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NHL Rumors: Ottawa Senators make a pitch for Rick Nash

NHL Rumors suggest the Ottawa Senators have made inquiries to Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson about the availability of power forward Rick Nash; it is also possible that Bryan Murray has already made his pitch.

NHL Rumors have the Ottawa general manager offering last year’s sixth overall pick, Mika Zibanejad; former first round pick, Nick Foligno, and back up goaltender Ben Bishop in exchange for the former Rocket Richard Trophy winner.

While a deal of this magnitude would definitely get fans excited, it may weaken the Senators in the long run.

Nash, 28, is just reaching the prime of his career and would look tremendous skating along side Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek on the Ottawa first line, but it would certainly diminish the hard work Murray has done to replenish the club’s stock of prospects, and goaltending depth.

One only has to look as far back as this season’s champion Los Angeles Kings to see what making whole sale changes can potentially do for a franchise, but the long term ramifications have yet to be seen.

I imagine most Kings fans will tell you that seeing their team finally raise the Stanley Cup made all the past decades pain and suffering worth it, and most Senators fans would gladly pay the same price for glory.

If Murray is ready to take his last big swing in Ottawa Rick Nash is certainly a marquee name worthy of such a move, but it is always possible that Ottawa could end up on the wrong side of the deal especially with a prospect like Zibanejad involved.

One thing about NHL Rumors is they are just that: rumors.

Ottawa is not said to be among the teams on Nash’s list of approved teams, so the chatter is moot at this point, but it is also possible that the big winger could be swayed to join the up and coming group.

Stay tuned to Rant Sports for more on the story as it develops.