The Bruins would love to acquire Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets. The 28-year-old forward wouldn't mind going to Boston either, as the Bruins were one of six teams on Nash's preferred trade list.
The problem facing the Bruins — as well as the Red Wings, Rangers, Flyers, Penguins and Sharks, who are the other five teams on the list — is that Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson is asking for a lot in return for his star forward. Nash has scored at least 30 goals in seven of the last eight seasons, and he's been the face of the Blue Jackets franchise ever since he was drafted No. 1 overall in 2002.
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli likes his current squad, though, and, just one year removed from a Stanley Cup championship, he doesn't want to undergo a major roster shakeup — something a trade for Nash would necessitate. Even if Chiarelli was to throw in the contract of Tim Thomas, who's committed to sitting out the 2012-13 season, a deal still appears unlikely.
Check out the video above to watch NESN's Andy Brickley and Jamison Coyle discuss the Bruins' chances of landing Nash.