DETROIT — The Columbus Blue Jackets have been shopping star forward Rick Nash ever since he asked to be traded in January.
One of the teams reportedly on his list that he would waive his no-movement clause is the Detroit Red Wings, which was reported by the Columbus Post-Dispatch.
And the Wings have made their pitch.
A source with knowledge of the situation said Detroit made “a hell of an offer” to the Blue Jackets for Nash.
However, the offer generated zero conversation.
It’s not known what the Wings offered, but reports have said that Columbus general manager Scott Howson is looking for two proven NHL forwards in return.
That’s a pretty steep asking price for any team, including the Wings, who would more than likely have to part with proven talent like Johan Franzen or Valtteri Filppula and perhaps even throw in an up-and-coming star like Darren Helm or Gustav Nyquist.
Howson is willing to holdout until he gets what he’s looking for in return.
It seems unlikely that Howson would want to deal Nash, who will make $7.8 million in each of the next six seasons, to a Central Division rival like Detroit and be stuck seeing the face of the Blue Jackets’ franchise so often during the regular season.