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McKenzie: Columbus is listening to offers for Rick Nash

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COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 13: Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets takes the ice for the game against the Vancouver Canucks at Nationwide Arena on December 13, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

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The NHL trade deadline is less than two weeks away and now we’ve got a top prize available on the market.

After the report this morning about Rick Nash possibly being available for trade, TSN’s Bob McKenzie has found out that Columbus is indeed listening to offers for the Blue Jackets captain.

While Nash has a no-movement clause in his contract, McKenzie says that Columbus GM Scott Howson wouldn’t be listening to trade offers unless he had Nash’s blessing to do so meaning that if the right offer from the right team comes along, we could see Nash being shipped out on or before the trade deadline on February 27 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that Nash is asking out of Columbus, however. He’s told Columbus Dispatch beat man Aaron Portzline recently that he loves Columbus and wants to help bring a winning team there. Turns out Nash might be helping to do that by being the crown jewel in a blockbuster deal.