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2013-14 NHL Trade Deadline Feature: New York Rangers

Written by Patrick Kearns of The Fourth Period and can be followed on twitter at @PatrickKearns

Rangers-deadlineThe New York Rangers have some extremely difficult decisions to make. This isn’t a typical trade deadline for the team, as Glen Sather has the arduous task of deciding whether or not to move the team’s Captain Ryan Callahan and long-time defenseman Dan Girardi. Clock’s ticking.

The Rangers are battling for a playoff spot in an extremely winnable metropolitan division this season, so they are certainly not selling players off, but with Callahan and Girardi both set to be free agents – and Callahan allegedly asking for a contract that rivals the proceeds of Antwerp Diamond heist – the pressure is on Sather to make a move. One that both benefits the team now and down the line.

The first requirement for the Rangers, should be a player on reasonable term, that is team-controlled beyond this season. They are not in the position to be loading up on rentals, as there is so much uncertainty with guys expiring deals in the next two years.

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Morning Rumors II: Hurricanes, Predators, Leafs, Oilers, Avs, Rangers, Penguins and Coyotes

  • Mark Spector: Cam Ward has a no-trade clause and a long history with the Hurricanes. GM Jim Rutherford really likes him. Seems like it would be a long shot for them to move him. Darren Dreger: A Cam Ward trade is possible, but it would require a big return for an in-season trade. He should return to the lineup next week.
  • The Fourth Period: Hurricanes goalies Anton Khudobin and Justin Peters have been in the rumors, and now it appears that Cam Ward may consider a change of scenery. Both Khudobin and Peters will be UFAs at the end of the season. If the Hurricanes are able to re-sign Khudobin, they could explore a Ward trade in the summer. They are currently looking for a top-six forward.
  • Mark Spector: Spector has heard the Predators may be interested in Oilers Sam Gagner.
  • The Fourth Period: Nazem Kadri could be the odd man out as the Maple Leafs look for a top-line center. It is thought that the Leafs could package Kadri and Jake Gardiner for a proven first line center, then move Tyler Bozak to the second line. This type of move may have to wait until the offseason. The Oilers and Leafs have talked, but Sam Gagner isn’t a top-line center. The Leafs have shown interest in Jeff Skinner and Paul Stastny in the past. They wouldn’t move Kadri for a pending UFA in Stastny.
  • James Mirtle: Darren Dreger said that if the Maple Leafs are going to trade Nazem Kadri, and there is a chance that they will, they will need a center to come back in the deal.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: If the Rangers decide to go the route of sellers by the trade deadline, they don’t have a lot to deal off their roster. They also don’t have a lot of resources in their system to bring in players if they want to go that route. They do need to get bigger. They could trade Michael Del Zotto for a defenseman that could play 16 minutes and have the ability to play in the top-four if need be. They are not deep enough to trade a J.T. Miller, Pavel Buchnevich or a 1st round pick. Dan Girardi and Ryan Callahan could be rental chips. If they think they could contend, they won’t move either of them. GM Glen Sather could look at what the Penguins may offer for Callahan to play along side Sidney Crosby.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Coyotes coach Dave Tippett on taking the next step.

    “You look at the last four years, we’ve been in survival mode,” Tippett said when we chatted before Tuesday night’s loss. “Where we are now, we want to take the next step as an organization. To do that, you have to be more than just scratch and claw. You have to be able to compete in all facets of the game. The facets of our game that were lacking were offensive production, power play, things like that. What we’ve done is we’ve enhanced some of that, but it’s taken away our bread and butter.”

    They will need to add more offense and skill if they want to compete with the top teams in the West.

  • Sean Fitz-Gerald: LA Kings scout Alyn McCauley was at the Leafs-Sabres game. John Ferguson Jr. was also there. Mike Harrington: Scouts from 14 teams at the game. A lot of them live in the area. Greg Brady: At the game: Sabres, Ducks, Kings, Predators, Flyers, Blackhawks, Blue Jackets, Stars and Coyotes.

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Morning Hits: Senators, Panthers, Blues, Flyers, Wings, Ducks, Blackhawks, Jets and Rangers

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Looking at if “every team in the league would take that guy right now,” for the Senators. Craig Anderson – probably not. Jason Spezza – no. If he’s not on your top two lines, he’s not on your team. Bobby Ryan – maybe as a right winger, but would unseat Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane in Chicago. Kyle Turris – maybe as a 3rd or 4th liner. Erik Karlsson – for sure. Chris Neil – absolutely. Zack Smith – possibly. Jared Cowen – maybe, maybe not. Marc Methot – maybe, maybe not. Clark MacArthur – yes.
  • Brittany Wallman of the Sun Sentinel: The Panthers are saying they are losing over $20 million a year and need more public money to survive. They are looking to redo their lease with Broward County. They also want to create a hotel and casino on the 22 acres north of the BB&T arena.

