Philadelphia Flyers: Why Trading for Rick Nash Is a Terrible Idea

Aaron MillerContributor IIIJanuary 18, 2017

COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 19:  Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates the puck up ice during the game against the Nashville Predators at Nationwide Arena on January 19, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.  The Predators defeated the Blue Jackets 3-0.  (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
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I know what you're thinking. Another Rick Nash trade rumor article. You've had enough.

Well, let me tell you something: I have also had enough, mainly because I think this whole idea is ridiculous.

Trading for Nash would be one of the worst moves the Flyers could make right now for a multitude of reasons.

The Flyers are not having any trouble scoring goals, and Nash is not renowned for his defensive play. The Flyers have a good young core that shouldn't be broken up. The Flyers could use their plentiful assets to acquire something they actually need, like a goaltender who does a better job than a cardboard cutout.

But I'm not going to use any of these arguments to convince you that a trade for Nash is a bad idea.

Take yourself back in time, to the end of the 2009-10 season. A phenom by the name of Alex Ovechkin had just scored 50 goals and 109 points in 72 games. He was earning $9.5 million a season and looked worth every penny.

At the same time, an up-and-comer named Claude Giroux had just completed his first full season. He only had a modest total of 47 points, but hey, he looked promising.

Bring yourself back to the present. Who would you rather have? Giroux or Ovechkin? Imagine if the Flyers had packaged Giroux with another prospect, a veteran and draft picks to get Ovechkin.

That's pretty much the exact same trade as the Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn, James van Riemsdyk and a first-rounder or whatever other outrageous variation you've read.

As far as I'm concerned, Nash is not worth sacrificing the huge future potential that both Couturier and Schenn offer. He is a consistent 30-goal scorer. He's been in the league for nine years, so I think it's highly doubtful that he will suddenly break out and become a 50-goal dynamo.

In two or three years time, at least one of Schenn and Couturier will provide that same offensive output, if not more. In the meantime, Nash will still have a bloated $7.8 million cap hit.

Still think trading for Nash is a good idea?