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Milbury: Rick Nash could be a “perfect fit” for Rangers

Feb 15, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

The New York Rangers made something of a statement by shutting out the Boston Bruins last night, but it was almost all Henrik Lundqvist, who made 42 saves. To some, the hard-working team needs more talent to justify its place atop the Eastern Conference standings.

The team has been linked to Rick Nash quite a bit lately, so Keith Jones and Mike Milbury tackled the subject yesterday, with mixed reactions.

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  1. jamawl - Feb 15, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    I can’t watch the video right now, but if milbury thinks it’s a good idea to do the trade, then…. Its not a good idea.

    • BSpeedman - Feb 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM

      I don’t know how that guy has a job… He’s the man that traded Roberto Luongo after drafting Rick DiPietro. He took DiPietro #1 overall in the draft with Dany Heatley taken #2. And traded away Chara. You think the Islanders would be in the position they are currently in if it wasn’t for him? Could have Luongo in net, Heatley up front, and Chara. That sounds likes three good cornerstones if you ask me.

      • DED - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:04 PM


  2. bihler7 - Feb 15, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Nash would be a perfect fit on any team in the NHL, however if the Rangers do not have a goalie prospect that is a sure fire NHL starter that could help out Columbus then this isn’t happening with the Rangers, unless Columbus GM is that stupid. Milbury and Jones make great points about either getting 3-4 legit players and clearing cap room in this video.

    Columbus should be targeting teams like LA (Bernier), Vancouver (Schneider), St. Louis (Elliot/Halak), where they could get a legit starting goalie in return along with a prospect, draft pick, NHL player combination.

    I expect and would think that Columbus’s price tag for Nash is pretty high and wouldn’t be surprised if a deal does not happen at all due to that and teams just not willing at this point to relinquish so much, oh and the main factor; moving a cap hit of $7.8.

    • east96st - Feb 15, 2012 at 9:39 AM

      The Columbus GM IS absolutely THAT stupid. Honestly, I expect Howson to ask for the moon and he will wait until the last minute, suddenly realize he has to do SOMETHING, and trade Nash for a bag of beans. If a team is willing to gamble that some other team won’t pay big upfront and they are patient, I see no reason to think some team can’t steal Nash right out from under Columbus’ nose during the last hour before the trade deadline hits. There’s a reason CBJ is as bad as they are. The franchise is owned and run by morons.

      • spezzabangsmilfs - Feb 15, 2012 at 2:54 PM


  3. east96st - Feb 15, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    I think people, including the Rangers themselves, are ignoring the HUGE differences between Columbus and NYC. I have lived over 40 years in NYC and five in Columbus. In Columbus, Nash has a free reign to do pretty much whatever he wants, the Buckeyes are all that 90% of the population (which is smaller than Brooklyn!) cares about, and he doesn’t have to deal with the press really at all. There’s ONE newspaper and they are partial owners of the Jackets, so Rick gets treated with kid gloves. Cleveland and Cincy papers share sports stories with Columbus to save $$, so they almost never have any writers at the games. Local news is primarily focused on the Buckeyes and usually only show clips of the Jackets game. Again, it is rare that they have anyone at the game, let alone someone hounding Nash for a story. The franchise has gone 11 years without winning a single playoff game with Rick the face of the franchise for a good portion of the that time. Imagine how that would go over in NYC. If Nash goes to the Rangers, especially if the Rangers give up a LOT for him, the expectations are going to be the Cup. Anything less and he will get killed by the press. Every night he’s going to have cameras and microphones jammed in his face as the NY press tries to play “gotcha” with him. Nash will love playing on a quality team. Nash will love being in the Big Apple – unitl a picture of him tying one on is the back page of the Post. The guy will HATE the NY media. He’s not built for it. Unless NY wins the Cup, because winning cures all ills, I’m willing to bet within a year Nash is miserable. You can’t take a guy from Cowtown who gets his a** kissed by what little press is here and throw him to the wolves in NYC. NYC is not like any other place in the world. Nash is going to feel like he got run over by a truck.

  4. 4twistedlogic - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Paragraphs please, my head hurts.

  5. davebrownspiral - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    If the worst General Manager in the history of professional sports (my apologies to Matt Millen and his family), says that the Rangers should go after Nash, then Glen Sather should ignore all incoming calls with a 614 area code.

    • east96st - Feb 15, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      Hey! How dare you leave Scott Howson out that conversation! If we’re forced to watch awful hockey, the least you can do is allow the bragging rights for the worse GM. Millen and Milbury got fired. CBJ ownership has assured us that Howson’s doing a great job. It’s all the fault of those bums on the ice. Please don’t ask who drafted, traded for, and signed those bums, though. You’re not allowed to peek behind the curtain in Columbus. Hey, did you hear we got the All Star game! That makes everything better, right?

  6. spezzabangsmilfs - Feb 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Nash would be a perfect fit for

    • spezzabangsmilfs - Feb 15, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      any team in the NHL not named the Penguins or Canucks

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