Those who have read this blog for a time know we have high regard for Riley Nash. Math loves him, he’s got a great big brain and he’s a center. A lot to like. The Edmonton Oilers loved him draft day 2007, to the point where the club traded up to get him (this was the final KP draft, coincidentally).

Since then, the club has not been enamored with his choice of college (Cornell), the league the Big Red play in (apparently it is inferior to other NCAA leagues) and his inability to put on weight (we’ll call it Niinimaki syndrome).

At Lowetide we love Riley Nash; we’ve written about him about 30 times and most of those posts have been glowing. What’s not to like? Math suggests he has improved season over season and now we have confirmation that other NHL teams believe he has some value. Guy Flaming’s latest ponderings give us some valuable information.

  • Dean (Millard) has learned that the two teams had talks earlier this season involving Riley Nash and Mikko Lehtonen. We’re not sure if it was a 1-for-1 swap but after we both spoke with sources from teams in each conference, we know that Nash does have some value around the league. In this case we’re led to believe that it was Edmonton that wouldn’t green light the trade.

The same article suggests Montreal also liked Nash around draft day. If the Oilers don’t sign Nash by next summer they will be compensated with (I believe) the 51st overall pick in 2012. That’s the line in the sand for Nash; if the Oilers are going to trade him the value has to be higher than the 51st pick in next season’s amateur selection.

Is Lehtonen better? Haven’t a clue. The value in the article from Guy is that the Oilers are talking to teams and Riley Nash is in the conversation. The chances of Nash playing for the Oilers cannot be great at this moment.

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