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Columbus GM says Rangers consistently “showed most interest” in Rick Nash

Columbus Blue Jackets Press Conference Introducing New Players Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski

COLUMBUS,OH - JULY 21: Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson speaks during a press conference on July 21, 2011 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

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The New York Rangers were connected to Rick Nash trade rumors for a long time, and if Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson’s quotes are any indication, the rumors were justified. Howson stated that the Rangers showed frequent interest in Nash, as Katie Strang reports.

“The Rangers were the team that showed the most interest in Rick, consistently,” Howson said.

Many weren’t impressed with the assets Howson garnered from the Rangers, despite Nash’s positive words. Howson claims the framework of the deal was more or less in place on Friday night. Some believe that Howson could have gotten a similar deal earlier on in the process, however, which is a notion that Howson (sort of) denied, as Dave Lozo “notes.”

“I’m not sure if we could have gotten this deal at the trade deadline,” Howson said. “I’d have to check my notes.”

Perhaps “I’d have to check my notes” has some legs as a meme among hockey fanatics, although it’s unlikely to approach the “so you’re an expert?” level.

Howson also told Aaron Portzline that Columbus will “be eternally grateful” for Nash’s contributions.

Howson discusses the deal with Blue Jackets TV:


Blue Jackets receive “four question marks” for Nash

What they’re saying about the trade

Nash calls New York a “great fit”