NHL free agency rumors: Blue Jackets at top of Rick Nash’s list

Rick Nash
Rick Nash (Getty Images)

Pending unrestricted free-agent winger Rick Nash, the Blue Jackets’ all-time leading scorer, has Columbus at the top of his list of potential destinations, according to The Athletic.

Nash, 34, played for the Blue Jackets from 2002-03 to ’11-12 and is the franchise leader in goals, assists, points and games played. He was the team’s captain from 2008-09 until his departure.

The Athletic reports the Blue Jackets are showing more interest in Nash now than they did at the trade deadline.

Nash, who is seeking a multiyear deal, had 28 points (18 goals) in 60 games for the Rangers and then six more points in the regular season for the Bruins after being traded in late February. He added five points in 12 playoff games for Boston.

The Boston Globe reported on Saturday that the Bruins might have an interest in retaining Nash after they were spurned by Ilya Kovalchuk. But they were told that Nash, who has a history of concussions, was considering retirement.

Reached Sunday, Nash told Sportsnet.ca via text that he is “weighing all options of where I want to pick up the family and move to. My main goal is to the win the Cup.”