Less than 24 hours after his general manager revealed that Rick Nash
requested a trade, the Blue Jackets captain took the high road when he spoke to the media at Nationwide Arena in Columbus after the morning skate.
Nash, who was not traded prior to Monday's 3 p.m. ET deadline, confirmed that he asked to be traded because he was looking out for the best interests of both himself and the Blue Jackets. Columbus GM Scott Howson revealed the trade request in a press conference shortly after Monday's deadline passed.
He said he knew he could fetch the organization several important assets, including prospects and high draft picks, to help their rebuild. At the same time, Nash, who has a no-movement clause in his contract, offered the club a short list of teams he'd be willing to accept a trade to in order to compete for a Stanley Cup.
Nash did not reveal the teams on his list, but reportedly the Rangers were making a serious push to acquire him Monday.
"I was informed by management that there was a rebuild, a reshape of the team, and I personally felt I could be a huge part of that, toward bringing assets in," Nash said according to a transcript posted on the website of the Columbus Dispatch. "I think that was in my view that was the best thing for the team, the organization, and personally for my career."