The New York Post writes that for the second time in four months, sources have confirmed the Rangers are engaged in a high-speed pursuit of Rick Nash.

Just as was the case during the chase leading up to the Feb. 27 trade deadline, general manager Glen Sather remains unconcerned about the cap implications of the Columbus winger’s contract that runs through 2017-18 at an annual $7.8 million charge that is exceeded in the NHL by only Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Eric Staal.

Rather, the GM is more apprehensive about the Rangers’ lack of offense during the playoffs, in which the team was limited by Ottawa, Washington and New Jersey netminders to two goals or fewer in 15 of 20 games and could score as many as four only once, that in the opening game of the first round.

The question now, as it was in late February — when Columbus GM Scott Howson got greedy and demanded a combination of players including Chris Kreider; Derek Stepan or Carl Hagelin; Ryan McDonagh or Michael Del Zotto; plus Brandon Dubinsky and a first-rounder — is what the Jackets will be willing to accept and how much Sather will be willing to yield in return for the 28-year-old winger, whose numbers on the ice have never quite matched the hype attached to him.

The question within that question is how much Nash, whose average season yields 35 goals and 31 assists, has been weighed down trying to carry an inferior franchise through the entirety of a nine-year NHL career in which his team has made the playoffs once, only to be swept?

Up to a half-dozen teams — including Philadelphia, San Jose, Carolina, perhaps Toronto and perhaps Boston — are in the race, but the Rangers could end the derby in a heartbeat by agreeing to send Kreider to Columbus. There is less chance of that occurring than of Sean Avery returning to the team as an assistant coach.


  1. nordiques100 says:

    Best bet is Dubinsky, a 1st, Del Zotto and Kreider.

    Rangers are really better off just going after Radulov and find a way to keep both Del Zotto and Kreider.

    • Steven_Leafs0 says:

      Doubt the Rangers do it but that is what it would take to make the deal.

      I’m hearing a rumor that Radolov is heading to the KHL, I’m not sold on it but I wouldn’t be surprised if it is true.

    • I had a dream that NYR traded Dubinsky, Girardi, Prust and 1st for Nash. ..That was a bad dream. And then Columbus finished first and the dream got worse.

  2. reinjosh says:

    Draft prediction time. A lot of my reasoning is based on need. This draft seems to be so close in terms of talent that BPA is really subjective.

    1) Oilers – Yakupov – You can’t pass on this guy. Murray is solid and NHL ready but he’s not top pick material. Oiler’s take the winger who’s likely more skilled than Hall. Alt:Murray

    2) Columbus – Reinhart – Columbus needs a big shutdown guy and Reinhart is that. He’s got offensive upside but can be a top pairing shutdown guy. Alt: Murray

    3) Montreal – Galchenyuk – Bergevin goes after the top line center Montreal needs. Gally is highly skilled and has top end work ethic.

    4) NYI – Murray – A great fit. Solid all around guy that’s NHL ready. A good piece to add to the future core.

    5) Toronto – Forsberg – Sort of a Sundin like demeanour. Has decent size and some good upside. Not an ideal pick but one that should work out fine. All around two-way guy that can shoot. Likely a top 6 forward but not top line. He’d be a good fit on the wing behind Kessel and Lupul.

    6) Anaheim – Dumba – With Schultz leaving, adding a dman with high calibre skill is a plus. Dumba is a good fit. His high end offensive game is enticing.

    7) Minnesota – Jacob Trouba – A Minnesota born offensive dman? Sounds like a Minnesota pick. They have a huge need for dman, especially a PMD and Trouba’s high upside makes him a great fit here.

    8) Carolina – Grigorenko – He falls, but not past Carolina. He’s big, highly skilled and a center. Something Carolina could use. Allowing him to develop behind Staal is a huge plus.

    9) Winnepeg – Teravainen – They don’t really have a lot of true skill on the team. Teravainen not only has that in spades, he’s also the best player available. They could use a dman but Teravainen’s much to skilled to pass up at nine.

    10) Tampa Bay – Reilly – Reilly is a slick skating, puck moving dman. He’s on the smaller side but he makes up for it in offensive skill. He fits Tampa’s need for a PMD. They don’t have to worry about size on the backend anyways with Aulie and Hedman filling that requirement. Plus he’s the BPA as well.

