For the first time since drafting him No. 1 overall in 2002, the Columbus Blue Jackets are reportedly open to trading franchise cornerstone Rick Nash, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
While Nash is not currently being shopped by Columbus, sources told the Dispatch that the team would be willing to listen to offers for the All-Star. The Blue Jackets, who had hoped to be a playoff-caliber team in 2011-12 after acquiring several veteran stars, have been the worst team in the NHL this season, posting only 38 points with a 16-34-6 overall record.
Nash, 27, has had the lowest output since his rookie season this year. In 56 games played he has scored 18 goals and 21 assists for 39 points. In his first professional season he tallied 17 goals and 22 assists for 39 points. It is possible that Nash could finish the season with 30-or-less goals for just the second time since 2003. For nearly a decade, Nash has been the one bright spot for the Columbus franchise that has managed to make the playoffs just once in its history.