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Rick Nash hurt, might have played in last game with Columbus

Rick Nash

DENVER, CO - APRIL 05: Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrates a goal against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on April 5, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Nash netted his 28th and 29th goals of the season in a 5-2 victory over Colorado, but he also missed the third period due to an undisclosed injury.

“We’ll have to monitor him and see how he is once we get home,” Blue Jackets interim coach Todd Richards said.

It remains to be seen if Nash will be available for the Blue Jackets’ season finale on Saturday. If he misses that game, it would deny the Blue Jackets’ fans one more chance to say goodbye to him as Columbus hosts the New York Islanders. Although nothing is set in stone, it was revealed that Nash asked to be traded and while that didn’t happen at the deadline, the Blue Jackets are expected to ship him off over the summer.

Nash is the team captain and face of the franchise. The Blue Jackets will try to maximize what they can get back for him, but it’s likely that any trade will hurt their ability to sell tickets next season. That’s pretty bad, considering they are already one of the worst teams in the league in that department.