Report: If Rick Nash Decides To Play, the Blue Jackets May Be "First And Foremost" As An Option

By 1OB Staff on October 10, 2018 at 11:17 am
Boston Bruins forward and former Columbus Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash celebrates a Stanley Cup playoffs goal.

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This is your monthly (?) Rick Nash update.

The one-time captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets was in the news this week, whether he liked or not. A report out of Boston said he was prepared to file paperwork and retire, though longtime agent Joe Resnick denied that claim to TSN's Darren Dreger.

Dreger's colleague at TSN, Bob McKenzie, took it a step further on Wednesday morning.

While Nash hasn't yet made a decision as to whether he'll play hockey in 2018-19, it's believed he has a list of potential destinations in mind. He still lives in Columbus, his wife is from the area, and he's long-believed to have interest in suiting up for the Blue Jackets again.

Here's what McKenzie said on TSN 1050 radio in Toronto, per hockey writer Chris Nichols:

"He lives in Columbus. That may be first and foremost what his interest may be - if he’s able, at some point this season, to come back. But he mentions that there might be four or five other teams that he would look favorably on playing on."

McKenzie said Nash may also have a suitor in the Toronto Maple Leafs, as head coach Mike Babcock is a huge fan going back to their time together in the Olympics.

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