BUZZ: Rick Nash Is Impacting The Rangers Decision Making

On TSN’s The Quiz/Insider Trading, Pierre LeBrun says that the Rangers are the front runners for Nash and that their discussions on Nash have been delaying other things that the Rangers are looking to do at the trade deadline.

He picked the Rangers as the team that Nash would be on at 3PM on Monday.

Darren Dreger said San Jose and Bob McKenzie said that a deal wouldn’t happen and he would stay in Columbus.

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Buzz: The Sharks Have Emerged In The Rick Nash Sweeps

At TSN, Darren Dreger writes that the San Jose Sharks are showing a big interest in acquiring Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets.

San Jose told them that Logan Couture was not available for trade, but Dreger says that the Sharks will be in the mix until the trade deadline.

He notes that Joe Thornton and Nash are good friends.

Joe Micheletti mentioned on the broadcast that Columbus adviser Craig Patrick, who lives in Pittsburgh and was a former Pittsburgh GM, is at the game tonight.

Poll: Your Biggest Concern With Trading For Rick Nash

At CBC, Elliotte Freidman writes that some people believe that Rick Nash prefers to play in a quiet environment and doesn’t care for the spotlight. He says that others defend Nash by talking about his performance in high pressure situations like the Olympics and World Championships for Canada.

At ESPN.com, Pierre LeBrun reacts to some concerns about the Rangers trading for Nash.

Buzz: Looking At The Prospects That Could Get Traded For Rick Nash

At ESPN Insider, Corey Pronman lists five Ranger prospects that the Rangers could trade for Rick Nash.

He lists Tim Erixon, Chris Kreider, Michael St. Croix, JT Miller and Dylan McIlrath.

  • On Erixon, who Pronman is a big fan of, he says that Erixon projects to be a shutdown defenseman who can play against the other team’s top players.
  • On Kreider, Pronman writes that he is looked at as a top six goal scorer with first line potential.
  • On St. Croix, he quotes a scout as saying, “He’s the player this year I thought he was going to be last year.” St. Croix is a brilliant playmaking forward with great upside and could have the potential to be a top-two line scorer in the NHL.
  • On JT Miller, Pronman says that he is a versatile player with no noticeable weaknesses.
  • On McIlrath, he says that after struggling to start the season, McIlrath has “been a bone-crushing defenseman who scares the life out of opposing forwards every shift.”

It is believed that the Rangers would prefer to send prospects to Columbus over roster players in order to acquire Nash.

Buzz: Michael Del Zotto Is The Breaking Point In Rick Nash Discussions

According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, while appearing on the NHL Network last night, Columbus is still looking for four pieces for Rick Nash, an NHL player, two top prospects and a draft pick, but that they are mostly concerned with prying away specific players from each team that the interested team doesn’t want to give up.

McKenzie says that when it comes to the Rangers, that player is Michael Del Zotto.

Del Zotto has been mentioned as a centerpiece of Nash talks before. Pierre LeBrun, Larry Brooks and Elliotte Freidman all said over the weekend that the Rangers won’t trade Del Zotto.

For the Maple Leafs, McKenzie says that it is Jake Gardiner and for the Flyers, he says that it is James van Riemsdyk or Sean Couturier.

McKenzie adds that more teams may be interested in acquiring Nash during the offseason and that the cost may not be as high.

Read: The Rangers On Rick Nash

At ESPN New York, Katie Strang talked with multiple Rangers about their impressions of Rick Nash after playing against him on Sunday.

Ryan McDonagh compared him to Evgeny Malkin,

“He’s got the same kind of hands and he’s so fast in the way he moves with the puck. And definitely his shot, his quick release and how hard it is, those are some of the biggest things he’s got.”

Michael Del Zotto said that Nash’s combination of size, skill and skating make him one of the toughest players to play again.

Nash’s former teammate Anton Stralman said that Nash was one of the best players in the leagu.

Poll: Do You Agree With This Statement?

Buzz: The Rangers Are Still The Front Runners For Rick Nash (Update: The Kings?)

Update: 7:28PM:

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