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Michael Arace commentary: Those who would trade Nash don't know his value | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 19 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jan 12, 2011, titled Michael Arace commentary: Those who would trade Nash don't know his value | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

In 10 seasons, the Blue Jackets have had three All-Stars: Espen Knutsen in 2002, Ray Whitney in 2003 and Rick Nash ever since.

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excuses again

Hopkinsville, KY

#1 Jan 12, 2011
One very clueless reporter. The article only makes more horrible excuses for losing and attempts to cover up Scott Howson's FAILURE. More pathetic excuses from reporters again

Hopkinsville, KY

#2 Jan 12, 2011
Captain Quit did indeed quit on his team last season. You are only attempting to cover up the failure of the Blue Jacket franchise. Worse yet, you are making excuses for a quitter. Got to start holding Nash and Howson accountable for FAILURE
pathetic all star

Hopkinsville, KY

#3 Jan 12, 2011
pathetic that the NHL allows a quitter to the all star game
Hoosier fan

Mishawaka, IN

#4 Jan 12, 2011
nash= no question best player on the team. he could be better if he would develop a "mean" side to him. Gordie howe ruled the roost in the motor city because he took no cheap shots or BS from the other team. Gordie would drop the gloves and the other guy paid the price. you earn your space on the ice and that ends the crap he puts up with now.

go jackets

Columbus, OH

#5 Jan 12, 2011
How the H E double hockey sticks can Arniel say that?? Where was Nash last night- this is getting so ridiculous. Nash couldn't carry Sid jock! Ovy and Stamkos make him look like a freaking Tier 2 peewee- give em a break people!

Hilmar, CA

#6 Jan 12, 2011
Get Nash some help around him and his star will shine bright

Since: Aug 10

Dublin, OH

#7 Jan 12, 2011
Arace- You have a right to your opinion just like everyone else has their rights.
But let's be honest. With Nash what are the CBJ? Probably on average the 24th best NHL team? How much worse could it be if he was traded (for the right package)? Maybe bad enough to get a top overall pick in the draft. Maybe bad enough to get the next Nash? maybe bad enough to get a true superstar like Crosby or AO (of that talent level). Continually changing things and ending up in 22nd-25th place does nothing.
Let's also be honest. Nash is a good player with great skills. If you run the tape side by side of how he played in the Olympics vs. how he plays in Cbus it's an obvious difference. Debate it, justify it, etc.
Further if you're going to load up the roster (and again be serios we can't call it reloading because we've never been loaded) now is the time to do it. Attendance sucks, so trading Nash wouldn't lower it that much (lot like it would drop from 18k to 12k, I mean what is the average now about 12k and 9k are STH?
Also how did Boston end up after trading Thorton? They seem to be doing ok. Far as I know he wasn't a malcontent.
Closest thing I can compare it to was the early 1990's Cowboys when Jerry and Jimmy took over. They looked over their roster and said "we're screwed". They ended up trading their franchise player (Hershel Walker) and most agree that led them to 3 World Championships. Right now the CBJ can't even dream of the Stanley Cup, they are just trying to stay close to the playoffs.
Again Nash is a good kid and glad he wants to be here. But with him we're not even an average team, so why not make the big change?

Pickerington, OH

#8 Jan 12, 2011
He's so valuable to this franchise that without him we'd be perennial cellar dwellers, and without Nash's amazing hockey skillz, this team would cough up first period two goal leads all the time.
You're right, we'd better hang on to this top ten forward, he's so incredibly irreplaceable. Trade him to Toronto, he'd fit in well with that franchise too.

Hopkinsville, KY

#9 Jan 12, 2011
another reporter making excuses for epic blue jacket franchise failure

Hopkinsville, KY

#10 Jan 12, 2011
attendance....only had 4000 people in the arena last night. that may be more than what was actually in the building

Reynoldsburg, OH

#11 Jan 12, 2011
20 wins and 23 losses is not level hockey. I wish we didn't have the extra points for making it to OT, it makes it that much harder to gain ground on your division opponents.

By far, most of those wins came at the start of the year. The losing needs to stop immediately in order to have a breath of a chance at the playoffs.

Maumee, OH

#12 Jan 12, 2011
Outside of Nash and Umberger, the rest of the team isn't worth keeping. Nash and B.J. are good enough to play for the Red Wings, the rest of the team isn't. It's time to start over in Columbus.

