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Kings Trade Rumors 2012: Kings Among Five Teams On Rick Nash's Approved List

The Los Angeles Kings will undoubtedly try to upgrade at the NHL trade deadline, with their most likely target being offense by February 27. The headliner among offensive players available is left winger RIck Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who is on the trading block.

The number one overall pick in the 2002 NHL Draft and nine-year NHL veteran has reportedly given Columbus, the only team he has ever known, a list of teams to which he would accept a trade. The Kings are believed to be among the teams for which Nash would waive his no-movement clause, per Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun:

Nucks not on Rick Nash's 'approved list', says Columbus writer Aaron Portzline. The five are: Leafs, Bruins, NYR, Sharks, Kings. #canucks

Nash has 18 goals and 21 assists in 57 games for the Blue Jackets, who have the worst record in the NHL. No King has more than 17 goals (Anze Kopitar) and the club is averaging just 2.11 goals per game, 30th among 30 NHL teams this season.

Nash is signed through the 2017-2018 season with a salary cap figure of $7.8 million.

For the Blue Jackets' point of view on a potential Rick Nash trade, be sure to read SB Nation Cleveland. For more news and notes on Kings hockey, be sure to read Jewels From The Crown.