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It’s not looking like Rick Nash is getting traded today

Rick Nash

Columbus Blue Jackets’ Rick Nash warms up for the Blue Jackets’ NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. Nash had asked to be traded, but no deal was made before the trade deadline. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)


If you’re tuned into the draft hoping to hear of a Rick Nash trade, you’re going to be disappointed.

Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson told reporters he feels like it’s not looking good for a deal to be done on draft day and things might have to wait until after free agency starts on July 1.

“I’d be surprised if a trade got done tonight,” said Howson. “It’s not the market we expected right now.”

Those words will be of little comfort to Blue Jackets fans who saw Howson turn down at least one monster offer from the New York Rangers before the trade deadline in hopes of striking hard after the season ended. Now the talk is Howson might wait to see where Zach Parise lands in free agency before finding out who wants in on Nash.