Rangers considering trade for Nash

The Rangers have conquered distractions all season — including the late September/early October tour through Europe, the omnipresent cameras that recorded HBO’s “24/7” series and the Winter Classic in Philadelphia on Jan. 2 — to roll to a nine-point lead in the Eastern Conference, a 10-point lead in the Atlantic Division and first overall in the NHL with a .718 percentage. Now, however, the Rangers face potentially the most damaging distraction of them all: players dealing with being named in trade speculation in advance of the Feb. 27 deadline, and those specifically who might be involved in a possible mega-deal for Blue Jackets star wing Rick Nash.

“As things heat up, it’s probably a good idea to discuss it in the room,” Brad Richards told The Post before last night’s 3-0 triumph over the Bruins. “It can be a very difficult situation for a player to hear his name involved in trade rumors.

“It’s a part of our business, and you have to learn how to deal with it and to trust things will work out for the best, but having gone through it twice, I know it affected me the first time [before going from Tampa Bay to Dallas at the 2008 deadline] and I know that it can have an impact on a player and a team.”

As reported yesterday on NYPost.com, the Rangers have held preliminary talks with the Blue Jackets regarding Nash, the 27-year-old, 6-foot-4, 220-pound power forward who has a contract with a cap hit of $7.8 million per that runs through 2017-18.

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33 Responses to Rangers considering trade for Nash

  1. reinjosh says:


    Good read on the complications of the trade. Friedman is more speculating and looking at the complications and who could fit afterwards but its a good piece. 
    He also says he's asked GM's if they think he will be moved, and apparently consensus is yes, he will be. 
  2. dumbassdoorman says:

    If, and I said If he is moved you have to think they ask for a list of at least 5 teams. The team willing to take the most bad money back not the best offer might end up with Nash. Not saying it won't have to be a good offer, but money always talks!!

  3. thisgamewelose says:

    The next week is going to be such a nightmare for me.  Rangers, please don't trade for him. 🙁

  4. reinjosh says:

    I have the same thoughts with the Leafs, although the idea of acquiring him is enticing. He's alluring enough to want but there are just warning signs that may not make him a fit on either team. 

  5. reinjosh says:

    I don't think Sather would do it anyways. It doesn't make much sense from a Rags point of view. He would give a boost in scoring but he would create issues around Gabs and Richards, both who are already chemistry issues. I don't see any reason to potential make it worse.

  6. TheLeafNation91 says:

    They shouldn't…They have Chris Kreider coming up ina  year or two.

    Right now, the New York Rangers are in the best spot of all teams in the NHL.

    The best team, with some great players…And even worse, great prospects.

    People in NY should be excited…A dynasty can soon happen.

  7. thisgamewelose says:

    Don't get me wrong, him playing with Richards would be pretty freakin' awesome to watch, but I'm not prepared to take that contract back and give up Kreider.  Like you pointed out, the lines would be different, and I see no reason to go ahead and make that change when they're sitting in first.

  8. blaze says:

    A dynasty, really?

  9. reinjosh says:

    Yeah exactly. You have something good right now, no need to mess with it. Not to mention that contract puts you in a hard place. It's just not a trade I think New York needs to make or even should make. 

  10. thisgamewelose says:

    Wo0t Wo0t!  Haha, I'm not going to brag about the team, yet….but here's hoping your right.

  11. mapleleafsfan says:

    I'd take the bruins over the rangers personally. They rely on thomas less than the rags rely on lundqvist. Take lundqvist out of nyr and they aren't a whole lot better than the leafs. As good as their young d have been, I'm willing to bet if you put an inconsistent goalie back there they show a lot more weakness than we see now. I mean stralman is a +12 and he's never been a + player before. If something happens to lundqvist they aren't serious competitors anymore imo. Also with rask coming there, boston is set in goal for a long time. Can't say I know much about nyr goalie prospects though. 

    NYR have some nice prospects and young players but nothing on Seguin.  

    I'm a big fan of the makeup of the bruins and think they are the closest thing to a dynasty right now (after detroit, who are competitors every year).
  12. mapleleafsfan says:

    This sounds like I'm hating on nyr too much haha… Don't get me wrong, NYR have a great time and and really good future, I just think Boston is a step above. 

  13. mapleleafsfan says:

    Team*… and forget one of the ands lol.

  14. Boston_Bruins says:

    It's bad timing to say this after the game Lundqvist had last night, but I think he gets a bit too much credit personally. He's definitely right at the top for best goalies in the league, but I'd put the Rangers group of defensemen at the very top of the league as well. They are absolutely insane at clogging up the middle and blocking shots. It's so frustrating to play a team that get stifle you that much.

    But I'd take the Bruins long-term as well, simply because I don't think the offensive depth is comparable between the two teams, and the ability of pretty much all of the forwards to play a two-way game. The best Bruins forwards are relatively young as well.
  15. KingCanada says:

    Makes no sense to trade for Nash when they are already first in the East by a fair margin!!  Should they not be trying to just add smaller pieces for a deep playoff run instead?  Why fix what aint broke!!

    With Staal back and the Rangers being one of the best defensive team in the league…I think they need an extra forward or 2?

    No need to trade Kreider, the Rangers have ALL of their picks in the drafts (except a few late rounders) that they can use to maybe acquire Tuomo Ruutu or maybe even Travis Moen instead??

    But as we have seen in the past…this is Glen Sather were talking about…

  16. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I'm just basing this on Gaborik is a pretty elite scorer, Richards is a number 1 center…And Callahan is one of my favorite captains.

