First off i know there is a less than 1% chance that rick nash gets traded, but after this year big chages are expected. ESPN rumors even went as far to say that Nash could be placed on the block this summer so here is the question. What could columbus get for Nash if he were to be traded, it could either be a package deal for say someone like Evgeni Malkin. or could be sent over for a package of Draft picks, prospects and roster players. Here is are a few trades that are plausable (although unlikely)
Pitt gets their top line Winger to play with Crosby While Columbus gets their number 1 center. Pitt could also use Brassard on the third line and bump Staal to the 2nd while columbus could use Kunitz (primarily for cap relief for pit) on the 2nd or third line. Columbus would also keep Vermette on the 2nd line until Johanson is ready for that role (and either let vermette walk/trade or use him as a third line center giving columbus one of the deepest teams at Center) as for Wings Umberger Calvert Voracek and upshall and Kunitz are viable top 6 wings. assuming Calvert takes a step forward next year with a regular playing time. also keep in mind that the likes of Moreau and Clark will be leaving freeing up cap space.
Rick Nash To Atlanta for Zack Bogosian, Alex Burmistrov, 1st round pick.
Columbus gets a Defenseman with Elite Potential, a potential top 6 forward, and a most likly a good draft pick while droping nearly 8 million dollard worth of cap space. yes Bogosian is an RFA but i will bet he won't sign for more than 4 million dollars this year maybe 5 if who ever lands him wants to buy out some UFA years. thats still ALOT less than what nash will be making. and Juices 5 mill contract will be up after next year.
Again this is all just for a fun game of Armchair GM. try to make it somewhat possible (don't offer Nash for Crosby strait up because you know that won't happen) try to make package deals and as few strait up deals as possible to make it more fun, and explain why the trade is not completly impossible. and you MUST use rick nash to get the exciting Blockbuster deal.