You know what the Flames need? Rick Nash!

With the Columbus Blue Jackets sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference again, it looks like the team is finally ready to field offers for its franchise player.  Rumours have him going everywhere from Philly to the Rangers to even the Toronto Maple Leafs (yeah, that’ll be the day!).  But you know who could really use him?  The Calgary Flames.

With their recent rash of injuries, the Flames have just three players who’ve scored more than seven goals this season–and even with everybody healthy, that number only doubles (assuming David Moss plays most of the year).  Aside from their first line of Tanguay, Jokinen and Iginla, Calgary has very little goal-scoring in the lineup until the likes of Glencross, Moss and Stempniak return from the injured list.  You know, we could really use a big winger with some scoring touch…

But what could the Flames give up to get him?  Good question.  Though they’ve had some solid contributions from young players like Backlund, Byron, Bouma and Horak, I don’t think the Jackets would trade Nash for the four of them combined.  A couple of these guys could become dependable players, but none of them is the next face of any NHL franchise.  And while I don’t follow our AHL affiliate all that closely, I haven’t heard of any top prospects waiting in the wings, considering that the team hasn’t really had a great draft since the 80’s.  Mind you, Sven Baertschi, last year’s first-round pick, has been scoring almost two points a game this season–but he’s still in junior hockey, and thus, a long way from the NHL.  When you’re a last place team trading your star player, you don’t wanna hafta wait 2-3 years for a return on your investment.

So, who lands Rick Nash then?  I hafta say, my money’s on L.A..  They’ve got an outstanding young backup goalie in Jonathan Bernier who’s clearly ready for more ice time, and some solid young defencemen like Jack Johnson who could be on the move.  Mind you, L.A. is probably the last place I’d wanna see him go, seeing as they’re sitting two points ahead of us for eighth place right now.  Did I mention the Flames play the Kings tonite?  I’ve got Calgary winning 2-1 in a shootout

As for Nash, I hope he ends up in the Eastern Conference, just as long as its not with the Leafs.  He’d already be anointed the next Wendell Clark before he steps off the plane…

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2 responses to “You know what the Flames need? Rick Nash!

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