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Will Shea Weber and Rick Nash still be with their teams in the next couple of months? (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

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Will Shea Weber and Rick Nash still be with their teams in the next couple of months? (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Even though the Boston Bruins are one of the teams on Rick Nash's “wish list,” one Boston writer doubts the winger will be pulling on the Black and Gold.

CSNNE.com's Joe Haggerty listed “several stumbling blocks” that stand in the way of a possible acquisition of Nash, chiefly the Blue Jackets’ steep asking price.

He claimed that price is either center Tyler Seguin or left winger Milan Lucic packaged with promising defenseman Dougie Hamilton.

Haggerty suggested contacting the Anaheim Ducks about the availability of right winger Bobby Ryan and perhaps offer center David Krejci as part of the return.

While hockey fans grow impatient waiting for Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson to move Nash, neither Howson nor the rumored suitors (Boston, Detroit, San Jose, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and the New York Rangers) are in any hurry to make it happen.

It's mid-July and with training camp another two months away (provided CBA talks don't interfere with the 2013 season's schedule) there's no pressure on either side to swing a trade.

Even if one or two suitor teams for Nash pursue other options, such as Ryan or Shane Doan, the rest would still be in the market for Columbus’ star. However, as the summer goes on, Nash might have to widen his wish list if he hopes to be dealt before the season begins.

Howson is convinced one of these teams will eventually crack and meet his asking price, while the interested clubs believe they can force him to lower it by waiting. Both sides believe time is on their side.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR WEBER?

Some good news for Nashville Predators fans: Josh Cooper of The Tennessean reported GM David Poile was working at re-signing defenseman Shea Weber to a long-term extension.

Weber, 26, is a restricted free agent who is a year away from being eligible for unrestricted free agency. That's given rise to concerns over Poile's course of action if contract negotiations stall or if Weber only opts for a one-year extension.

Cooper reported Poile recently had “a good conversation” with Weber’s agent and described his previous discussions with Weber as “constructive.”

As for the possibility of the Predators captain receiving an offer sheet, it’s expected Poile would match any offer.

Until Weber’s signature is on a long-term deal, however, expect his name to float about in this summer’s rumor mill.

BLACKHAWKS GOALIE DANCE

The Chicago Blackhawks interest in Martin Brodeur while he was available and rumored interest in Roberto Luongo generated speculation they were looking to replace current starting goalie Corey Crawford.

Coach Joel Quenneville, however, stuck by Crawford and chalked up his struggles last season to a sophomore slump. Quenneville said he was comfortable with the 27-year-old returning as the Blackhawks starter next season.

Quenneville downplayed his team’s interest in Brodeur, who eventually re-signed with the New Jersey Devils, by pointing out that when a goalie like him becomes available, “you have to at least visit that situation.”

They likely wanted to bring in the future Hall of Famer for a season to mentor Crawford and allow the latter to become more comfortable in the starter’s role.

Rumors of “mutual interest” between Luongo, currently being shopped by the Canucks, and the Blackhawks appear to stem from a recent interview in which he said Chicago was among the great cities to play in, though he never specifically expressed interest in joining the Hawks.

BERNIER ASKS OUT OF HOLLYWOOD

Los Angeles Kings backup goalie Jonathan Bernier believes the club will meet his trade demands before the start of training camp in September.

Bernier claimed he requested a trade prior to the February deadline, but management refused to move him.

It remains to be seen, however, if the Kings intend to trade him. Rich Hammond of LAKingsInsider.com believes if they get an offer that helps them long-term, they’ll trade Bernier; otherwise, they won’t.

Bernier has been linked to the Toronto Maple Leafs in trade rumors, but GM Brian Burke has said he doesn’t want to add an inexperienced goalie. 

Rumor Roundup appears Monday-Friday only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Eishockey News, Kukla's Korner and The Guardian, Charlottetown.

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