    “This organization has lost between $20 [million] and $30 million on an annual basis,” Yormark said, “and those dollars have been funded by our owners.”

  • St. Louis Blues: The Blues signed Ryan Reaves to a four-year contract extension worth $4.5 million.
  • Dirk Hoag: The Predators have sent Filip Forsberg to the AHL.
  • Helene St. James: The Red Wings have recalled Riley SheahanAnsar Khan: Coach Mike Babcock said that if Darren Helm isn’t ready for Saturday, he’d like to have Sheahan in at center. Wants to keep Justin Abdelkader on the wing.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Ducks recall John Gibson and send Frederik Andersen to the AHL.
  • ESPN Chicago: Corey Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks.
  • Winnipeg Sun Sports: The Jets have Dustin Byfulgien on a line with Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd.

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Morning Hits: PHI-CBJ’s Carter Trade Was Almost Bigger, Steen, Rangers, Vey and Schneider

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Back in June of 2011, the Blue Jackets and Flyers were working on a trade to include either Jeff Carter or Mike Richards. The Blue Jackets eventually got Carter for Jake Voracek, a 1st round pick and a third round pick in a draft day trade. The deal almost became a massive one when a day before the 2011 NHL draft, GM Paul Holmgren called then GM Scott Howson …

    “You want ‘em both?” Holmgren asked Howson, meaning Carter and Richards.

    Howson said he couldn’t do the deal without seriously depleting their picks and prospects. Portzline thinks that type of deal would have had to include Ryan Johnansen (2010 draft) and their 2012 1st round pick, which ended up being Ryan Murray, to go along with the pieces they discussed in the for just Carter.

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues GM Doug Armstrong on Alex Steen’s deal.

    “We were always working under the timetable that when Alexander was ready to talk, we would be there,” Armstrong said. “The breakfast was more just a state of the union with Alexander’s part of our leadership group. I felt it was going to get into his situation.

    “As soon as he said he was interested, I called and talked to (Blues owner) Tom Stillman. He talked to his ownership group and gave us the go-ahead. We called, made one offer and (Steen’s new agent) made a counter. It happened in two days. I wish they could all go this way — they do all go this way when you have joint interest, and that’s ‘We want the player here and the player wants to be here.’”

    The Blues presented multiple offers with a variety of term. They didn’t offer any deal that was seven or eight years. Steen on signing for just three years.

    “As far as the term goes, we feel that three years is a long time,” Steen said. “After that, we’ll probably quietly start discussing things again.”

  • Dan Rosen: The Rangers recalled J.T. Miller and have returned Dylan McIlrath and Arron Asham to the AHL.
  • Tom Gulitti: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Devils tonight.

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Oilers and Rangers Rumors: Hemsky, Yakupov, Del Zotto, Kreider and Miller

  • Jim Matheson: Matheson wonders about a Ales Hemsky for Michael Del Zotto deal. Hemsky’s $5 million salary could be an issue though.
  • Jim Matheson: Matheson wonders if the Oilers would be interested in Rangers Chris Kreider.
  • Patrick Kearns: “I think there’s a good chance they were eyeing Ducks players more so because Messier is probably pretty damn familiar with NYR players.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”the chatter around the league has really picked up. MacTavish is working the phones hard for a defenseman”
  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Willis thinks the Oilers have been looking at a Rangers defenseman: Marc Staal, Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi or Michael Del Zotto. Staal and McDonagh seem unlikely. Girardi is a UFA at the end of the season and has struggled. McDonagh is basically a left-handed version of Justin Schultz. Del Zotto is also a pending a free agent. Chris Kreider would be a nice fit for the Oilers. J.T. Miller might have the Oilers interest too. The Rangers also have some other guys who have size but play in a lesser role: Brian Boyle, Benoit Pouliot and Derek DorsettNail Yakupov is a player the Rangers GM Glen Sather would be interested in.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: If the Oilers and Rangers are discussing a trade, it’s unlikely the Rangers would give up Chris Kreider unless Nail Yakupov is involved. A source did say that Kreider could be their best player this season. He’s a big, fast winger, something the Oilers could use. He’s something the Rangers need too though. Odds are the Oilers are pitching Ales Hemsky. The Oilers have liked Michael Del Zotto for awhile.

