The Penguins got a better haul for pending UFA Jordan Staal than the Blue Jackets did for Rick Nash, who is under contract for several more years. That doesn't make sense.
Actually, considering Nash's AAV, it makes perfect sense. That contract is crippling for most teams.
I actually think this is probably at the top of the market for what CBJ could get back for Nash, especially since everyone was laughing at the ridiculous returns they were reportedly asking for. This sounds a lot more reasonable. Now if we're going to assume that premise, the real question becomes if they should have stayed pat with Nash or done this trade. I'm honestly torn on that. I really don't think there was that much more out there for him.
Either way, it's pretty much a slam dunk trade for the Rags.