Update: 12:23PM: Kypreos says that San Jose is only kicking the tires on Nash and that the only real suitors for Nash are the Rangers and the Maple Leafs.
Nick Kypreos says that if people think that Logan Couture is going to go to Columbus in a Rick Nash deal, “you are high”
MacLean says that Columbus needs to get back a young player who can be a star. He says that based on his experience as a GM, he doesn’t think that a deal will get done by the deadline and that if a deal happens, it will be a bad deal for one of the sides.
On why Glen Sather would make this trade, Kypreos says that the Rangers are close and Nash could be a difference maker on the wall and would help the PP.
MacLean says that the Nashville Predators reportedly have made a big offer for Rick Nash to try and go for it all this season.
Original Post: On the Fan 590 in Toronto, Nick Kypreos says that the Rangers have made their offer to Columbus for Rick Nash.
Doug MacLean, former Columbus GM, says that he doesn’t think that Nash will be moved but that if he were Brian Burke he would trade anyone on the Leafs for him.
MacLean thinks that Burke is “banging it out” to make this Rick Nash deal. He also says that if it were to be a 1 for 1 deal, Burke would trade Phil Kessel for Nash.
At NY Mag, Joe Delessio says that by losing two of their last three games and only scoring five goals in the process, the Rangers are in the midst of a slump.
Delessio writes, “There’s no reason to panic here: The Rangers have done an excellent job this season bouncing back after losses and avoiding prolonged slumps. (They haven’t lost consecutive games since mid-December.) And so if this is as bad as it gets — two losses in three games following a terrific ten-game stretch — they’ll be just fine.”
The Rangers have not lost back to back games since playing Dallas and St. Louis in December.
According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, the Rangers will NOT include Ryan McDonagh, Tim Erixon, Chris Kreider, JT Miller or Michael Del Zotto in any deal for Rick Nash. Columbus, according to Brooks, asked for those players in a deal.
Brooks says that the Rangers are prepared to trade Brandon Dubinsky, Christian Thomas and maybe Dylan McIlrath, along with a first round pick, to get Nash.
Brooks doesn’t think that Columbus would accept that offer from the Rangers.
At Rangers Report, Carp writes, “Not convinced he’s coming. And I’m not sure I’m strongly one one side or the other. I’m only convinced they want him. I have no idea how far they’ll go to get him, and I don’t think they will go near the rumored demands that include any of these guys: Stepan, McDonagh, Del Zotto … and I am taking an educated guess that they will make all attempts to keep Kreider out of the deal, too. I could be completely wrong.”
According to Bruce Garrioch in the Ottawa Sun, via KK, the price that Scott Howson is asking for Rick Nash right now is non-negotiable and the same for every team involved.
Garrioch says that the price is a first round pick in 2012, a “good player” off the roster and the teams number one prospect in the organization.
Garrioch says that in the case of San Jose, the “good player” would be someone like Logan Couture or Joe Pavelski.
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As I said on Hotstove last week the asking price 4 Nash: a player who can help now, 2 top prospects and a 1st rd pick. Howson’s not budging