Buzz: Scott Howson Reportedly Isn’t Demanding Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider or Ryan McDonagh

He adds, “Told there are lots of ways #NYR could get this done w/o Kreider, Stepan or McDonagh. As noted, McDonagh does not make sense as centerpiece.”

It has been reported multiple teams by Larry Brooks that Columbus is asking for at least two of the three players.

Darren Dreger tweets at Portzline and says, “CBJ should let the NYR know that. Multiple scenarios have been pitched by NY and turned away.”

At the trade deadline, it was reported that the Rangers offer was Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, JT Miller, Christian Thomas and a first round pick.

It was reported at that time that Columbus was after a package that included Ryan McDonagh or Michael Del Zotto, Derek Stepan or Carl Hagelin, Chris Kreider and Brandon Dubinsky.

Adam Rotter: This is gamesmanship and two sides trying to tell two different stories. The Rangers end of things is saying that Columbus is being unreasonable and won’t get off their demand for Kreider, McDonagh, Stepan. The Columbus side is basically saying, we are willing to make a trade, it’s the Rangers who are unwilling. Both sides are trying to blame the other and it’s probably a little bit of both.