Nash’s pick six does not include Leafs

- July 10th, 2012

The Maple Leafs aren’t on Rick Nash’s list of preferred destinations, a fact they share with the other six Canadian NHL teams.
The Columbus Dispatch revealed that Nash has six teams to which he would be willing to be traded – the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks.
It’s hard to say why Nash, born and raised in Brampton, would want to be part of the Leafs at this point anyway. Toronto is the lone club in the NHL not to make the playoffs since the 2004-05 lockout and there is no guarantee the Leafs will make a return to the post-season in 2013.
Nash might not like the microscope of playing for a Canadian team, but the glare of the spotlight can be fairly harsh in most of the places on his list.
As it stands, the Leafs don’t have the organizational depth to make a proper offer for Nash, especially since general manager Brian Burke has no interest in trading defenceman Jake Gardiner.
If it’s true that Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson wants two players, two prospects and a first-round pick for Nash, he could be waiting a while this summer to get something done. Nash has scored at least 30 goals in each of the past five seasons but has played in just four NHL playoff games in his career.
The Leafs, would they have been able to get Nash, would have needed more than just a goal-scoring winger to put them into true playoff contention.

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2 comments

  1. RICK AKIN says:

    Leafs need to be careful if they try to trade their way to improvement. That nice collection of prospects will have to offer up a couple of bodies in any trade of significance. Who knows whether Colborne, Kadri, Holtzer, Blacker, Rielly, Finn, or others will become decent, or even significant NHLers ? I guess to get, you have to give, so lets hope Burke and company makes the right decisions over the next couple of months. He has more or less promised that there will be some changes, and the addition of Jay McClement isnt a landscape changer . A number one centre , a number one goalie and a number one defenceman are needed. Maybe they add a centre and a goalie, but there would be zero chance they land a true anchor for their defence . No disrespect to Phaneuf , who is a good man, but a little too high/low to be a true anchor. Rick Akin

  2. peter smith says:

    sad to say a guy from Brampton does not want to wear the blue and white.Rick Nash what are you thinking?
    Stanley cups rolling in your mind not

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