I doubt Columbus wants anyone currently in the NHL - they need to rebuild from the bottom up with young guys. They really have no core to build off of right now.
Nash is the kind of goal scoring winger (30+ in last 5 of 6 seasons) the Bruins have wanted/needed for a while. He's not Kessel soft, and he's consistently elite. He's played in 70+ games in all but one full season in his career, so he's durable. He's still young (only 27)..I mean, he's the kind of guy that takes the Bruins from top 5 to elite in a cocaine heartbeat.
I think a package of 2012 and 2013 1st round picks, Knight, and Koko could be enough.
His $7.8 cap hit through 2018 is a big problem, in my opinion. Especially given Nash's lack of production. He's been a 65ish point player the past few seasons. The Bruins are getting similar production out of Lucic at half the cost. It's fair to assume Nash's production increases if he joins a better team, but by how much? Enough to justify $7.8 mil per year? I think that is way too much for the B's who need to retain some of the core guys over the next few years.
The other thing is Nash is a LW. The Bruins have Lucic and Marchand as the 2 LW in the top 6. So either you bump one of them down to the 3rd line to accommodate Nash (and both players are outproducing Nash at the moment), or you move Nash/Lucic/Marchand to their off wing. I don't know how feasible that is.
Edit: I would think the Jackets would list Tuukka as the centerpiece of a Nash package as well. I don't the B's go for that.
Edited by cshea, 14 February 2012 - 11:46 AM.