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

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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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Reynoldsburg, OH

#2 Jan 12, 2011
Something needs to be done to improve this team.
To me the one constant is Rick Nash yea he may not played to everyones licking but you have to have kind of stablization.

United States

#3 Jan 12, 2011
Nash has always needed help. The other teams can focus on him because there really is no other threat offensively. No one on the team should be safe though and that includes Nash. We don't know his value because the CBJ has performed below expectations and no one can determine any of the players current market value. The team is at 500 pace with Nash? That is not exactly an MVP type resume. The team will perform at a mediocre pace for the rest of the year, get a middle of the road draft pick and Don Boyd will screw it up and next season will look an awful lot like this season. Get your passports ready to watch the Winnipeg Blue Jackets.

United States

#4 Jan 12, 2011
Mike try to sound like you have a man crush less in the next article please.
Fact: This team lacks heart,leadership,motivation and a gm willing to make a drastic trade to improve the team. What will happen if we keep Nash and Howsen for the next five year? How about 5 more years of disappointment, but dont worry though we have a ALL STAR on the team and thats all that matters.

Hilliard, OH

#5 Jan 12, 2011
Nash is a B+ at best hockey player who is a great supporting All-star but not an A+ player that you build a team around. Combine that with a lot of C players and kids and you get what we have now - a perennial looser!

The solution is to start all over including getting rid of Nash, getting rid of all the C- players we have, keep the kids with true potential, stock up on good draft picks to find that A player. Then ownership needs to actually spend money on few good veterans with true leadership, and have a plan they don't even need to come up with their own plan just copy Chicago.

This is what will happen either in Columbus or another city when the current ownership who obviously don't know what they are doing or don't care sell the team. The good news is the fan are making this closer to happening every home game by staying away.

Wellston, OH

#6 Jan 12, 2011
You said it yourself take away the C...I bet he plays better. Give it to someone who will lead. Nash does not want to lead. You can see the fear in his face.
still a fan

Chicago, IL

#7 Jan 12, 2011
Ok, he's a good hockey player, but ask the other members of the team. Is he a good role model off the ice? Perhaps that's where the problem lies. Perhaps his teammates have lost respect for him d/t his personal life. Trade Nash and see what happens. There's a reason he's the only constant and other changes haven't helped, and it goes deeper than what you see on the ice.
Just Sayin

Columbus, OH

#8 Jan 12, 2011
In my opinion, Nash needs to lose the captain status and it should be given to someone who deserves it, works hard for the team and takes it personal when they lose...RJ! I've said that for the last several years. Nash could care less if they win or lose, he's on the fence when it comes to game day. I agree he's had some pretty crappy non calls, but one man doesn't make a team. I don't see him getting upset with himself when they lose and as captain he should take that responsibility seriously. Being a captain means he has to be a motivator and by now he should realize that he's a horrible motivator...

Howson has lost his backbone too. He's afraid to make any serious trades or have a nice big fire sale because as the players stand right now the best we could get would be another bunch of C players with the lack and desire to play. He should have done this years ago when the players had some worth and were tradeable for another equal or maybe better player.

I'm afraid it might be too late now...

Mississauga, Canada

#9 Jan 12, 2011
Nash is one of the best in the game. How much value are you going to recieve in return unless you want to blow the team up and start all over
He was arguably Canda's best player in the Olympics. If he looks invisible at times, it's that he thrives on playing with other great players (at least one really good one would help)...The Jackets drafted very poorly since they got Nash while MacLean was still there.
There is no quick fix and they have turned the corner but they are struggling with the catch 22 of finishing too high in the standings to get a solid first rounder.
The team needs to spend money on the scouting staff to pick up gems in the lower draft rounds (the way the Wings have done for years)
Johnny D


#10 Jan 12, 2011
Fire Howson ! Save Nash !

New York, NY

#11 Jan 12, 2011
I'll admit I would move Nash for the right deal. That deal would have to involve an elite #1 center along the lines of Malkin. No doubt that Nash is a superstar player but elite centers are much more important and harder to come by than wingers. Sadly another wasted season has come. If not Nash then Howson needs to move the underperforming youth. Brassard, Voracek, and Russell should all be moved. I would throw Mason in their as well if he will help bring back the elusive #1 center or dman this team so desperately needs. Knowing Howson either doesn't have the stones for such a move or is seriously overvaluing his players I would expect another Clark/Chimera type move.
Typical mistake

Columbus, OH

#12 Jan 12, 2011
Too many GMs make it too. They automatically give their best player the C in order to "sell" him to the fans. Not everyone has the Nik Lidstrom gene. Giving Eric Lindros the C nearly ruined him and sent the Flyers into a nightmare spiral that they took years to climb out of. Take away his C, give it to Umberger or Clark or Klesla. Someone who always plays the same, and you want the players to emulate. Let Nash focus on just playing his game.

