Rick Nash on the trading block; are the Rangers ready to pounce?

What is certain about the trade deadline is that the Columbus Blue Jackets will be open for business. The uncertainty is in the magnitude of their moves: Impending free agents, like Sammy Paulsson? Cancerous mistakes like Jeff Carter?

Or captain, star and face of the franchise Rick Nash …

Renaud Lavoie of RDS reported on Monday that an NHL general manager confirmed to him Nash is in play and has been offered around to some teams — news that was confirmed by a second source.

This comes one week after John Shannon of Sportsnet reported:

I have received a couple of calls from friends of Nash, who claim that Rick is very unhappy with the way the franchise is going and realizes it will take five more years to rebuild, again. Nash is now telling people close to him that he would entertain being moved, but still will not be the one who asks for a trade.

Always one who didn’t aspire to play in a big market with big pressure, it appears Nash now realizes that he might have to step into the spotlight in order to win. It is a very tough situation for a very classy player.

Columbus GM Scott Howson declined comment to Shannon (“John, I am not commenting on any rumours between now and deadline.”); he did the same on Monday night when Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch asked for comment on the RDS report.

If Nash is available, and amenable to being traded to a large market, could the New York Rangers be the destination?