Nash requested trade to help Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO (AP) – Columbus Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash says he asked for a trade to both help the team and his career.

He’s unsure of what the reaction might be from fans who feel he is abandoning them after the four-time All-Star and Olympic gold medalist told management he prefers to play for another team.

He has been the face of the Blue Jackets for nine seasons. The Blue Jackets host the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. Nash spoke to his teammates before their morning skate.

Interim coach Todd Richards says there have been no discussions about taking the team captaincy away from Nash. The team, unable to trade Nash before Monday’s deadline, will try to deal Nash this summer.