In admitting to the Columbus Dispatch that the 2011-12 season is the most difficult of his career, Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash
also answered a hypothetical question about whether he'd be willing to waive his no-trade clause, which expires at the end of the 2014-15 season.
Nash told Aaron Portzline of the Dispatch that he would be willing to agree to a trade if it meant the Blue Jackets would be getting pieces back to help them to build a new foundation for future success.
Right Wing - CBJ
GOALS: 12 | ASST: 15 | PTS: 27
SOG: 146 | +/-: -19
"The city of Columbus deserves a winner and deserves a good product on the ice," Nash said. "If it comes to that -- like you said, all speculation -- but if they don't want me here, they want to move me? I'm not going to do something where it's going to hurt the franchise just because I have that in my contract."
Nash, though, reiterated that he wants to be part of the solution in Columbus, saying he loves Columbus and loves being a Blue Jacket.
"I've put all my trust and loyalty into this organization," Nash said. "I'd have to trust them 100 percent, whatever their decisions are."
Nash is currently in the second year of an eight-year, $62.4 million contract and has 12 goals this season. Columbus is last in the Western Conference, 20 points out of a playoff spot.