According to Pierre LeBrun at ESPN.com, the Rangers are not happy that the Rick Nash situation is taking this long to play out and because of that, they are engaging with Anaheim in talks for Bobby Ryan.
LeBrun says that Zach Parise is true to his word and won’t sign with the Rangers.
In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that the chances for a Rangers trade for Rick Nash are “nil unless Howson returns to Planet Earth.”
It was reported that Columbus asked Boston for two players from a group of Tyler Seguin, Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic.
Nash may not be moved until after Zach Parise signs in July.
The price for Nash appears to be two established players and two prospects.
Bob McKenzie tweets, “Teams interested in Rick Nash say asking price remains high and there’s no sense out of CBJ anything is imminent. Likely to be post-July 1.”
7:28PM: On TSN, Scott Howson said, “I would be surprised if a trade happened tonight. The market isn’t what we thought.”
6:10PM: Nick Cotsonika tweets, “Rangers not sure they will trade for Nash. Jackets still want too much.”
6:08PM: James Duthie tweets, “As it stands right now, CBJ doubtful Nash gets traded tonight.Feel market will heat up once Parise signs after July 1.”
Aaron Portzline tweets, “One call can change everything, of course. But the sense now across the #NHL is that Rick Nash will not be traded this weekend.”
He adds, “Nash situation appears headed into free agency and perhaps beyond, say, late July.”
According to Sam Carchidi in the Philly Inquirer, the Flyers are still in discussions with Columbus about Rick Nash and they are also talking to Anaheim about Bobby Ryan.
Ryan is from South Jersey and Stu Hackel writes at SI that his family is good friends with Flyers executive Bobby Clarke.
The Flyers traded Sergei Bobrovsky to Columbus earlier today.
The Boston Bruins are not in the Rick Nash sweeps according to Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.
Haggerty says that Boston was asked to part with two from the group of Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic and prospect Dougie Hamilton, along with other prospects and draft picks.
12:02PM: According to a tweet from Renaud Lavoie of RDS, translated from french, “Camp Rick Nash getting impatient and puts pressure for the transaction to take place quickly.”
Columbus GM Scott Howson has said that he will wait until he gets the right deal to trade Nash.
Lavoie also tweets, “Sens are still talking to Columbus about Rick Nash. Budget question for Ottawa right now.”
According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, the Rangers are not trading Marc Staal, Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh, along with Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Henrik Lundqvist, in a deal to acquire more scoring.
Brooks notes that the Ducks aren’t interested in Brandon Dubinsky and while they would have interest in Derek Stepan, the Rangers may not like having Artem Anisimov or Brandon Dubinsky as the second line center.
He writes that the Rangers probably can’t acquire Ryan unless they relent and move some of their younger players. Brooks also notes that the Rangers won’t acquire Rick Nash unless Columbus GM Scott Howson lowers his demands.
In regards to Nash, Brooks writes that Nash’s agent has said that he won’t expand his list of teams and that the Flyers and Senators are not on that list.
According to Jeff Z. Klein of the NY Times, Howson asked for Brandon Dubinsky and a combination of Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin, Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh, Michael Del Zotto and possibly two first round picks in a deal for Nash at the deadline.
He notes that McDonagh, Kreider and possibly Hagelin are untouchable.
7:47PM: Ken Campbell writes in The Hockey News that the teams on Nash’s list are the Rangers, Flyers, Sharks, Bruins, Pens, Red Wings and Blackhawks.
5:55PM: According to Nick Kypreos, tweets that the Sharks and the Senators are the teams with the most interest in Rick Nash as of tonight.
In a Sharks trade, Kypreos tweets some of the names being speculated are Ryane Clowe, Joe Pavelski, Jason Demers and a first round pick.
In a Sens trade, Kypreos tweets that some of the names are Mika Zibanejad, Robin Lehner and a first round pick.
Zibanejad has been mentioned in previous rumors of a Nash to Ottawa deal.
According to Aaron Portzline in the Columbus Dispatch, the Blue Jackets have not set a deadline for when they would like to move Rick Nash and are still waiting for a trade that they deem worthy.
Portzline says that the Blue Jackets are willing to wait pats July 1 to find the right deal and may even be wiling to bring Nash back next season and continue to wait.
He adds that Bobby Ryan becoming available has hurt the Blue Jackets demands for Nash as the price for Ryan is believed to be lower.
Portzline writes, “If a deal isn’t done Friday, the chances increase dramatically that the deal won’t get done until after free agency starts, until a club that doesn’t get Zach Parise becomes desperate to land Nash.”
11:55AM: Dreger tweets, “Nash’s agent, Joe Resnick will meet with CBJ gm Scott Howson this afternoon. Have to think he encourages a trade.”
The Flyers are believed to want Rick Nash.