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Injury Notes: Bolland, Bozak, Morrow, Lecavalier, Ovechkin, Eriksson, Callahan, Franzen and Kane

  • Stephen Whyno: Maple Leafs David Bolland is out indefinitely after having surgery to repair a tendon on the outside of his left ankle.
  • Tony Ambrogio: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak was put on the LTIR retroactive to Oct. 25th with a hamstring injury.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues Magnus Paajarvi isn’t ready to return yet. Brenden Morrow is not skating yet and will not travel with the team.
  • Tim Panaccio: Flyers Vincent Lecavalier is wearing a full bubble cage at practice. Lecavalier says that he’s playing and denies having a broken jaw.
  • Chuck Gormley: Capitals Alex Ovechkin back practicing and on a line with Brooks Laich and Nicklas Backstrom.
  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins Loui Eriksson skated with teammates today.
  • Larry Brooks: Appearing like Rangers Ryan Callahan will return to the lineup against the Ducks. J.T. Miller looking like a healthy scratch.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Johan Franzen is not expected to be in the lineup tonight, but is hopeful for Thursday.
  • Ansar Khan: Jets Evander Kane (lower-body) will be a game-time decision.

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Quick Hits: Predators, Biron and Asham, Yakupov, Miller, Talbot, Smith, Zolnierczyk and Mrazek

  • Harvey Fialkov: Predators GM David Poile said that he wanted to draft a forward but Panthers GM Dale Tallon beat him to it, but added that Seth Jones will be a star for years to come.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Rangers Martin Biron and Aaron Asham cleared waivers.
  • Hockey Central: Oilers Nail Yakupov will be back in the lineup tonight against the Penguins.
  • Helene St. James: The Red Wings recall goalie Petr MrazekHe’ll go back to the AHL after the Blue Jackets game as Jimmy Howard is going the Wings road trip.

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NHL Rumor Roundup from LeBrun and Garrioch

  • Tim Panaccio: A GM: “Vinny will make up what he lost. I’m glad I sat out 3-plus months for this. What a scam. It’s gonna be a bidding war for him.”
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Teams are allowed to talk to Vincent Lecavalier, but can’t sign him until July 5th

    “We have been reached out to by a number of teams, easily a dozen or more,” Kent Hughes, Lecavalier’s agent, told ESPN.com Friday afternoon. “This is the beginning of the process in trying to understand the various situations and trying to narrow it down.”

    Lecavalier mentioned he like the Red Wings going up, as well as the Canadiens.

    Stephen Weiss could be an option for the Red Wings, but they’ll have plenty of competition. If the Wings can’t find a center, they could always move Henrik Zetterberg to center. Valtteri Filppula is not close to a deal with the Wings, but both sides are expected to talk this weekend.

    Stars GM Jim Nill would like to add a veteran forward and is interested in Lecavalier and Weiss.

    Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller could be available for the right price. The Ducks aren’t shopping him, but if a deal makes sense for them, they could move on it.

    The Senators are trying to move up to the No. 5 to No. 10 range from their No. 17 slot.

    The Hurricanes are looking to move down from the No. 5 slot for a top four blueliner.

    The Bruins and Tuukka Rask’s agent will meet this weekend.

    Could see some sign-and-trades next week if UFA talks with their current teams breakdown.

  • Bruce Garrioch: On Lecavalier:

    “People want size. They want a big centre and they want to get a guy without having to give up somebody off their roster. That’s really slowed down the trade market in the last 24 hours,” said the executive.

    The Bruins and Jets may look to trade the negotiating rights to Andrew Ference and Ron Hainsey.

    The Rangers are quietly shopping J.T. Miller for immediate help.

    If the Leafs are able to move up from No. 21 in the draft, they’ll be interested in Max Domi.

    Ilya Bryzgalov’s agent has spoken with eight teams. The Oilers were one of the teams. Source said not to be surprised if the Islanders studied the option. He could also be a short term fix in with the Panthers.

    Oilers GM Craig MacTavish is trying hard to move Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky. Several teams have called the Oilers with interest in Nail Yakupov or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

    The Bruins are trying to move into the first round.

    The Hurricanes would move the No. 5 pick for a top four defenseman. Thinking is that if they keep the pick, they will pick Darnell Nurse.

