Flyers are on Rick Nash's list

UNIONDALE NY - NOVEMBER 24: Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets takes the shot at Rick DiPietro #39 of the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on November 24 2010 in Uniondale New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Not sure how we missed this when it was published by the Columbus Dispatch on Monday, but thankfully, Puck Daddy wrote about it today and brought it to our attention.

The Flyers are indeed on Rick Nash's (very) short list of acceptable trade destinations. Via the Dispatch:

One aspects revealed by Nash's list of "approved" destinations -- Boston, Detroit, the New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Jose -- it's that he'd rather play for his country than in his country.

Reports were all over the place previously on this. Nash would accept a trade here, Nash wouldn't accept a trade here, back and forth, etc. But this seems rather concrete. Nash has a list. It's really short. And the Flyers are on it. Not terribly surprising given the other names on the list.

As we've written in the past, a trade for Rick Nash makes approximately zero sense. Scott Howson is asking for a crazy high asking price, and now that it's clear Nash will only go a handful of places, the Blue Jackets general manager doesn't have a ton of leverage. Yet since he's out of his mind and somehow still employed, a trade of Nash is at an impasse until a team sends Howson a crazy offer.

The Flyers have the pieces to send that offer. Nash would accept a trade to the Flyers. Let's pray none of it happens.

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