In the Columbus Dispatch, Aaron Portzline writes that many people are starting to think of Rick Nash as good but not a great player based on how his statistics have lined up over the past couple of seasons.
Portzline notes that Nash is one of four players, along with Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Jarome Iginla to score 30 goals a season in each of the last five seasons.
He adds, “But the sense among NHL executives is that Nash will return to his dominating ways when he gets traded, that the weight of the franchise had taken a toll on him.”
Adam Rotter:I always remember Nash as a force in 2010 Olympics for Team Canada and I think that is the player Nash will be when he is traded. He will be sent a team where he won’t be the only big player and will only need to be part of the team and not the entire team. If you acquire Nash you are getting an elite goal scorer, but is it worth the cost in terms of assets and salary cap space he would take up?
3:54PM: According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, the Flyers are definitely on Rick Nash’s list and are very involved in talks with Columbus. He also notes that losing JVR is not the end of the Flyers’ pursuit.
With the Rangers, Portzline writes he can’t confirm CBJ are asking for Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan or Ryan McDonagh, but does say many proposals have been thrown around.
He adds that Columbus would trade him to Detroit, but is unclear what their package would be.
On the Sharks, he adds “You just know San Jose is in the weeds. The Sharks have an offer on the table. It could be sweetened.”
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.
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.”
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.
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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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
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.