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Report: Blue Jackets and Rangers have discussed a Rick Nash trade

Feb 14, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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The New York Post’s Larry Brooks is reporting that the Rangers and Blue Jackets have had “preliminary discussions” about a Rick Nash trade.

(How exciting!)

Of course, one Post source called the likelihood of a deadline deal “a longshot.”


Brooks notes that while the Rangers have the cap space, the asking price for Nash would likely be in excess of the speculated package of Brandon Dubinsky, blue-chip prospect Chris Kreider, and a first-round draft choice.

It is hard to believe that Columbus GM Scott Howson, who scouted the Rangers-Flyers game in Philadelphia on Saturday and presumably will be at the Garden this Sunday when the Blue Jackets face the Blueshirts, is not demanding that Derek Stepan and/or Ryan McDonagh be included with Kreider in the package going the other way for Nash.

Brooks also wonders what effect such an enormous move would have on the Rangers’ chemistry. (Last week, he wrote a glowing column about the team’s all-for-one-and-one-for-all attitude.)

Still, the prospect of adding an elite talent like Nash could be awfully tempting for GM Glen Sather given his team’s mediocre offense and dreadful power play.

Related: Nash on trade rumors: “As of right now, I’m a Blue Jacket”

  1. jkay1818 - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Their medicore offense isnt too mediocre. They definitely need some PP firepower but NHL network showed they were either ranked 2 or 3 in offense 5 on 5.

  2. changingipaddyishardstuff - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    I would not be surprised if Howson traded Nash for a bag of beans.

    Not Magic beans, just plain ole beans

  3. sknut - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    I think its a bad move for the Rangers. They have a good thing going don’t mess it up, and who knows maybe he doesn’t get traded the Rangers have a bad playoffs and you could revisit these things in the offseason.

    • jkay1818 - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      IM a die hard rangers fan and I love the chemistry, i am never one to give up a ton or farm kids to make a splash and sather has done an incredible job of using mainly youngsters to form this team and all kids brought up through the minors, BUT, rick nash is a special player, and young. Albeit, people think this rangers offense is mediocre but it’s still worlds better than the bluejackets O and Nash would be paired with some skilled offensive players. He isnt a headache, hes a tough forward who although scores, fits the rangers blue collar mold and mentality. Huge fan of Dubinsky, always has been but he makes a nice amount of coin and he has been an inconsistent player throughout his career. Love how he has embraced NY, plays scrappy, fights, scores, hits, kills penalties but Nash is a special player. If it is kreider going in this deal, which i hope not id be more upset seeing him go. Dubsinky is good but hes one of the more expendable players on this current roster. when you mention a good thing going, the only NHL player the rangers would be giving up would be dubinsky. good thing yes, but find me one person on this planet who wouldnt substitute dubinsky for nash on this run.

  4. barkar942 - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Personally, I think that Nash is the only move they should make , if they make any moves by the trade deadline.
    The Rangers right now are so deep in the minors that they could send Zuchs, Wolski, Kreider, Ericson and Dubi plus a first round pick and it would not hurt them for the next few years. They are pretty stockpiled down in the minors right now that many of them will never see the NHL with the Rangers, so give them a chance somewhere else and get a proven goal scorer which is the one missing piece right now with the Rangers.

  5. bcisleman - Feb 14, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    This is a NOTHING article. I guarantee you that every GM in the NHL talked with Howson once they knew Nash might be available. The entire substance of the article is that blowhard Brooks reported that Sather was doing what every other GM was doing.

    Do the NYR have an elite quality G–prospect or otherwise–to give up? No. Do they have truly elite talent on the roster or in the pipeline that they are willing to give up? With the possible exception of Kreider, NO! Do they have the kind of cap space to fit Nash’s $7.8 mil? NO! Can they include a truly front line player in the deal? NO!

    This article is a waste of time.

    • bensawesomeness - Feb 14, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      Maybe not EVERY GM has called – Pretty sure Philly GMs are still all recovering from near-heart attacks after that hit Kronwall had on Briere

  6. jagrbomb18 - Feb 14, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    I hope NYR trade for Nash…

  7. east96st - Feb 14, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Honestly, I don’t think he will be a good fit. I’ve met Nash quite a few times and he’s not a guy who will take a shine to the NYC press and it’s demands. He’s a pretty quiet guy who avoids the spotlight. Top quality character guy – will do a ton of charity work, but he’s used to one or two guys asking him very respectful questions after a game. Not 20 guys trying to blame him for every loss. I think the NYC press will be a HUGE turnoff for Nash. He’s not the kind that can deal with those wolves. On the ice, he’ll be huge for you guys and he’ll be great in the community. But the NYC press….that’s going to an issue. He will be unhappy in a hurry.

