Buzz: The Rangers Want To Send Prospects To Columbus

According to Pierre LeBrun at, the Rangers are unwilling to move Ryan McDonagh and/or Michael Del Zotto in a deal for Rick Nash.

He says that the Rangers plan of attack to acquire Nash is to overwhelm Columbus with prospects like Chris Kreider, Tim Erixon, JT Miller and a first round pick.

LeBrun does add that to make the salaries work, the Rangers would need to send a player like Brandon Dubinsky to Columbus.

Buzz: What Columbus Is Asking The Rangers For

In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that Glen Sather doesn’t care about the salary cap issues that bringing in Rick Nash could cause, but instead is hesitant to pay the price that it may cost the Rangers to get him.

Brooks says that the players Columbus wants from the Rangers are believed to be Brandon Dubinsky, Michael Del Zotto or Ryan McDonagh, Chris Kreider and a first round pick.

On the players reportedly involved, Brooks says:

McDonagh and Del Zotto are untouchables on the NHL roster, and Kreider is regarded as a can’t-miss prospect with a ceiling as high as those in an apartment in a Manhattan pre-war building.

71% of voters said that they would not trade Brandon Dubinsky, Chris Kreider and a first round pick for Nash.

Note: Rick Nash Isn’t Distracted By Trade Talk

According to tweets from Andrew Gross, Rick Nash says that he doesn’t feel distracted by the rumors surrounding him.

Nash added, via another tweet from Gross, Nash says he’d have no trouble handling media attention. “I played in the Olympics. This is nothing.”

Buzz: Brian Burke Met With Scott Howson This Morning

According to Sportsnet in Canada, Brian Burke met Columbus GM Scott Howson in New York today and had a meeting over breakfast.

Howson is in town because Columbus plays the Rangers tonight and Burke is in town for a taping of an HBO program.

Sportsnet says that any deal would likely have to include players such as Nazem Kadri, Luke Schenn, Nikolai Kulemin and possibly James Reimer.

Buzz: Columbus Wants “Value” For Rick Nash

According to Eric Francis, in the Calgary Sun, most general managers believe that Rick Nash won’t be traded before the trade deadline and instead will be dealt in the offseason.

When it comes to the Rangers potentially adding Nash, Francis writes “fact is the fit there would be a forced one as well as it would disrupt the chemistry on the league’s top team and cost the Rangers a chance to re-sign key players down the road.”

In the Columbus Dispatch Aaron Portzline writes that it isn’t a requirement for a team to have a goaltender in a package for Nash. Portzline says that the team wants “value” for Nash.

He also adds “The conventional wisdom is that the Blue Jackets would get a better deal for Nash, and the others, if they waited until the NHL draft (June 22-23 in Pittsburgh), when clubs would have more salary cap flexibility and wouldn’t be worried about messing with team chemistry heading into the playoffs.”

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In a poll asked this week, readers were asked if they wanted to see Rick Nash on the Rangers. They responded:

Read: Neil Smith Doesn’t Think That The Rangers Should Trade For Rick Nash

In the NY Post, Mark Everson speaks with former Rangers GM Neil Smith who says that the impact that a trade for Rick Nash would have may not be good for the Rangers.

“When you look at it on the surface, it looks like too big a change, because that player is going to be such an integral part of the team,” Neil Smith said. “It seems like a massive change. With our changes, although large in numbers, there was nobody was going in and upsetting what had really be the core of the team that got you there. Nobody’s ice-time was drastically affected by what we did.

He says that a deal of this magnitude should happen in the offseason when there will be more time for the new player to adapt, “When you get a star player like [Nash], you’re going to affect a number of players’ time as the dominoes fall. When you do it in the summer, you have time for adjustment — not just in training camp, but during the months leading up to the playoffs — and everyone adjusts to the world the way it is that season. When you do it at the deadline, that guy goes right into the fire and the team has to adapt around him immediately.”

Buzz: Rick Nash’s Asking Price

According to Eric Francis on CBC, the asking price for Rick Nash is an impact player that can help the team now, two top prospects and a first round pick.

Elliotte Freidman says that the Rangers WON’T move Michael Del Zotto or Ryan McDonagh but that they are interested in Nash.

Francis says that a deal isn’t likely to happen until the summer.

Freidman says that Columbus is trying to push Nash on the Flyers and then plan to send Jeff Carter to LA.

Steve Zipay writes about Nash at Newsday.

Buzz: The Flyers Are Listening To Rick Nash Offers

Update: 6:14PM: Darren Dreger tweets that the Flyers are not going for Nash right now and that what Columbus wants from Philly is believed to be JVR, Bobrovsky, Schenn and Couturier.

Original Post: According to Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly, The Flyers are listening to Columbus about a deal for Rick Nash.

Columbus GM Scott Howson is at the Flyers game for the second straight Saturday and is being joined by associate Craig Patrick.

The Flyers are believed to still be searching for defense and Panaccio thinks that the players wanted by Columbus would be a combination of Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, James van Riemsdyk and Sergei Bobrovsky.