The Columbus Blue Jackets have started this shortened National Hockey League season with a 1-3-1 record. In the offseason, Columbus traded their star forward Rick Nash away and I’m wondering if the Blue Jackets will regret making that decision in the next few years. Nash is on his way to stardom with the New York Rangers and Columbus may be looking at him doing great things over the next decade.
It is obvious that Columbus is a small-market team but even with that fact, there has to be a way for the league’s small teams to keep their superstars. Nash is still only 28 years old after his nine seasons in Columbus and is averaging a point a game so far in New York. I realize that the Blue Jackets had plenty of time to build around Nash but more efforts should have made to keep him around. No one wants to lose and Nash wanted to go to a winning situation. I don’t blame him at all for that, I would want to win too.
The Blue Jackets could end up with egg on their face if Nash helps the Rangers win a Stanley Cup before he retires. Columbus did get some good pieces back from the Rangers but none of them are of the ability of Nash. Nash will have a great rest of his career in New York and should continue doing what he has done for the last decade. Columbus will be left wondering what more they could have done to help Nash out and maybe get the Blue Jackets back into the playoffs.