    The Panthers are trying to trade Tomas Fleischmann before the draft. He has two years left with a salary cap hit of $4.5 million.

    The Islanders have told teams they will listen to offers on the No. 15 pick if they get a warm body back.

    The biggest mover and shaker at the draft could be Flyers:

    “Paul Holmgren is trying to do something big,” said a league executive. “He won’t move Claude Giroux or anything like that — but he wants to make a big deal.”

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Roster notes, lines, goalies: Sulzer, Miller, Giguere, Backes, Devils, Senators, Leafs, Stars, Oilers PP, Flyers, Bruins and Blue Jackets

  • Steve Zipay via twitter: Rangers Chris Kreider is being returned to the CT Whalers of the AHL. Looks like J.T. Miller is sticking with the team.
  • Adrian Dater via twitter: Avalanche goalie J.S. Giguere has left the team for personal reason. He’ll return on Sunday. Calvin Pickard has been recalled.
  • Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Blues David Backes has a groin strain: ”We’ll see how it goes hour to hour. Hopefully I can play tonight. I think it passed the test.”
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils lines: Ponikarovsky-Zajac-Kovalchuk; Elias-Henrique-Clarkson; Carter-Gionta-Bernier; Matteau/Barch-Josefson-Butler.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators lines: Condra-Turris-Silfverberg, Zibanejad-Da Costa-Alfredsson, Daugavins-Smith-Neil, Dziurzynski-Grant-O’Brien. Greening is the extra skater. Defensive pairings: Gryba-Methot, Wiercioch-Phillips, Lundin-Gonchar are defence pairings.
  • David Alter via twitter: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Bozak-Kessel, McClement-Grabovski-Kulemin, MacArthur-Kadri-Komarov, Orr-Steckel-McLaren-Brown.
  • Roger Millions via twitter: Probable Blues lines: Blues Perron Backes Oshie-Schwartz Berglund Stewart -McDonald Steen Tarasenko-Sobotka Nicol Reeves.
  • Mike Heika via twitter: Stars lines: Morrow-Benn-Jagr, Smith-Roy-Eriksson, Roussel-Eakin-Ryder, Nystrom-Fiddler-Garbutt.
  • Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers powerplay: Smyth-Gagner-Yakupov-Eberle-Whitney + Hall-RNH-Hartikainen-Hemsky-Potter.

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Deadline notes … Rangers made one last offer for Nash, Blue Jackets wanted different players … Panthers weren’t close on deals

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Sharks will be getting Douglas Murray and Martin Havlat back before the playoffs. Talks between them and the Blue Jackets for Rick Nash hit a roadblock when the Sharks refused to include Logan Couture. The Sharks did inquire about James van Riemsdyk. The Stars received about “12 to 14″ inquires over the past couple weeks for Steve Ott. The Canucks were offering Mason Raymond, but that wasn’t enough. The Stars were not going to trade Ott for picks or prospects. Burke didn’t trade any of his players for 1st round picks as he didn’t want to send the message to his players that they were giving up on the playoffs. The Capitals took calls on Roman Hamrlik but didn’t find a fit. The Red Wings looked at Paul Gaustad but didn’t have a 1st.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said he’ll continue to try and trade Rick Nash in the offseason. “This is too important for our franchise and our fans to do a deal that is not in our best interest.” The Rangers made a late offer of Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, J.T. Miller, Christian Thomas and a 1st round pick. Howson added:

    “I’ve had many teams express that they would have a ton more interest in the offseason,”“I just think it was the right thing to do, the truthful thing to do,” Howson said.“We wanted to make sure that everybody understood where everybody was on this issue because it’s a very important issue for our franchise.

    “I think things will continue to be amicable between Rick and the organization.”

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Brooks also noted the Rangers upped their offer to Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, J.T. Miller, Christian Thomas and a 1st round pick. Howson was after Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan McDonagh or Michael Del Zotto, Derek Stepan or Carl Hagelin, Chris Kreider, and a 1st round pick.
  • George Richards of the Miami Herald: Panthers GM Dale Tallon said he didn’t come close to making a deal. There was talk that they might move pending UFA defenseman Jason Garrison, but decided against it.

    “We made a lot of phone calls and identified what we wanted to add to our lineup,’’ Tallon said. “We couldn’t get what we wanted without mortgaging our future. There just wasn’t a lot of activity. … I’m happy with our team. We improved it. We’re going to stay with the team that has 70 points, is in first place and is battling for a playoff spot.’’

