Buzz: Why Rick Nash Isn’t A Ranger

In the Wall Street Journal, Mike Sielski writes about how the Rangers finally have Chris Kreider under contract and how he was one of the big pieces that the Rangers refused to move to acquire Rick Nash at the trade deadline.

Sielski spoke with Gordie Clark who said that the Rangers refusal to trade Kreider isn’t the only reason that Nash isn’t with the Rangers:

“They were asking for so bloody much. As I said in the [war] room, ‘Jeez, Columbus wants to give us Nash, but they want us to look like Columbus when we get him.'”

It was reported earlier this week that the Rangers offer for Nash was not the one that Columbus was considering.

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Buzz: The Latest On The Rick Nash Situation

Bruce Garrioch says in the Ottawa Sun that the Sharks are the front runners to acquire Rick Nash in the offseason and would likely part with center Joe Pavelski to get the deal done.

Former Rangers goalie Glen Healy said on HNIC that the price for Nash was two players off of an NHL roster, two prospects ranked in the top 30 by The Hockey News and a first round pick.

Healy says that the price was too high for anyone to give up.

Buzz: Why Rick Nash Isn’t A Ranger

According to Bruce Garrioch in the Ottawa Sun, the main reason that Columbus didn’t send Rick Nash to the Rangers was because they never budged on wanting 2009 first round pick Chris Kreider.

Glen Sather refused to move Kreider in any deal at the deadline.

The Rangers offer for Nash was believed to be Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, JT Miller, Christian Thomas and a first round pick.

BUZZ: What The Rangers Final Offer For Rick Nash Was

According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, the Rangers final offer for Rick Nash was Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, JT Miller, Christian Thomas and a first round pick.

Brooks writes that Columbus was after a package that included either Ryan McDonagh or Michael Del Zotto, Derek Stepan or Carl Hagelin, Chris Kreider and Brandon Dubinsky.

Scott Howson just said that Nash requested to leave the Blue Jackets.

Buzz: Rick Nash Requested To Leave Columbus

Scott Howson says during his press conference that Rick Nash asked Columbus to move him.

Howson said that he would try to accommodate Nash but only in a situation where he could get “cornerstone” franchise players in return.

He said that the team had “significant” discussions today but that it didn’t happen. On Nash being with the team next season, Howson says that nothing is going to change and that he is going to look at all the options around  and re-evaluate during the draft and the summer.

Howson added, “we talked to a lot of teams about Rick Nash” and “the price was high. I don’t apologize for that. It had to be high”

Last season the Rangers targeted one player for months and months and tried to acquire him at the deadline. Ultimately they felt that the price was too high, passed, and signed Brad Richards in the offseason.

Rick Nash won’t be a UFA this summer but he also won’t be a Blue Jacket next season. The price is still going to remain high, but it is likely that the Rangers are still going to be interested in Nash during the summer and I think that after seeing what this team does in the playoffs, they could make another serious run at him.

At the same token, another player that they have had their eye on for a long time, Zach Parise, is a UFA on July 1.

BUZZ: The Rangers May Be Back In On Rick Nash (UPDATE: NOT TRADED)

3:51PM: Katie Strang tweets: “Rangers remained in touch with CBJ throughout the day but CBJ unwilling to budge from steep asking price”

3PM: Dreger says that the Rangers were pushing hard for Nash but the deal didn’t come through.

Portzline twets :”Confirmed by #CBJ GM Scott Howson that Nash has not been traded by 3 p.m. deadline.”

Elliotte Friedman says that Nash isn’t being dealt.

2:43PM: Pierre LeBrun tweets :”Sharks and Blue Jackets talked again on Nash but price didn’t change: Couture as part of package. No-go.”

2:41PM: Nick Kypreos tweets: “Told Leafs will not make final push on # Bluejackets Nash. Rangers and Sharks still trying.”

2:30PM: Dreger tweets: “Many different offers considered, but the glimmer of hope in New York for a Rick Nash trade is quickly fading.”

He adds “Nash said to be almost emotionally drained by this process. Probably a fair bit of frustration as well. “

2:27PM: Aaron Portzline tweets: “Situation behind the scenes between #CBJ and Rick Nash has turned frantic, as suitors are making late push for #CBJ captain.”

2:17PM: Dreger tweets that Nash has not been asked to waive his NMC yet with 45 minutes to go.

2:10PM: Dreger tweets: “May be too late, but there is a late charge for Rick Nash!! Will NYR pay the price?  Buckle up. “

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