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Report: Rangers are out of the Rick Nash sweepstakes

Feb 26, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

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Ever since it became known that Rick Nash was available for trade, the New York Rangers have been mentioned often as the team most interested in him. With rumored offers floating out there, it appeared that Columbus GM Scott Howson would have at least one team to talk with for their superstar captain.

That’s about to change.

Reports from both Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos and ESPN New York’s Katie Strang say that the price to obtain Nash is too high for Rangers GM Glen Sather and that the Rangers are out of the hunt for the star winger.

With Columbus’ demands being so high, including rumored deals that involved any of Brandon Dubinsky, Michael Del Zotto, Ryan McDonagh, and Tim Erixon, it’s more than understandable why the Rangers might blanch at the thought of such a monstrous package to obtain Nash.

The effect this has on the trade market for Nash now becomes fascinating as the other teams in the hunt now don’t have to worry about the Rangers coming over the top to crush their offers. San Jose, Vancouver, Toronto, Philadelphia, and Nashville are all believed to have interest in Nash but it’s unknown how many of those teams Nash would approve a trade to.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 26, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Howson would’ve been stupid to not ask for Del Zotto and Sather would’ve been stupid to give him up. This deal never had a chance.

    • stakex - Feb 26, 2012 at 8:07 PM

      While that might be true true, Columbus almost certainly has to move Nash before next season. Now would be the best time to do that since the markets pretty thin on talent. If they continue to set such a high price though, this is going to drag on into the off season during which time a lot more players might be on the market. If that happens Columbus will be lucky to get what the Rangers were offering since the market will likely be more compedative.

  2. soupcansid - Feb 26, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    the franchise made him look awful. so they dropped out. TRUFAX

  3. uscthom78 - Feb 26, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    If you try to rip off a team, its no surprise that you will be out of the Rick Nash sweepstakes.

  4. ecmar2000 - Feb 26, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    This could be posturing, not that’s EVER happened, before

    • ecmar2000 - Feb 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM

      Sorry, not that it’s EVER happened before

  5. hanktheking - Feb 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Thank god…keep the young core around, the future of this team is Stepan, Kreider, MDZ, McDonagh, Erixon, Duby and Callahan. Nash may be good for 25-35 goals a season but not for the boatload the Jackets want for him.

  6. crazemastercraze - Feb 26, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    for this deal to really work for the Jackets, they MUST hold out for schnider, bernier or Harding(with the understanding that the trade comes with him signing a extended contract) so they have a greater chance for success. wait til draft day if possible. just don’t cave, howsen!

  7. rangerkenray - Feb 26, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    He’ll go somewhere else for a lot less than what they were trying to extort from the Rangers, when he finally goes it will be anticlimactic

  8. rpiotr01 - Feb 26, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Howson is a dead GM walking – why does he have any authority to make such a monumental decision for the franchise? Hire a new GM after the season and let him decide.

    • stakex - Feb 26, 2012 at 7:47 PM

      Its not like Howson wants to trade Nash or anything. Nash is forcing his hand by making it perfectly clear he will not play in Columbus next year. Although it could also be argued that Nash isn’t coming close to living up to his $7.8 million a year cap hit (currently 69th in scoring, and on pace for just 27 goals). I don’t really see it as a bad move for Columbus to trade him at all, and they are certainly not giving him away with the laughable price they are asking. So really, I don’t know what your beef with Howson is when it comes to this Nash mess.

  9. dabutcha114 - Feb 26, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Wow Sather is actually acting like a smart g.m. To break up a core of young talent to get an over rated player who already climaxed in his career is crazy. Who really even cared about Nash until these trade rumors anyway. Let’s go Rangers!!

  10. stakex - Feb 26, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Good job Sather, a potential screw-up you managed to avoid among many others you have not.

  11. lucicfan603 - Feb 26, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Good move by sather things are good in NY for the rangers why break things up Nash will go to Toronto and be forgotten then in another 3 years whine and cry and be traded again no one was saying anything about Nash until the trade talks started

  12. larrybiv - Feb 26, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Sometimes the BEST trade, is the trade that you DIDN’T make. Good job by Slats, passing on this potential rip off. I just KNOW, he’s gonna pull off something good Monday. Maybe Brown?

  13. tcclark - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Noooooooooo! Just ruined my day.

    -Flyers Fan

  14. dirtyjerseysports - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Deal is done. Nash to Broadway. Announcement coming Tuesday.

    • pooinyourface - Feb 27, 2012 at 1:14 AM

      The deadline is Monday and the Rags don’t play on Broadway

      • hines86for6 - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:32 AM

        The Preds play on Broadway in downtown Nashville.

  15. homelanddefense - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Some of these trade demands Ive been hearing are crazy. Nash is a great player, but trading 4 young solid players off the best team in the East for him, no thanks.

    Same with the rumors about Brown to the Bruins. Krejci, Rask, Doug Hamilton and a 1st rounder….no dice.

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