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Rick Nash Trade Rumors

I’ll continue to add Rick Nash trade rumors to this post, bumping old ones to a jump page when it gets to long. Here are links to 2 previous entries HC Rick Nash Trade Tracker Videos and Rumors, and Blue Jackets put Rick Nash on the trade market.

Feb. 26th 8:15 PM

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Obviously possible Rick Nash could move by tomorrow but it were close in any way do you think CBJ would’ve played him today?”
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Teams that have the most interest in Nash don’t think he’ll be moved and are looking at other players.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Rangers weren’t willing to pay the price for Nash prior to today, and today the Blue Jackets asked for more than they initially asked for. Can’t really blame the Rangers for not wanting to blow up their team to make a Nash deal.

11:15 AM

  • David Boclair of the Nashville City Paper: The Predators have made an offer Nash. It’s unlikely the Blue Jackets would want to trade within their division. The Preds offer could include: Colin Wilson, Ryan Ellis or Jonathan Blum and multiple picks and/or prospects
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Blue Jackets haven’t spoken with the Maple Leafs in days. Leafs will keep trying, but Gardiner remains untouchable.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Belief before the Maple Leafs loss to the Capitals that the Leafs interest in Nash was minimal, and they they were driving up the price for the Rangers.
  • Sam Carchidi via twitter: The Flyers are still talking with Blue Jackets about Nash, but nothing serious has developed. The Jackets want several of the Flyers young players.

9:00 AM

  • The Fourth Period: The Rangers may include Carl Hagelin (Rangers want Stepan) to go along with Brandon Dubinsky, Chris Kreider and a 1st round pick. The Blue Jackets are asking the Maple Leafs for Jake Gardiner, Joe Colborne, Matt Frattin and a 1st round pick.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Leafs, Rangers, and Sharks have offers in on Rick Nash, and have all said the offer could be better in the summer. The Rangers and Leafs are being aggressive as they have more parts to offer than the Sharks.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: The Sharks are still interested in Nash, but could probably make a better offer in the offseason. The Maple Leafs and Rangers are still in.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson should go after Derek Stepan over Brandon Dubinsky. Howson wants Chris Kreider, the Rangers best prospect. He also wants either Ryan McDonagh or Michael Del Zotto, but McDonagh isn’t going anywhere. Dylan McIlray or Tim Erixon are also options. After the Carter deal, defense is not a top priority for Howson. He could use some 1st round picks to take a run at Canucks Cory Schneider this offseason. They already have their own and the Kings.

Feb. 25th 9:50 PM:

  • Spector’s Hockey via twitter: Elliotte Friedman suggested on the Hotstove that the Blue Jackets might not move Nash by Monday. They’ve shifted their focus to forwards for Nash.
  • Chris Botta via twitter: Botta can see the Rangers best offer for Nash as Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, a 2012 1st round pick and a conditional pick based on Rangers success the next 2 years.
  • Todd Cordell via twitter: Bob McKenzie reported that the Canucks are jumping into the trade market, with Nash a possibility.

4:40 PM

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Rick Nash’s agent spoke with TSN and said the following: “We’re hopeful a deal can get done prior to the trade deadline that is fair and equitable for the Blue Jackets…” .. “However, if a deal is not reached, then the list of acceptable teams will not change at a later date.”

2:05 PM

  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: Rangers remain firm that they aren’t going to trade Michael Del Zotto or Ryan McDonagh in a deal with Columbus for Nash.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Hearing that the Blue Jackets want Derek Stepan badly, but might settle for Carl Hagelin. Brandon Dubinsky, Chris Kreider, Stepan or Hagelin, and a pick (may not be a 1st). There could be more coming from the Blue Jackets. May boil today to Stepan or Hagelin.

9:00 AM

  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: “No guarantees #CBJ captain Rick Nash is traded by Monday’s deadline, but might be best for all parties to have a quick ending to this.” …”#CBJ have set the bar very high and are waiting for other teams to meet their requirements. So far, none of them have done so.” … “#CBJ approach is that they don’t have to trade Nash, but several possible suitors and the Nash camp are getting impatient w the process.” … “Might be best if #CBJ fans come to terms with the fact that Nash is likely going to be traded. Might not happen at deadline, but …” … “… chances of Nash being with the Blue Jackets at the start of next season are slim.”

