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Report: Jackets shopping Rick Nash; Can the Rangers land him?

Feb 14, 2012, 9:08 AM EDT

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With the trade deadline approaching in less than two weeks and a host of once-thought available players being re-signed, it was felt that the deadline would be a quiet one.

That’s when Renaud Lavoie of RDS in Quebec shook things up by reporting two sources, including a NHL GM, told him that Columbus Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash could be had via trade (link is French, English tweet here). After the talk that Jeff Carter is the guy Jackets GM Scott Howson is trying to move the most, this news on Nash is startling.

The next question then is: Who is hottest after Nash? Well the New York Rangers of course. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports that sources tell him the Rangers would pony up forward Brandon Dubinsky, top prospect forward Chris Kreider, and a first-round pick as part of a package to get Nash.

The New York Daily News’ Pat Leonard hears from Nash’s agent who won’t comment on any rumors but says that the Blue Jackets have been sending scouts en masse to Rangers games recently including Howson dropping by the Rangers-Flyers game on Saturday in Philly. This could all be a coincidence or there are puzzle pieces being put together.

One curious thing about Garrioch’s report is that the rumored Rangers package doesn’t include a future franchise goaltender, something Columbus would seemingly almost require to get in return for the five-time All-Star. That said, Rangers GM Glen Sather is a master at pulling off heists in trades, but does he have one really big trick up his sleeve to help the Rangers’ push for a Stanley Cup?

  1. garryfish - Feb 14, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    No way Rangers giving up Duby.

    • hanktheking - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      Duby has 6 goals this year. I can legit see them giving him up. Chris Kreider on the other hand, that would be a bad idea IMO. He’s going to be an awesome player when he decides to turn pro.

      • yettyskills - Feb 14, 2012 at 2:04 PM

        Duby? Duby is not a top 6 forward and therefore I must LOL at you for suggesting such foolishness

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 14, 2012 at 2:42 PM

        Dubinsky, a prospect, and a first-round pick that will almost be a second-rounder? Yeah, that’s not gonna pry CBJ’s only star away from them. Sorry Rangers fans.

  2. hardheadcountryboy - Feb 14, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Watch for stealth Burke approach – Leafs have goaltending and d-men to spare….Kadri also……

    • psujay - Feb 14, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      No one cares about Kadri. If he weren’t in Toronto he’d be another prospect with surefire NHL talent. maybe one day he’ll be a top 3 guy, he’s certainly a top 6 guy. There are a lot of them. People in this city used to talk like he’s Crosby. Crosby had like 300 points at Kadri’s age.

    • dolanster - Feb 14, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      “Leafs have *mediocre* goaltending and *ineffective* d-men to spare…”

      Corrected for accuracy.

  3. farvefromover - Feb 14, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Thumbs down

  4. broadstbully33 - Feb 14, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    dear toronto fans, no one wants your second rate players for super stars….that is all

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      So much hate for the Leafs on this board. I honestly don’t get it.

  5. firemarshal1 - Feb 14, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Sather, please don’t touch the team. The team is built for today and the future. Remember salary cap issues that would arise from the trade. Plus, all of our young and cheap prospects would be gone. Be patient, let the kids the grow together as Champions (Callahan, Dubisky, Del Zotto, Stahl, and Stephan). That’s why Detriot is perennial Champs. Let Toronto or Philadelphia be desperate. NO MORE 1980-1990’s teams.

  6. broadstbully33 - Feb 14, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    nyr are far from champions…..haha douche

    • blkeskimo1785 - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      They’re closer to champs than the team playing on Broad Street.

  7. bhawkce - Feb 14, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    I think the only way the jackets let Nash go is for sure fire goal tending.. its sad to think Nash would leave here..but I would like to se the guy go to a strong team and a chance at a cup.

  8. bihler7 - Feb 14, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    I love how all these rumors do not involve talking about 1 thing, the salary cap. According to capgeek the Rangers have $1.5 in cap space and Dubinsky makes $4.2 mil. Now Wolski is apart of their cap space I see making $3.8 mil. Nash makes $7.8 so unless Columbus wants to take Wolski seeing that he is a free agent I do not see this deal happening unless the Rangers give up another NHL Caliber player from their current roster. It would have to be Dubinsky, Wolski, top flight prospect, and some sort of goaltender for Nash; don’t see the Rangers doing that.

    • challer9 - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      Think you left out the option of burying Wolski in the AHL, I think Sather has shown before he doesn’t mind doing this. Just ask Wade Redden.

