According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, Glen Sather has held firm on the fact that he won’t trade 2009 first round pick Chris Kreider in a deal for Rick Nash.
Brooks says that Sather has agreed to include defenseman Tim Erixon in the deal but won’t trade Michael Del Zotto or Ryan McDonagh.
He says that the it is unclear if Sather is willing to include 2011 first round pick JT Miller in a package that would also include Brandon Dubinsky and a first round pick.
Brooks does add that if the Rangers don’t move Erixon and don’t acquire a defensemen by tomorrow’s deadline, Erixon could get called up for a playoff run.
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Friedman added that Columbus is only going to deal Nash if they get the deal that they want.
5:36PM Larry Brooks says, “No reason to believe Sather has changed position on rejecting CBJ requests for Chris Kreider. Uncertain about stance relating to JT Miller.”
5:21PM Portzline says that while the Rangers could send a defensive prospect, Columbus wants forward prospects
Update: 5:09PM: On TSN, Bob McKenzie says that the Rangers are holding firm that they won’t trade Michael Del Zotto and Ryan McDonagh. They won’t trade a roster defensemen.
McKenzie says that the Rangers are willing to offer players like Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky off the roster.
Original Post: 4:28PM:Bob McKenzie spoke with Rick Nash’s agent who said
“We’re hopeful a deal can get done prior to the trade deadline that is fair and equitable for the Blue Jackets…
McKenzie adds that Nash’s list of teams that he would accept a trade to won’t change this summer
Aaron Portzline tweets that “#CBJ GM Scott Howson will not comment publicly regarding possible trade of #CBJ captain Rick Nash.”
3:46PM Aaron Portzline tweets that Nash is traveling to Pittsburgh with the Blue Jackets
3:35PM: Bruce Garrioch tweets that the price for Nash is HUGE but that the Rangers and Maple Leafs are still interested
Original Post: Larry Brooks tweets that Tim Erixon is believed to be in play as part of the package the Rangers are offering to Columbus for Rick Nash
Update: 1:27pm: Brooks says that the Rangers are not looking to subtract from their top four and that there is nothing to the rumors of Del Zotto and McDonagh
Update: 12:50pm Larry Brooks tweets that it is possible that Sather could include Erixon in a deal
Update:12:35pm: Nick Kypreos tweets that heading into the weekend the Rangers were firm in saying that McDonagh and Del Zotto wouldn’t be moved
Original PostMark Spector of SportsNet In Canada tweets that the Rangers think they have the best offer for Rick Nash and that it includes Michael del Zotto or Ryan McDonagh, a first round pick and Tim Erixon