Buzz: Rangers Interest In Torres And Hamhuis (Updates)

Update:11:52AM: Arthur Staple of Newsday tweets that he has been told the Rangers interest in Torres is exaggerated.

Update:11:17AM: Nick Kypreos, former Ranger, says that they are one of the teams interested in Torres

Update:11:08AM: Andy Strickland expects the Rangers to continue to look at adding Pavol Demitra because of his chemistry with Gaborik

Update:10:24AM: Craig Custance says that no deal is close for Milan Jurcina

Update:10:12AM: Elliotte Friedman says that Torres is a pure rental player and that speculation is that he wants to play in Toronto next season.

Bob McKenzie says the cost of Torres is a first round pick

…A first rounder, thanks, but no thanks

Update:9:29AM: The Columbus Dispatch has more on Jurcina and Torres.

…Torres seems like he is another Avery type, but a better scorer. Could be something that the team needs.

Update:8:31AM: Darren Dreger says that its “status quo” for Hamhuis. Nashville may keep him and deal his rights in the off-season.

ORIGINAL POST ON THE RANGERS INTEREST IN HAMHUIS, TORRES and JURCINA IS AFTER THE JUMP

Original Post:7:40AM: According to Larry Brooks in the New York Post, the Rangers are interested in Columbus winger Raffi Torres who will probably cost around a second round pick.

Torres, 28, is a free agent come the end of the season and has a cap hit of $2.25 million. For the Blue Jackets this season, he has 19 goals and 12 assists.

Torres was formerly a first round pick of the Islanders. He has 446,000 remaining on his contract.

Brooks also notes that the Rangers have inquired about Nashville Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis. Hamhuis, 27, is attracting many offers with a lot of buzz suggesting he could get moved to the Flyers for Ryan Parent.

Brooks writes that the cost for Hamhuis could be a young player over a draft pick. He suggests someone like Matt Gilroy.

He is also a free agent at the end of the season and has a salary cap hit of $2 million. He has 98 hits and 69 blocked shots for Nashville this season. He is 6’1 209lb. He has 414,000 remaining on his contract.

Brooks says that the Rangers have around $2.6 million with a possible $1.79 million added if Enver Lisin and Aaron Voros clear waivers or are picked up by another team.

Milan Jurcina is also a player Brooks says the Rangers could have interest in.