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.”
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.
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.
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.”