Buzz: What The Rangers Are Willing To Offer Columbus For Rick Nash

In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that Glen Sather is prepared to offer two players from the Rangers roster and two prospects in a deal to get Rick Nash.

He writes that Scott Howson continues to ask for two players from the group of Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan.

Brooks writes that Howson has attempted to create a bidding war with other teams for Nash, but those other teams, Philly, Ottawa and Carolina, are not on his preferred list of destinations.

He also adds that Sather has been interested in acquiring Nash since the 2010-11 season when Howson called to inquire about Michael Del Zotto who had been sent to Hartford.

BUZZ: Glen Sather WANTS Rick Nash (Updates)

5:51PM:
Aaron Portzline tweets, “Any closer to trading #CBJ captain Rick Nash? GM Scott Howson “No.”

He adds, “Said all along, though, that likely window for a Nash trade is July 2-5, or the few days after Zach Parise finds a new home.”

4:51PM:


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.

Buzz: The Rangers and Blue Jackets Have Multiple Trade Scenarios

4:28PM:  Ian Mendes tweets, “Murray confirms Nash wouldn’t waive NTC to come to Ottawa. “There was no sense in chasing – we didn’t feel that was necessary.”

4:07PM: Darren Dreger says that it appears the Flyers are out on Nash right now.

3:59PM: Brooks adds, “Told that Red Wing offer for Nash is not competitive…Carolina, Ottawa, Philly not on 61’s list.”

3:55PM: Larry Brooks tweets; “Another day, another attempt by Howson to prod Rangers into doing something won’t do. It’s a waste of time.”

Brooks updates and says, “Another day another attempt by Howson to prod NYR into doing something they wont do. Not trading Kreider, Stepan or McDonagh. Waste of time”

3:50PM: Carolina and Detroit are in a strong competition with New York Rangers for Rick Nash.Nothing imminent.Canes said to be pushing hard.

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Buzz: Rick Nash Has A Very Short List

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

Buzz: Three Guys The Rangers WON’T Trade For Rick Nash

Larry Brooks tweets that the Rangers WILL NOT trade Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider or Ryan McDonagh in a deal for Rick Nash, even if Columbus is seriously talking to other teams about Nash.

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Buzz: The Flyers Are In Serious Rick Nash Talks

Tim Panaccio tweets that the Flyers are in serious talks for Rick Nash.

He adds, “What is holding up a deal is CBJ want top assets and Flyers wont agree to Schenn and Couturier. L Schenn deal last week a factor here”

Buzz: Status Quo With Rick Nash But The Rangers Are Still Interested

Pierre LeBrun writes at ESPN.com that it is not expected that Rick Nash will be moved before July 1 and that Columbus plans to stick with it’s plan of waiting until after Zach Parise signs.

Katie Strang writes at ESPN NY that the Rangers are still “keenly” interested in acquiring Nash, but only if GM Scott Howson drops his asking price.

90% of readers think that the Rangers should NOT pay the price that Howson is demanding to get Nash.

Read: How Zach Parise Could Further Delay A Rick Nash Trade

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.”


Read: When Will Columbus Move Rick Nash/The Mixture Of Pieces They Want

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.”