While you're at it, give Arniel some management classes so he can handle more than just one type of player. Maybe then he won't ham hand one of the most popular guys in the locker room...

As for a shakeup, toughness on the back end has been a problem. And there's a monster who has fallen out of favor in Ottawa. Chris Phillips. Paired with Klesla or Russel, he could be HUGE for us. The Jackets have fleeced the Sens in a trade before.

Time to do it again.

Columbus, OH

#13 Jan 12, 2011
still a fan wrote:
Ok, he's a good hockey player, but ask the other members of the team. Is he a good role model off the ice? Perhaps that's where the problem lies. Perhaps his teammates have lost respect for him d/t his personal life. Trade Nash and see what happens. There's a reason he's the only constant and other changes haven't helped, and it goes deeper than what you see on the ice.
I would say this is probably true for Commodore, but not Nash. I think Arniel saw that Commodore was well-liked and respected by the younger players but was NOT influencing them in a manner that a highly-paid veteran should. The team's ongoing financial issues have not been kept secret. To get rid of Nash at this point would be a financial catastrophe and the final demise of the franchise in this town. I'm stating this from a business point of view and not a fan point of view.

Nash needs 'A' help to be an 'A' player. This has been the problem all along. If you look at all of the teams at the top, their success isn't hinged on just one player. You've got the Sedins, St. Louis & Stamkos, Datsyuk & Zetterberg.
CBJ constant

Marion, OH

#14 Jan 12, 2011
@ still a fan
You couldn't ask for a better community member, role model, or "face of the franchise". There is NOTHING that indicates a problem off the ice with Rick Nash. If we had 24 other athletes of his character and dedication, we'd have quite a team.

To suggest there is even an inkling of problem with the character of our captain is ludicrous. Seriously.....

Columbus, OH

#16 Jan 12, 2011
The Professor is a genius and should take his time crafting his product. He should get as much time as he needs. Why the hurry when you can pay top dollar to watch his product grow. The 2015 will be a season to remember.
Fred H

United States

#17 Jan 12, 2011
The funniest part of all this crap is that if Nash wasn't wearing the "C" you would all say he was great. That's because he is Great "C" or no "C".
I've said it before and I'll say it again there are 29 other teams in the NHL and not one of them wouldn't want Rick Nash. The problem here is he doesn't have great talent around him he never has.
As for him in the locker room none of you know what goes on in there so just keep dreaming up crap if it makes you happy.
eric up north

Findlay, OH

#18 Jan 12, 2011
Dear Mike;

There are TWO constants: Rick Nash and Mediocrity. If you've changed everything else and the mediocrity persists, where do you think the problem might (not definitely, but might) lie? Nash is probably a very nice young man, obviously a gifted goal scorer, but he is obviously not the captain this team needs. When the coach says Nash is "turning into" the type of captain he wants, he is admitting he isn't currently the captain he needs. So why is Nash still the captain.(Saw a clip of one of our goalies, after being scored on by a fat, juicy rebound he had given up, that "those things happen." Really? That's the attitude that should be accepted in the locker room by a team captain of a consistently pathetic team? I'm sick-to-death (translated: sick of paying for season tickets) of that attitude, and getting rid of it starts with a captain who can change the culture.
Nash Rules

United States

#19 Jan 12, 2011
Nash is the only thing that can be respected in this organization. Too bad the GM and clueless scouts can't provide him with more than third/fourth line teammates.
Ben M

Bowling Green, OH

#20 Jan 12, 2011
Rick Nash hasn't been able to persuade anybody of substance to sign here Mike. No reason to think it will start now. Top 10 in the NHL hasn't gotten us a playoff win. Nothing and no one should be off the table, certainly not any players like Nash that actually have trade value on this team.

I'd rather have a winning organization, then we will have many more allstars than the three in ten years. If Nash must be sacrificed moving forward, so be it.

Orient, OH

#21 Jan 12, 2011
Atlanta trading Kovie is a poor parallel to trading Nash. In addition to trading Kovy, Atlanta went out this past summer and acquired a good chunk of the heart and soul guys of the Blackhawks that just won a Stanley Cup.

Trading Kovalchuk isn't what is helping the Thrashers right now and trading Nash isn't going to solve our woes either. We need more players that play with heart, just like Atlanta did. If we trade Nash for say Brad Richards, we'd still need to upgrade the supporting cast or we're still in the same situation we are now with a different all star at the helm.

Bothell, WA

#22 Jan 12, 2011
Give the C to Umberger...he is the leader of the team and is consistent with effort every night.

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