Howard, OH

#13 Jan 12, 2011
All you people are crazy. Nash has had no supporting cast since day one! You compare him to Cindy and OV and Stamkos, they have support on their lines and therefore are not getting double teamed, hooked, held, you name it. Nash goes through this game in and game out. He is a Rocket Richard winner and a 5 time allstar on a bad team. A few years back I remember Jeremy Roenick saying that he felt Nash was the best overall player in the league. Give him support and then we will all hear you saying how he is the best!

Hamilton, OH

#14 Jan 12, 2011
Mr. Arace I normally agree with your points of view and normally find your columns most entertaining, but you have this one wrong. I gave up my PSL and Season Tickets this year after nine years and a strike due mostly to Nash and the "country club atmosphere" he PERSONIFIES. I can not tell you how many nights I repeatedly sat in sections 104 and 105 and watched "Mr. All Star" skate around the blue line in his defensive zone while teammates battled for the puck in the corners waiting for a breakout pass. On the rare occasion he got the break out pass he would go down and hit the glass or net behind the goal net. The man could not finish a nocturnal emission let alone a break away. And I yelled that at him on many nights. Your colleagues have admitted in print that this team will never get better until Nash is the second best player on it because he lacks the ability to lead by example which hockey players admire most. The only times I have seen Nash go all out (and it is a rare occasion) and check is when an opposing player had already lit him up with a check. Ask the coaches and GM of the Canadian Olympic team why Mr. Nash was dropped from the first line to the third line in the last Olympic Games. I am finally glad you gave the "minority" a voice. The franchise could be saved by the two or three first rounders we would get in return for him. I hope others eyes are opened. Nash has all the potential in the world with that big framed body to be a monster like Holmstrom of the Red Wings in front of the net but we will never see that happen. I am sure Mr. McConnell will not allow a trade to happen. People will soon stop drinking the Kool Aid, stop attending games even more than they are now giving him the reason to sell them for a Hamilton Ontario franchise where Nash's local boy connections and long term contract will net McConnell a few extra million dollars. It is to bad, Nash has already cost the city a Hall of Fame Coach last year and will cost the city to lose it's only professional franchise in the near future.
Trade Him

Hilliard, OH

#15 Jan 12, 2011
His trade value is very high, everybody see's how he plays in the Olympics and International play when he doesn't have to be the leader or focal point, he's awesome. However in Columbus he wears the "C" and he isn't a captain. If the CBJ could get some actual top talent for him then pull the trigger and move on, if not then make a trade for an actual captain and let Nash go back to being himself. This team obviously needs a leader to wear the "C" and get in people's faces and motivate the team to play or deal with the consequences because right now it's obvious there isn't any and Hitch isn't around any more to blame.

Denver, CO

#16 Jan 12, 2011
I blame Nash for nothing.

But Jimmy Johnson traded his only viable asset, Herschel Walker, for players and lots of draft picks.

In doing so, he turned the Dallas Cowboys into Super Bowl champs.

Will Nash alone win anything in the post season? Obviously not. Now who (outside of Nash) can the CBJ trade (or package) that any other club wants? If we had anyone of value the CBJ would not be in this position

Toledo, OH

#17 Jan 12, 2011
But he's the captain of a team that lacks leadership. That's the problem. He's not demonstrative and when things start to get off track he sits there like a big dope.

Nash should have put draw the line with Adam Foote. Foote was disrespectful of the team and didn't deliver consistent effort. Nash could have taken a stand and tried to put Foote in line, but Nash doesn't have that kind of backbone.

When Noel called the team out for its fitness last year Nash was silent. There were players who took offense and made it known. As captain Nash either needed to step up and defend his coach or stand behind the players for solidarity's sake. He did neither. He too easily played Robin to Crosby's Batman in the Olympics. I was kind of embarassed for him.

Nash is a good player and a great guy. I don't dislike him at all, I just feel like he's the wrong guy for the CBJ. This team needs a leader. They need a guy to set the tone and establish the team's identity. I guess in a way he has, the team is too darned affable.

I really believe it's in the best interest of all parties if Nash is traded. As painful as it would be to see a nice guy sent packing, he's just not the guy this team needs. He deserves to play for a team that won't ask him to be something he is not and the CBJ deserve a guy who will keep guys in line.

Howard, OH

#18 Jan 12, 2011
Wow TKG how did you get the locker room pass to witness all this?

“The One, The True”

Since: Dec 09


#19 Jan 12, 2011
Mike wrote:
Wow TKG how did you get the locker room pass to witness all this?
Forget the locker room, how many play off appearances does this team have?

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