    • davemac32001 - Feb 14, 2012 at 8:48 PM

      Yeah, you’ve met him… ok then

      • east96st - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:24 PM

        I’ve been a season ticket holder for years and they hold events for ticket holders with the players. I have also attended several charity functions where Nash was there and he does his best to talk to every one in the room. Finally, the Jackets used to hold an event for the kids called Hockeyfest. It, too, was a charitable event inside Nationwide Arena. I always bought the VIP package for my son and myself which included an opportunity to meet with the players, get pictures taken, autographs, etc. Nash was always the star attraction. It’s Columbus. 1) There’s nothing else to do here 2) There’s only a million and a half people in Columbus and the surrounding areas and most of them are NOT Jackets fans, so Nash can be very visible without feeling at risk 3) I think it cost me less than $300 for the VIP package for both my boy and I and it’s a tax write off. Now does it make sense? BTW – my son and I have also been on the CBJ bench during warmups twice. They have a contest for the kids to sit on the bench, they put the kid’s picture up on the scoreboard, and they USED to let them ride the Zamboni. Which he thought was the coolest part of the whole thing.

  8. stakex - Feb 14, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    I have no problem at all with Rich Nash coming to the Rangers. I think he could certainly be an asset to the Rangers, and help them make a deep playoff push. However, the asking price is simply too high. Rick Nash is a good player, but hes not a super star by any stretch. He had one really good year in which he scored 40 goals, 39 assists in 78 games. Thats a really good season, but Nash has not come close to repeating that season over the last three years. He seems to be settleing into a 65-70 point zone. Again, thats good but its not super start good, and its certainly not 1st round pick, solid player, and a top prospect good.

    Another thing that the Rangers have to consider is if they want to take on yet another $8 million a year cap hit for several seasons. First of all, Rick Nash probably isn’t worth close to $8 million a season. Gaborik makes less, and is a far better player. Second, taking on Nash’s contract will give the Rangers a lot less wiggle room when they have to re-sign some of their young talent over the next couple years, such as Del Zotto whos a UFA at the end of the season and Stepan whos a UFA next year. Sather has this terrible tendency to forget about both the cap and the future… and I really hope he doesn’t do that here.

    Id love to see the Rangers pick up another offensive weapon going into the playoffs, but the asking price for Nash is simply too high considering hes not even close to one of the best players in the NHL. His cap hit is also really high considering his slightly above average production. Could he be a much better player on a different team? Absolutely he could, but its not a sure thing. Pass on this one Glenn… for once.

  9. puckguy - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Jackets season ticket holder from day one. Rick Nash is the best thing that ever happened to this team, and the fact that current management — notice I say “current”; fingers crossed — is considering trading him makes my teeth hurt and stomach flip.

    Nasher represents the best of what distinguishes hockey professionals from the pros in all other sports: accessible to fans, low egos, regular guys, rarely in the news for off-ice antics, class. Rick has made Columbus his home; Columbus has adopted him as their own. If he goes anywhere else, wherever that is, they will treasure him.

    On the day he is traded — God forbid it ever comes — I will leave wherever I am, go home, lock the door, grab the nearest bottle of single malt, and stay put until it’s gone.

  10. DED - Feb 15, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    In order for this deal to happen, the Rangers would have to clear so much cap space that they’d have to call up guys from the minors to fill in the gaps. Calling up guys is hit or miss. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Hagelin and Mitchell have worked but Zuccarello, Newbury and Bell have not. There’s still a learning curve going from AHL to NHL and Tortorella doesn’t strike me as a guy with a lot patience.

    Sather tried for many years to buy a Cup with high priced free agents but it only ended in failure. His most recent boondoggles are gone: Gomez to Montreal, Redden to the minors, and Drury to early retirement (Donald Brashear? Really?). It is the youth movement that has resurrected this franchise. Yes, a couple of expensive free agents have worked out well (Gaborik and Richards) but too much money concentrated in too few players leaves a lack of depth.

    If Columbus would be willing to take Wolski, Redden and maybe an extra defenseman (the Rangers seem to have plenty), the deal could be done without ruining the team’s chemistry. That’s what’s worked this year: chemistry. These guys have a connection. If you start yanking out the pieces, you’re going to break it. What happens to morale when the team realizes that the front office treats them like disposable parts?

    The Rangers are currently the #1 team in the Eastern Conference by 9 points. They haven’t been this good this late in the year since they won the Cup. They’re 2-0 against the defending Stanley Cup Champs (the current #2 Conference seed) and 5-0 against the Flyers (the #4 seed). Why would anyone want to risk screwing that up? Yeah, the power play has been anemic this year, but they’ve got 5 PP goals in the last 4 games (5-11). I really have to hope that Sather resists the temptation to wheel and deal (I know that’s tough with him), but he really needs to step back and decide if he wants to risk breaking a good thing.

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