      • bihler7 - Feb 14, 2012 at 5:37 PM

        wouldn’t he have to clear waivers first and if a team claims him the Rangers are on the books for half of the remaining contract?

    • brian32556 - Feb 14, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      @bihler7
      Great analysis!

  9. zabala81 - Feb 14, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Dubinsky blows. If this is all Columbus wants I’d make the trade in a second if I’m new York

  10. 13yrsmlbvet - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Boston had a deal for Nash last year at the deadline all worked out and COL backed out at the last minute. Look for them to go hard after him again. Krejci with some sort of combo package for the big guy. Don’t sleep on it.

  11. mianfr - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Yeah, honestly that’s a complete steal for the Rangers… I can’t imagine that going through.

    And as much as I love this current Rangers team, I can’t see that affecting chemistry too much. Kreider is in the minors, a first round pick is technically anyone at the moment, and Dubinsky is kind of a jerk in real life, so I don’t see this blowing up the team’s mojo or anything. It’s not like they’d be trading Callahan.

    But I really don’t see how this is a fair return for the Blue Jackets, anyway.

    • hanktheking - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      Kreider is in School.

      • gaborik104life - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM

        Could be available by playoffs. only thing is do they want to knock a year off the entry level contract.

  12. lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    While I understand that every GM is always looking for a high-end piece to add to the team, the goal is and always has been W’s, and last I checked, the Rangers had a lot of those. Why mess with success? Clearly the current setup is working quite well, despite the fact that they’re not getting 5+ goals every night. You don’t know if adding Nash would work out or not. It’s not like Richards is on pace for another 90+ pt season, despite all the hoopla that surrounded his signing.

  13. gaborik104life - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    The Rangers giving up Dubinsky is an interesting proposition and not only for this trade. Dubinsky is having a down year and with the emergence of guys like Stepan, Hagelin and Mitchell roster spots are decreasing at the forward position especially with prospects coming in next year and challenging for a spot. A player who is on pace for 39 points should not be making 4.2 million. Granted what he does for this team goes beyond the numbers when you look at the roster we have players can fill in easily. This is the guy that had 24 goals and 54 points to lead the team last year but a few things have to be factored in. One is the team was a little in limbo last season. The all star forward Marian Gaborik looked like a puppy that lost his way. We did not have Brad Richards. Stepan was in his rookie year. Callahan and Gaborik played only 60 games while they did contribute the team needed someone to take the reigns and Dubinsky did a great job of it. However looking back on the season one has to question how legit it was considering Boyle got 20 goals. Another player that’s assets are far more than points however when you look at it questions have to be shooting off in your head. As much as I love Dubinsky the fact is Richards, Gaborik, Callahan, Stepan, are the leaders. The chemistry of the gas (Gaborik, Anisimov, and Stepan) line and of Rich and Call with Hagelin Dubinsky is in the third fourth line and while the team does need all 4 lines to win fact is Kreider could be coming in by April and if he pans out the way he should 4.2 million for a third line checker when you have guys like Boyle, Prust, Mitchell, Callahan, and fedetenko who do the same thing with Callahan being the best out of the group, the captain, and second in goal scoring and points Dubinsky’s cap hit seems to put a frown on my face and the idea of moving him for a top 6 possibly top 3 player does turn that frown upside down.

  14. polegojim - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    He’s going to be wearing the Winged Wheel…

    The Wings have 5.8 mil in cap space this year…. and 24 mil next season. ; )

    Make no mistake, Nash is chomping at the bit to have a shot at The Stanley Cup.

    Let’s Go RED WINGS!

  15. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    polesmoke jim, nobody wants to go to that dirty city of detroit. he wants to play in the city of champions where he can be a 50 goal scorer on a line with the great one soup can sid and win more stanley ups which is inevitable.

    • mianfr - Feb 14, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      As inevitable as lifelong repercussions from head trauma.

      Zing!

      Right? Guys?

  16. broadstbully33 - Feb 14, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    the rangers have one good season and now they are champions?

  17. bcisleman - Feb 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    The deal proposed doesnt sound like the NYR would clear enough cap room and, as mentioned, no NHL-ready quality goalie or goalie prospect.

    LA has Bernier and Vancouver has Schneider but I am not sure they have the prospects CLB would want to go along with them. Isles have Montoya or Poulin, a ton of assets, and cap space. Not sure that either Garth Snow or Rick Nash would go for it though. FLA might work. They have loads of cap space and assets and Markstrom. Certainly Tallon would love to make such a deal. Would Nash agree? Don’t know.

  18. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    cus they are from canada. usa is taking over the nhl

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