    11) Washington – Olli Maatta – With the first of two pick, Washington grabs a guy that tore up the OHL playoffs. His upside is high and he has the makings of an all around top line stud. Before the playoffs it was suspected his offensive upside wasn’t that high. That isn’t a concern any longer.

    12) Buffalo – Radek Faksa – With the first of two picks, Buffalo chooses a guy that can be a long term fit for the 2nd line center spot. He’s got everything you look for in a player: leadership, defensive responsibility, size and skill (albeit it not top line skill). He’s near NHL ready too.

    13) Dallas – Girgensons – a guy whose stuggled with injuries, he’s got some good potential and has sort of flown under the radar. Dallas adds a potential top 6 forward, something they could really use.

    14) Calgary – Hertl – Going slightly off the board, the Flames grab someone who is both big and talented. He fits a team need for center, but doesn’t go against Feaster’s new focus on drafting skill.

    15) Ottawa – Collberg – The most talented forward left on the board, and conveniently Swedish, Collberg goes to Ottawa. With recent Swedish successes in Silfverberg and Karlsson, Ottawa goes for another.

    16) Washington – Brendon Gaunce – With their 2nd first rounder, the Capitals go with a character guy who could be a long term fit for the 2nd line center spot.

    17) San Jose – Cody Ceci – I wanted so badly to have them take Matt Finn (for obvious reasons) but they can’t pass on the BPA in Ceci. He’s got a fantastic offensive game, and a very good defensive game to go with it. Teams will pass on him since he’s one of the older players in the draft and isn’t expected to grow much more, but some will regret it. Any player this high is a good thing for a system that is shockingly weak.

    18)Chicago – Malcolm Subban – With a decently deep and well balanced system, the Hawks take the only thing they lack. Subban is superbly athletic and likely the top goaltender in teh draft. He doesn’t have the same cockiness as his brother but doesn’t lack self esteem either

    19) Tampa Bay – Tom Wilson – Their second picks is used to recover the loss of Ashton. Wilson is a similar player. He had one of the most impressive combine results, showing strength and a high lung capacity. He had an excellent playoff run too, showing that maybe his offensive upside in that of a top 9 forward.

    20) Philadelphia – Slater Koekkoek – Koekkoek missed a larger chunk of the season but played decently well on the leagues third worst team. He showed improved offensive play this season but wasn’t able to show he could sustain it. Could be an all around stud in the future who flew under the radar as a result of his shoulder injury. Philly doesn’t complain.

    21) Buffalo – Henrik Samulesson – Samuelsson had a huge playoff run, and his package of size and skill is enticing. Buffalo adds more size to their system and a lot more pain for opposing players.

    22) Pittsburgh – Stefan Matteau – A power forward left wing with a scoring touch. Fits very well into the Pittsburgh system and would be a great addition to their prospect pool. Potentially a future linemate for Crosby or Malkin.

    23)Florida – Matt Finn – Another team with a deep, well stocked system, Florida goes with BPA.

    24) Boston – Derrick Pouliot – Undersized but with some good offensive instincts. Boston lacks PMD’s within their system, so Pouliot is a good fit. Has good development potential on the Winterhawks.

    25) St Louis – Hampus Lindholm – Good size, and solid all around game. A good potential top 4 guy to play behind Pietrangelo and Shattenkirk.

    26) Vancouver – Brady Skej – Another large dman, with a more defensive game.

    27) Phoenix – Philip Di Giuseppe – A winger who can both shoot and score. Isn’t afraid to drive to the net. With a need for forwards with offense, Phoenix takes him.

    28) New York – Nicolas Kerdiles – Similar player to Chris Kreider, NYR tries their hand at it again. Speedy, big, and deceptive on the offensive attack. He’s can play both center and wing as well, as a playmaker in the center spot, and goal scorer on the wing.

    29)New Jersey – Oscar Dansk – They kept the pick for a reason, likely because they are targeting a specific player. While Dansk hasn’t received more attention than Subban or Vasilevski, he’s just as talented, if not more. Fits the need for a long term goaltender too.

    30)CBJ/LA (Columbus’s choice) – Martin Frk – high potential player. Not overly tall but a solidly built player. Was expected to be a top 10 pick just one year ago but fell due to a long concussion recovery period. Similar player to Matt Frattin. Good offensive instinct, power forward type player, great shot.

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