After learning that talented Columbus forward Rick Nash had the Red Wings on his approved list of trade destinations, the Red Wings reportedly made “a hell of an offer” to the Blue Jackets. This according to Mlive.com’s Ansar Khan who cited a person with knowledge of the situation.
However no counter offer was given to the Wings by Columbus GM Scott Howson and there isn’t believed to be any dialogue going back and forth between the two teams.
This really isn’t surprising and you can probably assume that Howson isn’t going to trade his most prized asset to a division rival that has dominated his team since their inception during the 2000-2001 season.
As far as what Detroit offered Columbus isn’t known but Howson recently told TSN’s Geno Reda that he is seeking two NHL ready forwards since he’s happy thus far with his defense.
If Ken Holland was abiding by Howson’s demands to other teams could Filppula and Johan Franzen (along with other prospects and a draft pick) for Nash? You would have to think that would be the case in a deal involving Nash. Khan too believes that a couple of third line forwards simply wouldn’t get it done.
Now there’s not telling if Howson will come back to the Wings’ deal as the regular season approaches. He will have his options though and will probably look to ship Nash out east to teams like Philadelphia, the Rangers or Boston before he deals with a Western Conference team let along one within his own division like Detroit.
Ref: Mlive.com, TSN