So as to not jump back (at least not now) - I'll just move forward.
Yesterday's Inside Hockey had an interview with Rick Nash, his agent, coach Ken Hitchcock, and the GM of Columbus, Scott Howson. And a testament to a young player that truly gets what "team" means.
He took less money than he would have commanded on the open market to stay in Columbus. But he and his agent were on the same page. He wanted to stay in Columbus, he wanted to be a player the city - a city of no other professional teams - could rally around.
Any other teams he wanted to play for? He grew up a Maple Leafs fan, so he always wanted to wear the Maple Leaf.
"Luckily for me I grew up playing with the Marlies, so I already had that," Rick said.
Hitchcock was pleased and both he and Howson feel it helped bring other players to the team, after news was out that Rick had been locked up to a long term deal.
Hitchcock said Rick's signing became a feeling for the hockey community of "what's right with Columbus" rather than "what's wrong with Columbus."
The strongest testament again to Rick's team first attitude.
"At the end of the day Columbus is just too good of a city and I'm a loyal guy."
Good for him, and great for Columbus.
If you have 5 minutes, check it out here.