GM: Rick Nash wanted to be traded

Updated: February 27, 2012, 10:38 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Rick Nash, the biggest prize available, 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 later in the day -- is that it was Nash who had asked the Columbus Blue Jackets to trade him.

Most had believed that the Blue Jackets, stuck with by far the worst record in the league at 18-37-7 for 43 points, were dealing him out of desperation. As it turns out, ...

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