Curious decision by Columbus to play Rick Nash against Pittsburgh today -- teams generally hold a player out of the game as a precaution if intent on dealing him -- but Nash seemed unfazed by the incessant speculation regarding his future.
The 27-year-old captain tallied a short-handed goal in the second period to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead against the Penguins before Pittsburgh rallied back for the 4-2 win. It was Nash's first short-handed goal since October 2009.
Interesting to see the effect trade rumors have on players. Just Saturday, Kings captain Dustin Brown recorded a hat trick for L.A. less than two days after news spread about his availability.
Nash's 21st goal of the season may very well be his last as a Blue Jacket.
Nash's agent Joe Resnick spoke out Saturday to express his client's desire to see a deal get done before the 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.
No deal appears to be imminent, however, given Columbus' willingness to play Nash against the Penguins.