Adam Rotter: The Rangers have their target and could have made a deal for Nash yesterday if they would give up the players that Columbus wants. Sather has to believe that at some point Howson will break and the Rangers will get their man. Nash wants out and doesn’t seem willing to bend on where he wants to go.
Darren Dreger tweets that even though many team may be interested in Rick Nash, he thinks that he will end up with the Rangers, Flyers or Sharks since he has a very specific list of teams he wants to go to.
He calls SJ a long shot.
Update: Aaron Portzline picks the Rangers and Flyers as co-favorites and thinks that whichever one doesn’t get Bobby Ryan will go all in for Nash.
He also says not to discount Ottawa and that Nash could bend and add a team to his list to get away from Columbus
At ESPN Insider, Craig Custance writes that it is no lock that Zach Parise will pick a new team or sign a new contract on July 1 and because of the magnitude of the decision, he could take some time to think it over.
Custance notes that one player who would suffer because of this would be Rick Nash.
He writes that most people think that Scott Howson will wait until Parise signs to trade Nash to a team that lost out on signing the Devils captain and that a delay in signing for Parise would have a negative impact on the market for Rick Nash.
Custance adds, “ It’s also possible that a team that senses it doesn’t have a shot at Parise decides to beat the rush to trade for Nash and overwhelms Howson with an offer. So far, that hasn’t happened.”
In the Columbus Dispatch, Michael Arace writes that seemingly everyone except for Scott Howson wants the Rick Nash saga to be over.
He notes that the Blue Jackets are looking for between 3 and 5 pieces that are a combination of high end prospects, NHL talent and draft picks.
Arace writes that the Blue Jackets either need to deal him or hold a press conference and say “We cannot get fair value for Nash. He means more to us than anyone, which is why we agreed to pay him $62.4 million over eight years. In any case, he is contractually obligated to suit up for our team. Period. And besides, we have no other forwards.”
He adds, “Trade him or keep him. Resolution is long overdue. This is turning into a joke, which is the last thing Columbus needs at this point of its rebuilding, or reshaping, or whatever it is.”