Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash held a press conference this morning to clear the air on his reported request for a trade. The career-long Blue Jacket went untraded after yesterday’s 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline, meaning he will have to finish the season with Columbus.
Nash, 27, has had the lowest output since his rookie season this year. In 62 games played he has scored 21 goals and 22 assists for 39 points. In his first professional season he tallied 17 goals and 22 assists for 43 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.