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Blue Jackets reportedly put Rick Nash on the trade market

Feb. 14th 6:30 PM:

4:45 PM:

  • Helene Elliott via twitter: A Kings source says there is no truth to the recent rumor that Nash is going to the Kings. (Rumored deal was Nash to Kings for Bernier, Penner, Hunter and a pick)
  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson was given a list of teams that Rick Nash would waive his no movement clause for. Believed to be a short list.
  • @b1rky via twitter: Pierre LeBrun said on TSN1050 that the Canucks and Kings have both talked to the Blue Jackets.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers have had preliminary discussions with the Blue Jackets about Nash. The asking price is in excess of a speculated package including Bandon Dubinsky, Chris Kreider and a 1st round pick. GM Scott Howson scouted the Rangers-Flyers game on Saturday.
  • Katie Strang via ESPN: Strang also notes a package could include Dubinsky, Kreider and a 1st, if not more. The Rangers also have Tim Erixon, J.T. Miller, Christian Thomas and Dylan McIlrath.

12:45 PM:

  • Shawn Mitchell via twitter: Rick Nash: “I’ve played my whole career here so it’s a special place to me. As of right now I’m a Blue Jacket.”
  • Dennis Bernstein via twitter: “History shows when dealing a star, team rarely gets equal value. Smart team empties vault for Rick Nash.”
  • Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: 2 GMs inquired about Nash on Friday and were given a firm ‘No.’ Something changed quickly. This doesn’t mean Scott Howson will trade Nash at by the deadline, but he’ll definitely be listening to offers. LeBrun think Nash’s camp may have went to Howson and said he’d be open to moving. Burnside notes that the Kings, Rangers and Maple Leafs would be interested. The Blue Jackets may want a 1st round pick, a couple NHL ready prospects, maybe a young roster player. Howson will ask the moon. LeBrun notes the Kings, Rangers and Flyers would make sense. The Rangers have a nice piece in Chris Kreider. The Flyers have the Brayden Schenn, James van Riemsdyk or Sean Couturier.  The Kings have Jonathan Bernier, forward Andrei Loktionov or Dmen Slava Voynov and Jack Johnson. The Canucks could be in the mix with Cory Schneider. Possibly the Sharks could be interested.  The Leafs would for sure would be calling. One team executive said this morning, “My sense is that this will still wait until the summer, but it’s not totally impossible to get it done before the deadline.”
  • Bob McKenzie of TSN: McKenzie writes, “Last week, in no uncertain terms, NHL teams were told Nash was not available and this week, he is. For the right team, anyway.” This doesn’t mean he’ll be traded. None of this trade talk would be going on without having Nash’s consent. Nash likely has a limited number of teams he’d consider moving to. Half the league would likely be interested in him, but maybe only a handful of teams that would interest him. Nash is in control with his no-movement clause.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Blue Jackets would insist on young roster players in any Nash deal. The location would be determined by Nash.
  • Larry Brooks via twitter: For the Rangers to acquire Nash, it’s unknown if he’d waive his no-movement clause to go to New York.
  • Steve Simmons via twitter: Simmons wonders why Blue Jackets would let the likely to be fired GM Scott Howson trade their best asset.

10:20 AM:

  • Joe Yerdon via twitter: Columbus holds all the cards on a Rick Nash deal. It’s up to GM Scott Howson to “hit it out of the park” if he trades him.
  • Dan Rosen via twitter: Rosen can’t believe a Nash deal will happen. The team needs changes but not Nash. Not good for Blue Jackets fans if he’s traded.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: 3 goalies the Blue Jackets to target in a Nash deal are: Cory Schneider, Jonathan Bernier and Tuukka Rask. Dupont thinks it would be fun for Nash to be with the Rangers or Maple Leafs, but they don’t really have the goalie piece for Columbus. Maybe a 3 team deal.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: Dupont can see a Blue Jackets-Flyers-Maple Leafs deal. The Leafs get Nash. The Blue Jackets get Sergei Bobrovsky. The Blue Jackets and Flyers share some Leafs players.

Feb. 13th 10:24 PM:

  • Renaud Lavoie via twitter: 2 NHL sources told Lavoie that Blue Jackets winger Rick Nash is on the trade market. Nash has a no-movement clause.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson through a spokesman declines to comment on the report that Rick Nash is on the trade block.

Nash has a salary cap hit of $7.8 million 2017-18. His yearly salary is $7.5 million this year, $7.6 million in 2012-13, $7.8 million in 2013-14, $7.9 million in 2014-15, $7.9 million in 2015-16, $8 million in 2016-17, and $8.2 million in 2017-18.

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