A tough, tough deal to make. That goes for a number of NHL teams, including the Maple Leafs, when it comes to the apparent availability of 27-year-old power forward Rick Nash, a player the Columbus Blue Jackets believed they had locked up on a long-term deal but now are prepared to move, possibly before the Feb. 27 NHL trade deadline. Do the Leafs want him? Yes. So do at least a half-dozen other NHL clubs, and probably two or three have the needed combination of players, prospects, picks and cap space to engineer a deal with Columbus GM Scott Howson. There is, however, a big difference between wanting and getting, and it's worth noting, this is a complicated deal made more complicated by the fact the current collective bargaining agreement expires at the conclusion of this season.
Rick Nash would be good fit for Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Star | Feb 16