke simply does not have the top-end quality to offer up that Vancouver and Los Angeles does.
In fact, while the potential haul from the Rangers does not include a top goaltending prospect, the thought of adding forward Brandon Dubinsky, top prospect Chris Kreider and a first round draft pick must be very tempting for Howson and may be better than any offer Burke could dream up (without getting stupid).
The Rangers could also dangle the likes of young forward Derek Stepan or defenseman Michael del Zotto to sweeten the deal, depending on how desperate they are to land the likes of Nash.
At the end of the day, as much as the Leafs Nation would love to see Nash in the Blue and White, the odds are far from good.
What say you? What deal would you make if you were Scott Howson? How does Toronto’s potential offer stand up in your opinion?
Until next time,