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Here’s your latest Rick Nash to the Rangers rumor

Feb 25, 2012, 12:18 PM EDT

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Mark Spector of Sportsnet in Canada tweets that talks between the Rangers and Blue Jackets have picked up and that the latest offer is indeed a whopper.

For the Rangers to land Nash, they’d be giving up one of a pair of young defensemen in either Ryan McDonagh or Michael Del Zotto as well as a first-round pick and a prospect, namely defenseman Tim Erixon. Spector says that the Rangers feel that offer bests what the Toronto Maple Leafs could offer Columbus and puts them in the driver’s seat to land Nash.

Considering how well both McDonagh and Del Zotto have played this season for New York, the Jackets would be getting an instant young stud on the blue line. Adding Erixon would give them a potential future star as well. The first round pick makes for a nice throw in given that it’ll be a mid-to-late round pick.

The talk of late from The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline is that Nash’s camp is hoping for a quick resolution to things and they’re growing weary of the process. It doesn’t appear the two sides are long for each other. The Jackets aren’t under pressure to get a deal done at the deadline, but it could turn the summer into an endless array of discussions to land Nash if a deal isn’t done by Monday at 3 p.m.

  1. mianfr - Feb 25, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    As a Ranger fan, dear God, please let this not be true…

    • hanktheking - Feb 25, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      Agreed. Insanity on Sathers part of this happens. GLEN, MOVE YOUR HAND AWAY FROM THE PANIC BUTTON.

    • odj810 - Feb 26, 2012 at 11:49 AM

      i’ll give rangers fans credit. the majority of them are very intelligent when it comes to there team. this would be a bad trade for there team.

  2. daveincleveland - Feb 25, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    As much as I would love to get Nash, the price is just too high. Not to even mention the cap hit.

  3. stakex - Feb 25, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    I still say this is a loser deal for the Rangers. There are just far to many down sides to this deal, such as:

    1. The Rangers are where they are thanks in large part to their defense. I simply cannot see how it makes sense to risk breaking that up to add a good, but certainly not great, forward.

    2. Nash is only on pace to score 27 goals this year, and is ranked 64th in scoring. Sure he has had a couple decent years in his career, but those were a few years ago. There is no promis Nash will ever be a dominant scoring threat for the Rangers, or ever again for that matter.

    3. One of the main reasons the Rangers want Nash is to help with a deep playoff drive. Problem: Nash has pretty much no playoff experience. Now that doesn’t mean he won’t play well in the playoffs, but again there is no certainty he will either with no record to go by.

    4. I seriously doubt how well Nash will take to Tort’s “aggressive” coaching style, and I don’t know how well Tort’s will take to Nash’s lack of two way play. I can see a huge conflict there.

    5. Nash’s contract is a joke, and a long joke at that. If Nash continues to average around 65 point a season as he has the last three seasons (including this one), there is no way in hell he is worth the 5th highest cap hit in the league. Not even close, and the Rangers would be stuck with that contract for another SIX years. While Columbus seems like they don’t really want to trade Nash, I think they will be getting the better side of any deal that sees his contract removed from their books.

    The other issue with Nash’s contract, other then the fact its far more then Nash is worth by at least a couple million a year, is that the Rangers are gonna have several playersto resign in the next two or three years such as Lundquist, Gaborik, Callahan, and Girardi. All of which will likely be due a raise, or at least the same amount they are making now. Having Nash on board will mean at least one of them has to go.


    I just don’t see a positive side of this deal for the Rangers. Sure Nash MIGHT help add a little more offensive punch, and MIGHT help them make a deep playoff run, and MIGHT have an offensive breakout playing on a better team, and MIGHT find chemistry with Richards or Gaborik. On the other hand the Rangers defense might be seriously hurt, Nash might have only a minimal impact on the Rangers offense, and the Rangers might flame out early in the playoffs even with Nash.

    If Sather was smart, he would leave well enough alone, and see how far this team can go. If the Ragners wash out in the playoffs, they can always add more fire power in the offseason.

  4. psujay - Feb 25, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    I hope the Rangers do that, because I don’t think it makes them better. Though, a Richards, Nash, and Gaborik would be a sick powerplay or we’re down with 5 mintues left type of line.

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 25, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    This would be an incredibly stupid thing for a first-place team to do. What they have seems to be working really well, why would they sell off one of their young stars for no good reason?

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Feb 25, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      That’s what I’ve been thinking. Wouldn’t the addition of Nash disrupte the Rangers’ chemistry? And what they are giving up is a lot of potiential. The Rangers do like to make big splashes though…

  6. bluesrawesome - Feb 25, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    That would be the stupidest thing the Rangers could do. That would decimate their defensive depth.

  7. crazemastercraze - Feb 25, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    as a devils fan, please do this and mess up the good thing you have going. be the sather we all use to know and love!!!!

  8. jkay1818 - Feb 25, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Just because col. is looking for one of those two does not mean that will happen. There is absolutely no shot the NYR are giving up one of those two players. we’re talking about two budding stars both 21 and 22 that gel nicely on a young team that will only get better. These two are excellent already and havent even hit their ceiling yet. I do however see howson getting antsy and might do a dubinsky, thomas, micilrath and a first..maybe even replace one with erixon. Mcilrath will be a good nasty defenseman but the rangers have such a solid young crop of d already in the nhl that it wont be too much of a blow. As a rangers fan, i love dubinsky, he plays hard, embraces NYC and is a good teammate. but, as a season tix holder i see how delusional some fans can be with him. They dont even mention losing kreider, theyd actually be upset if dubinsky was dealt for nash. were talking about moving one roster spot for another. Hes good, but hes a guy with 1 goal in his last 17, a guy who hasnt been a top 6 forward here in a while. I wouldnt deal mcdonagh, kredier, miller or mdz, but im comfortable with the others.
    Its hard to say nash is only on pace for 27 goals and who knows what we will get. The guy plays on an atrocious team. even the yrs he put up tons of goals, still an atrocious team. hes a special player with size and finally playing around good players has the chance to be a threat every time he steps on the ice. he has PK experience, hes big and strong and is good on the PP. Another good indicator is, take the olympics for example, canada was stacked and Nash was on their first line alongside crosby. hes excellent with col but put him on a young talented team like the NYR and he can be dominant. hes also only 27, hes not an old man.

  9. elguapo12 - Feb 25, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    He’s just trying to get other teams to overpay…

  10. johnnygripz - Feb 25, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    I really hope Glen Sather doesn’t pull a Glen Sather, but I’m not sure he can help himself…he is NOTORIOUS for these types of trades…

  11. atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 25, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Rick Nash is not worth this, plus then you throw in the $7.8 million cap hit, the Rangers would be fools to make this trade!

    You’d have to be insane to give up that much for a player who’s only surpassed 70 points once, and 40 goals twice in a 9 year career.

    As a Flames fan I do take some solace in Tim Erixon slowly being turned into a journeyman.

  12. firemarshal1 - Feb 25, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Mr. Glen Sather:


  13. prettjr - Feb 25, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Please with this nash talk…we do not need him…just pick up a piece to help…we were not supposed to win the cup this year…this is another building year

  14. rangerkenray - Feb 26, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Too steep a price, McDonaugh would have to stay, I definately do not know if Nash & Torts would mesh, I think the Rangers should stand pat & keep developing thier youth.

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