Since last February, each "pressure point" on the NHL calendar has come and gone without creating enough pressure on the marketplace to prompt a Rick Nash trade by the Blue Jackets. Maybe the signings of free agents Shane Doan or Alexander Semin, or the trade of Anaheim's Bobby Ryan, can nudge it along here in the next couple of weeks.

Or maybe Nash's contract -- $7.6 million in salary this season, and a $7.8 million cap hit for six more seasons -- is so big a ticket that NHL clubs will wait until the next collective bargaining agreement is struck before deciding to take the plunge.

In today's editions of The Dispatch, we touched on the decision that would confront Nash and his agent, Joe Resnick, if he's not traded before training camp. Nash, who is still the Blue Jackets captain, could show up at training camp and endure an awkward situation with fans and teammates amid a swirl of national TV attention. Or he could hold out of training camp and be fined $27,636 per day.

But there could be a larger issue. NHL training camps might not start on time. The NHL regular-season might not start on time. Not if the league doesn't get a new CBA. The current one expires Sept. 15.