NHL notes: No one's dashing to get Nash

Four months after asking for a trade, Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash is still waiting for a ticket...

Four months after asking for a trade, Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash is still waiting for a ticket out of town. (DAN RIEDLHUBER/Reuters file photo)

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It has been more than four months since Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson announced that Rick Nash had asked for a trade.

And it might be a few more months before the star left winger is granted his wish.

Howson has told the Columbus Dispatch he won't trade Nash for less than "market value" -- but his idea of Nash's value may not jibe with that of other GMs.

The Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers and San Jose Sharks are on Nash's list of approved clubs, but no trade seems imminent, the Dispatch reported Friday.

Nash, 28, has played nine seasons for the Jackets since being picked first overall in the 2002 draft. He has 289 goals and 258 assists in 674 games.

EYEING SEMIN, SORT OF

The Carolina Hurricanes would consider offering a deal to enigmatic free-agent winger Alexander Semin -- but it would be a short contract.

"We would look at Semin on a short-term basis," Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford told the News and Observer. "We wouldn't want to get locked in to anything because we've all heard the stories about him. We do like his skill level. It could be that we could bring him in for a year, get to know him and go from there in terms of considering something longer-term."

Semin, 28, has had 40- and 38-goal seasons in the past with the Washington Capitals, but his production fell to 21 goals and 33 assists in 2011-12.

LUONGO LOOKS AHEAD

Like Nash and Semin, goalie Roberto Luongo could be on the move -- but, again, who knows when?

Luongo was asked on Vancouver radio Friday whether he might be back with the Canucks next season.

"Never say never, but I think we all know what's going on, we've all seen what has developed," the 33-year-old said. "At the end of the day I think it's time to move on, and I'm OK with that. I've had a great six years in Vancouver and I think it's a wonderful city. I really enjoyed my time there. Sadly, I could never win a Cup there, which is probably my greatest regret, but it was a great six years."

CORDIAL START FOR LABOUR TALKS

The NHL and the players union have ended two days of labour talks with an agreement to meet next week to try to avoid a work stoppage.

The sides met for more than six hours in total Thursday and Friday in New York.

The current collective bargaining agreement expires Sept. 15.

"We had two productive days of meetings," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement.

"A number of important issues were raised on both sides of the table, all of which will be discussed more thoroughly as we get deeper into bargaining. We are pleased with the level of engagement and look forward to meeting again next week."

FOLIGNO GOES BLUE

The Blue Jackets have signed a potential replacement for Nash in left winger Nick Foligno.

Five days after acquiring him in a trade with the Ottawa Senators, the Jackets have signed Foligno to a three-year contract worth a reported $9.15 million.

The 24-year-old was a restricted free agent. He had 15 goals and 32 assists last season with the Senators.

CHIPCHURA STAYS IN DESERT

The Phoenix Coyotes re-signed forward Kyle Chipchura to a one-year contract Friday.

Chipchura, a restricted free agent, had three goals and 13 assists in 53 games for the Coyotes last season.

"Kyle is a hard-working, versatile forward who brings toughness and grit to our lineup," Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said.

The 26-year-old was a first-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 2004.

Among other signings Friday:

* The Florida Panthers gave defenceman Keaton Ellerby a one-year contract extension. Ellerby drafted 10th overall by the Panthers in 2007, has two goals and 15 assists in 116 career games.

* The Tampa Bay Lightning signed goaltender Anders Lindback to a two-year deal. He was acquired last month in a trade with the Nashville Predators. The 24-year-old Swede was a backup to Pekka Rinne the past two seasons, going 16-13-2 with a 2.53 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.

* The Lightning also signed defenceman Matt Taormina to a one-year, two-way contract. The 26-year-old had four goals and eight assists in 47 games with the New Jersey Devils the past two seasons.

BRIEFLY

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman had discussed signing Martin Brodeur before the veteran goalie elected to remain with the New Jersey Devils. "I don't think it says anything about (the state of the Blackhawks goaltending)," Bowman told the Chicago Daily Herald. "We're very comfortable with our goaltending." ... Organizers are pushing for a referendum on the city of Glendale's lease deal with Greg Jamison, the prospective owner of the Coyotes, the Phoenix Business Journal reported Friday. The anti-Coyotes lobby needs slightly more than 1,100 signatures to get the issue on a November ballot.


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