Plenty of information is flowing through the Interwebs and fortunately Twitter seems to be fully operational today so now Senators fans can all go batshit crazy because...
Bryan Murray says he's still in talks with Columbus about Rick Nash. Says the #15 pick has not been part of any trade discussions. #Sens— AJ Jakubec (@AJonSports) June 22, 2012
This is just the latest twist in a series of tweets over the past few days that have: a) linked the Senators to Nash; b) had Bryan Murray dismissing the price as being too high; c) discounted Ottawa's chances because of some alleged strict budget limitations; and d) now lists Ottawa as one of the favorites to land the winger.
With Nash on the brain however, everyone is micro-analyzing his game critiquing his salary or his past production with the possibility (or likelihood) that it could regress further. I can only imagine how much worse it could get should Senators management decide to pull the trigger on a deal that sends a plethora of inexpensive assets to acquire him. Should Nash struggle to produce the elite-level numbers that people will expect of him playing alongside Jason Spezza, will he be able to cope and thrive in this Canadian fish bowl market?
More Trade Dialogue...
Murray says he has not had any discussions with Pittsburgh or Anaheim about Jordan Staal or Bobby Ryan. #Sens— AJ Jakubec (@AJonSports) June 22, 2012
Which makes a ton of sense because if you're going to sink a number of young assets into a player of Rick Nash's ilk, it makes sense not to investigate the market further to see if better valued deals could be had for other top six alternatives. Fortunately in an interview with SensTV this afternoon, Murray acknowledges that he's putting his nose in a ton of different places.
Ottawa has talked to a few teams today about moving up in the first round. But nothing imminent at this point— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) June 22, 2012
The plot thickens....
Its striking to me how confident he seems in the teams ability to handle things like the holes on defense internally(among other things). I wonder if its just BS lip service or if he knows something we dont?
@Danny64 Yeah, BM is talking to the interviewer all like " Dont worry we have Schultz coming in here and......... oh shit you weren't supposed to know that yet"
Can you make a living watching 2 min blurbs on the Sens website and posting tweets like you're sharing classified intel?
The big deal with Nash is is play in traffic. He was voted best in traffic in a survey of NHL players last year. In my observations, Sens play a perimeter game that doesn't generate enough scoring chances against better defensive teams. Filling this void with a player like Nash would be a home run for sens. He will score goals and create chances that nobody on the current roster could.
I'm not drawn to the star quality in Nash, but his play in front of the net is a gaping hole in the Sens offense. The question is whether one or several of Sens young guns project to be great playmakers in net traffic areas within 2-3 years. This was probably the motivation behind drafting Noesen and Zbad.
As an aside, Bobby ryan will want 7.5m as soon as his 3 years of control are up - and he won't come any cheaper than nash. his current production is boosted by all-world linemates.
I've heard on twitter that Murray and Dorion are wearing down Howson by making synchronized barf sounds every time Howson proposes a package on the phone.
@S_Church sure hope he took a few pointers from the podcast today about misdirection. Because I'd honestly prefer Ryan to Nash in age, contract and asking price.