    As well, Anismov, Dubinsky, and Stepan will grow and continue to improve. They are very underrated. Kreider and JT Miller are gritty scorers…They will make a huge impact on this team (in whatever role their put in) once they make it to the NHL.

    The defence is great like you say, and Tim Erixon and Dylan Mcilarth are another 2 decent prospects this team has at that position….And King Henrik is consistent as hell, so its hard to argue against him.

  17. TheLeafNation91 says:

    They should look to add Kubina or Visnosky…A cheap option that can provide some offence from the backend. They will be hard to beat after that.

  18. reinjosh says:
    Many of the same things could be said for the Bruins.
    I'm not sure the Rangers really rank above the Bruins even though they are above them in the standings. The Bruins differential is almost a third better than the Rangers. 
    There 4th in GA, 1st in GF and that's with the absolute horrendous first month. If they didn't have a cup hangover? I would think they would be miles ahead of anyone in the NHL.
    The Rangers are nicely built and maybe one of teh best in the league going forward, but the Bruins are the best going forward. The core is almost perfectly built for a run now, run next year, and runs for years to come. 
    They have replacements for every major veteran they might lose (Hamilton for Chara), developing young players that are growing (Seguin, Marchand, Rask) and a nice mix of young vets that play underrated games (Bergeron, Seidenberg, Horton, Krejci).
    If anything, the two teams are even moving forward. At worst for the Bruins. 
  19. KingCanada says:

    Ya I could agree with that, an extra forward and an extra D and then there set.  No need to part with more then a couple draft picks I believe.

    Kubina would be the cheaper and easier option to fit in their cap tho.  Smaller cap hit and UFA. 

    Im not sure if they can fit Vishovsky in there, hes making 5+ mill and another year on his deal.  Would cost a little more.  Dont think Anaheim is selling either anymore for that matter…

  20. thisgamewelose says:

    Hearing how Chris Kreider is faster than Carl Hagelin has got me really excited to see him get a chance with the Rangers, toss in JT miller and Christian Thomas, and suddenly the Rangers have quite possibly the fastest team in the NHL.  Not sure if Thomas will make it next season, but I do think that he'll eventually earn a spot if we hang on to him.

    Ryan Bourque reminds me of a little of Ryan Callahan. If he turns into half the player Callahan is, I'll be extremely happy.

    As far as Goalie Prospects….the easy answer is NONE.  Some Goalies do peak later than others, but Chad Johnson is around 25 and I'd say he'll be a backup a backup at best. Does a great job controlling rebounds. Puck sticks to him like he's some tempurpedic mattress, but I don't think he'll ever be anything more than a backup.  And Cam Talbot is big but I'm not sold on him in net.

  21. mapleleafsfan says:

    Callahan is a beauty. That's the kind of captain I want. I'm still not sold on phaneuf and not sure I will be. Just kind of annoys me. 

    I guess goalie depth is one area NY should look at before TOO long. I mean they are fine for a while, but I'd think it would make sense to bring in a young guy while lundqvist is still a top goalie in the league. Probably an awesome guy to learn from. Being that consistantly great, especially in a high pressure environment, is amazing. Probably be a great guy to develop someone behind.  
  22. reinjosh says:

    Miller for Pat Kane? 

    What say you members of HTR?

  23. TheLeafNation91 says:

    When it comes to the Bruins, you mentioned Hamilton will replace Chara…Which is huge.

    But the Rangers core should be set in stone…And at worst, they are adding then replacing or subtracting.

    Don't forget the Rangers are pretty young 2.

  24. reinjosh says:

    This is very true. Granted it all depends on the Rangers keeping this up.

    The Bruins core going forward is really only going to lose Chara and Thomas. Two big players, but only two. 
  25. 93killer93 says:

    Miller ++. It would be good for Buffalo. Being from there, he would be the guy they build their team around.  I guess the hawks could move him if they're getting a top 6 forward back.

  26. 93killer93 says:

    On a side note does anyone think there is any chance Buffalo moves Myers and Ennis.  If I'm Edmonton those are two guys i want to add.  Both are from Alberta, Myers is the guy they could build their defence around. If they can add Myers and Murray, that would be huge for them moving forward. 

  27. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    I don't think Myers is going to be moved, he's the future of their D-core

  28. Steven_Leafs says:

    I remember that rumor, it wont happen. It would have to be something like

    Miller, Roy, pick for Kane, Crawford

  29. 93killer93 says:

    I don't think that they will or even that they should trade Myers.  When I look at the teams in the 4-9 range in terms of picks this year, there are some notable young defencemen. 

    Myers, Hedman, Subban, Fowler, Bogosian. 
    I don't think any will be traded but the Oilers should pursue them.  I think it would be in their best interest to trade down from 2 grab Murray and one of these defenceman. Myers and Fowler would be my top choice.  
  30. thisgamewelose says:

    Trade down to the 2nd, grab a good player, trade the 2nd to the 3rd, grab a good player, then draft the best D. 🙂   (assuming Murray goes 3rd)

  31. reinjosh says:

    So apparently Kubina will be traded sometime between now and the deadline. The team held him out of practice and will do so until he's traded. They want to protect team interests. He was also asked for a list of teams he would go to (since he has a NTC).

    So no trade apparently, but likely will be one. Speculate 😛
  32. reinjosh says:

    Its the easiest way for them to get that dman they need so desperately. They would just need to make sure the 3rd place team isn't going to being wanting Murray too haha.

  33. KingCanada says:

    Send him to NYR!  But then again he could go anywere, pretty much every team aside from the Leafs is looking for an extra defenceman.

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