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February 5, 2012 | 11:54am ET
How desperate are the Blue Jackets?

According to the Ottawa Sun, the Columbus Blue Jackets may be willing to move captain Rick Nash as they could receive a big return for the star forward.

The Jackets, who currently sit in last place of the Western Conference and are out of playoff contention for the third straight season, would most likely look to get a top young player, a prospect and a first-round pick in exchange for Nash.

Although the New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings have expressed interest in the 27-year-old winger, his $7.8 million cap hit through 2018 could make it difficult for either club to finalize a deal, which would most likely occur in the off-season.

In 52 games this season, Nash has collected 17 goals and 17 assists for 34 points.

The Jackets' first priority remains to deal center Jeff Carter, whom they acquired over the summer.

The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to be interested in the forward, the Sun claims, but his extended high-priced contract could have GM Brian Burke look elsewhere for help up front.

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