Silly season is in full swing with free agency set to start in a few days. The latest buzz/conjecture/whispers/rumors: that the Pittsburgh Penguins might be hot on the trail to make a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets for Rick Nash if the Pens are unable to sign Zach Parise.

From Elloitte Friedman's 30 thoughts:

Have always believed Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson's best opportunity to deal Rick Nash will be after Parise's decision. Think some other teams hoped their first-round picks would really appeal to Columbus, but that wasn't the case. My guess is that Nash and Bobby Ryan, if Anaheim wants to do it, get dealt after Parise signs. If Pittsburgh doesn't get Parise, Nash makes sense -- assuming it has what the Blue Jackets want.