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Who got the furthest in Rick Nash talks? Ottawa

Rick Nash, Vladimir Sobotka, T.J.Oshie

Columbus Blue Jackets’ Rick Nash, center, works for the puck between St. Louis Blues’ Vladimir Sobotka, left, of the Czech Republic and T.J.Oshie in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, March 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)


It’s too bad Rick Nash decided against going to the Ottawa Senators because they were apparently the team that got the furthest in trying to acquire him.

Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports that of the many suitors for Nash’s talents, the Senators had progressed furthest in talks with the Blue Jackets to land him.

Ottawa is not on Nash’s preferred list, either, and the Senators have publicly pulled themselves out of the running. GM Bryan Murray told Sportsnet yesterday that he’s not “chasing.” That’s a setback to the process, as source say the Blue Jackets got deeper into talks with the Senators than any other club. It was in those talks that the Marc Methot - for - Nick Foligno idea was born, a trade that was consummated yesterday.

At least both teams got something out of the process.

Portzline goes on to say the Rangers, Sharks, Hurricanes and Red Wings are into the mix for Nash, but Carolina is not on his preferred list of teams. Perhaps that could change with Jordan Staal there now. Philly too is believed to have interest.

Don’t expect this situation to change anytime before things get settled out with Zach Parise, however, as the Canes, Wings, and Flyers are all in on Parise. Once he’s signed, trade talks can get more serious as teams assess the situation.