Ottawa Senators still pursuing Nash: Murray

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray is still in talks with the Columbus Blue Jackets to acquire Rick Nash.

Ottawa Senators still pursuing Nash: Murray

PITTSBURGH – Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray is still in talks with the Columbus Blue Jackets to acquire Rick Nash.

He doesn’t know if he’ll get called back, or if the Blue Jackets will even deal Nash this weekend.

But the Senators are interested.

If the Senators succeed, it appears the deal will be a straight players-for-Nash deal. Ottawa’s first pick in today’s draft, 15th overall, has not been discussed.

Murray also said he is not in talk with Anaheim to acquire Bobby Ryan.

The San Jose Sharks appear to be Ottawa’s major competitor for Nash.

They’ve offered Ryane Clowe, Joe Pavelski, Jason Demers, and a first-round choice while the Senators have offered, at the very least, Robin Lehner and Mika Zibanejad.

At one time or another, Nick Foligno and Ben Bishop have been mentioned as part of the package.

Nash, under contract through the 2017-18 season, carries a cap hit of 7.8 million, which would make him the highest-paid player on the Senators.

Jason Spezza, under contract through 2014-15, carries a cap hit of 7 million.

More to come…

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