Breaking: Elite NHL goal scorer forced to provide no-trade list

Here we go! Could this be the first trade deadline domino to fall?

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According to a report from TSN’s top hockey insider Bob McKenzie, the New York Rangers have requested that veteran forward Rick Nash provide the team with his 18 team no-trade list.

While we’re not privy to Nash’s no-trade list, Sportsnet reporter and NHL insider Elliotte Friedman speculates that Nash will not accept a trade to one of Canada’s seven teams. You may recall that Nash ignited controversy in his home country when he refused to be dealt up north as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets back in 2012. Could his feelings have changed?

Regardless of where he ends up, it seems like a foregone conclusion that Nash will be traded. 

The 33-year-old winger has 15 goals and 25 points in 52 games with the Rangers this season and is a shadow of the player who used to consistently put up 30+ goals and 60+ points earlier in his career. Still, for the right price and in the right situation, Nash could be a very smart pick up at the trade deadline. 

One team in the mix to land Nash? The Blue Jackets. Could you IMAGINE? The former 1st overall pick of the Jackets back in 2002 left the franchise in 2012 amidst some consternation and controversy. But, with the Blue Jackets now a marquee franchise and with Nash playing more of a supplementary role at this point of his career, could a reunion be in the works?

Again… could you IMAGINE? The Prodigal Son returning home? Or the disgraced son begging for another shot? What do you say, Jackets fans? Would you welcome back Nash to your team? Has time healed your wounds?