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January 5, 2012 | 10:20am ET
Nash frustrated with season

Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash is disappointed and upset with how his season has played out thus far, as the team sits 20 points back of a playoff spot.

"This has definitely been the toughest season of my career," Nash told the Columbus Dispatch.

Nash and the Blue Jackets have only made the playoffs once since the franchise joined the NHL, losing four straight in the first round to the Detroit Red Wings a few seasons ago.

"It's disappointing. It's frustrating," Nash said. "It's been a tough year up to date for everybody in the organization. But you can't look back. You have to look forward."

Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson is expected to be extremely busy between now and the Feb. 27 trade deadline, as several players are available, including forwards Derick Brassard, Kristian Huselius, Samuel Pahlsson, Antoine Vermette and Vinny Prospal, and defenseman Fedor Tyutin.

It has been widely speculated that center Jeff Carter could also be moved, though it appears unlikely, at this point.

When asked if he'd consider waiving his no-trade clause if the Blue Jackets asked him to, Nash indicated that his preference is to stay in Columbus, but he wouldn't stand in the team's way if that's the direction their choose to go.

"That's a tough question to answer in a situation like this," Nash said. "I love Columbus. I love being here. I love being a Blue Jacket.

"The city of Columbus deserves a winner and deserves a good product on the ice. If it comes to that -- like you said, all speculation -- but if they don't want me here, they want to move me? I'm not going to do something where it's going to hurt the franchise just because I have that in my contract."

Nash, 27, has a no-movement clause and would have final say on any deal the team tries to make. However, the Blue Jackets have been adamant that they have no plans on trading him, let alone considering it.

The Brampton, Ontario native is in the second-year of an eight-year contract.

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