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Rick Nash Trade Rumors: San Jose Sharks Reportedly Serious Contenders

The San Jose Sharks were embarrassed Tuesday, losing 6-3 to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Something has happened that has made them unable to really put up scoring production, and it's hard to really say that the loss of Devin Setoguchi and Dany Heatley has resulted in such a big change. They're losers in their last four games, and their schedule doesn't get any easier, with a very tough second half. Something needs to change.

With the Feb. 27 trade deadline fast approaching, many are wondering if the Sharks are going to make a move. Rick Nash has been the popular topic of discussion, and it's pertinent to basically every team in the league. For the Sharks, they're one of the teams on Nash's approved list, which is significant because he has a no-movement clause in his contract. They haven't been considered one of the primary options for Nash and the Blue Jackets, however.

But an option is only as interesting as the option makes itself in any situation. In this instance, the option (the Sharks) appear to be in heavy pursuit of Nash. Darren Dreger of TSN reported that the Sharks are a strong contender for Nash, and that they'll be in the mix with potential deals up to the deadline.

As already noted, there's a lot to consider for the Sharks. For one, it's a deal unlike Doug Wilson's usual - he's not generally the type to make a huge move during the season, and prefers the offseason. For two, it could cost San Jose an awful lot to get Nash. Good news is that the conversations exclude Logan Couture, as the Sharks have already taken him off the table. A potential deal that starts with Couture is not a good one for the Sharks, by any stretch of the imagination.