Nash's agent wants deal before deadline

Speaking publicly for the first time since news of his client Rick Nash's availability was reported last week, agent Joe Resnick made it clear that Nash would like a deal done before Monday's 3 p.m. trade deadline.

"We're hopeful a deal can get done prior to the trade deadline that is fair and equitable to the Blue Jackets," Resnick told TSN's Bob McKenzie Saturday.

Perhaps the most intriguing nugget Resnick provided, however, is that Nash's list of approved teams will not change once the deadline passes; Nash has a no-trade clause he'd have to waive before accepting any deal.

"If a deal is not reached," Resnick told McKenzie. "Then the list of acceptable teams will not change at a later date."

By saying so Resnick both applied pressure on Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson and essentially squashed speculation that the market for Nash will broaden should Howson wait until the draft this June to trade his 27-year-old captain.

With less than 48 hours remaining before the trade deadline, the Rangers remain the front-runners to land Nash among the handful of teams on Nash's "approved list," but appear to be reluctant to concede to Howson's asking price.

Will that change before Monday? We'll see.

Read ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun's take on the situation here.