COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Rick Nash wasn't dealt before the NHL's trade deadline on Monday.
But the real shocker -- something almost no one knew until it was revealed by general manager Scott Howson after the deadline -- is that Nash had asked the Blue Jackets to trade him.
Howson said he was surprised when Nash asked for a trade in January.
Every team in the NHL spoke to the Blue Jackets about the four-time All-Star, some more seriously than others. Howson made only one small deal on Monday, trading center Samuel Pahlsson to Vancouver for two fourth-round draft picks and minor-league defenseman Taylor Ellington.
Now it's clear that Nash wants out and the Blue Jackets will try to deal him this summer.