The clock is ticking on Monday's 3 p.m. trade deadline, and while speculation continues about a potential blockbuster deal to bring coveted forward Rick Nash to New York, no trade seems imminent.
The 27-year-old captain, whose sudden availability set the NHL abuzz last week, is in the lineup for Columbus Sunday, ESPNNewYork.com has learned.
Teams will often hold a player out of a game while working on a deal as a precaution, but Columbus will not do so for Nash with the Blue Jackets in Pittsburgh for Sunday's game against the Penguins at 1 p.m.
While that doesn't mean Nash won't be traded before the deadline, it is a likely indication that no deal is in the works - yet.
As the market to land Nash has thinned over the last few days -- LA essentially removed themselves from the running with their acquisition of Jeff Carter Thursday, while Toronto's biggest need now seems to be a capable goaltender -- Nash's agent Joe Resnick issued a clear message about his client's wishes Sunday afternoon.
"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.
Resnick also said that Nash's list of approved teams to which he'd accept a trade -- Nash has a no-movement clause in his eight-year, $62.4 million deal -- will not change regardless of when a deal is made. With Columbus GM's reportedly high asking price, many assumed he'd have better luck trying to move the former first overall pick at the draft this June.
"If a deal is not reached," Resnick told McKenzie. "Then the list of acceptable teams will not change at a later date."