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Columbus GM wants forwards for Nash

Saturday, 07.14.2012 / 8:45 AM / News

NHL.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets would want established NHL forwards in any trade for Rick Nash, general manager Scott Howson told TSN on Friday.

Speaking on "That's Hockey," Howson would not confirm that Nash would only accept a trade to the Bruins, Flyers, Penguins, Rangers, Red Wings or Sharks, as has been reported.

"If we do complete a trade, we're trading out a 30- to 40-goal scorer," Howson told TSN's Gino Reda. "Defense is probably the strongest part of our team as we look at it today, so we're looking to get some NHL forwards back first and foremost."

Howson said he has no timetable to make a deal. He said he has talked to "a number of teams."

"We don't have a deadline," the GM said. "Rick's under contract and we'll continue to work at this, we'll continue to keep Rick in the loop … and we'll just hope that we get a resolution to this."

Nash, who has played all of his nine-year NHL career for Columbus, has a no-trade clause. His contract has a salary-cap value of $7.8 million for the next six seasons, according to CapGeek.com.

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory