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01/09/2012

Memo to Dallas Stars: Rick Nash would waive his no-trade clause

Tumblr_lxeyy9mUdK1r3z8caWith nearly every team in the NHL believing they still have a shot at the playoffs, the trade market is exceptionally sparse right now.

At least one very large name, however, is available if needed. Columbus Blue Jackets center Rick Nash told The Columbus Dispatch that he would waive his no-trade clause.

The Dallas Stars need a top-six forward in the worst way, and adding a Nash-type would completely change their power play and everything else. At 6-foot-4, 216 pounds Nash has a big shot, and is one of the best scorers in the league.

Nash sounds like a man who wants to stay in Columbus, and is not at the end of his rope by any means. But the Blue Jackets are awful. Again. Since their inception in 2000-'01, they have made the playoffs just once. They just fired their head coach this morning, and their 27 points is a league-low. 

Columbus is going to want a lot to deal the face of their franchise. No, Mike Ribeiro and Richard Bachman aren't going to cut it. The Stars have the cap space, but adding Nash would be a tremendous commitment; he's in the second year of an eight-year, $62.4 million deal. 

It may be too much to add on, but if the Stars are serious about making the playoffs (they are currently in eighth in the Western Conference) putting Nash on this roster would likely do the trick.

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