Update, 2:12 p.m.:
Victoria Matiash at ESPN Insider reports that Columbus GM Scott Howson has not yet talked seriously with the Rangers about Nash.
…wait? What? How is that possible.
Meanwhile, Corey Pronman also at ESPN Insider gives five prospects the Rangers could offer for Nash including Tim Erixon, Chris Kreider, Michael St. Croix, J.T. Miller and Dylan McIlrath.
…my thoughts on trading any of those five: no, no, no, no and no.
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record says if the Rangers acquire Rick Nash before the trading deadline it would likely signal the end of Marian Gaborik’s tenure with the Blueshirts…
“Squeezing Nash’s contract under their tight salary cap would likely preclude the Rangers from re-signing a then-32-year-old Gaborik as his deal is completed.
Or, with the need to re-sign upcoming restricted free agent Michael Del Zotto ($1.1 million) after this season and fellow young-core members Ryan McDonagh ($1.3 million) and Derek Stepan ($875,000) after the 2012-13 season, while also presumably finding a spot for top prospect, current Boston College left wing Chris Kreider — assuming none are dealt for Nash — the Rangers may feel compelled to trade Gaborik sooner.”
Gross adds that because Gaborik, Nash and Brad Richards all need the puck to be successful it would be difficult to get each of them enough touches.
…this is a very interesting sidebar to the whole Nash trade rumor. Not every elite player can succeed on the big stage in New York and we already know Gaborik can. No so sure with Nash. But in three years would a 32-year-old, injury prone Gaborik be better than an in-his-prime 29-year-old-Nash? Doubtful.
…when Gaborik’s contract runs out in 2014 he will most likely be reduced to a complimentary player. So the Rangers will really have to hope players such as Stepan, Kreider, Hagelin and Miller develop to their potential if they want to have any offense. But if they’re able to bring in a Nash at the deadline, when Gaborik’s deal is done they’ll still have a certified sniper to go along with a stable of rising young talent. That is unless they trade all of that talent away to get Nash.
…either way, another tough question Sather has to answer in his pursuit of Nash.
For Wojtek Wolski’s thoughts on possibly being traded, click the “Read More” tab below.
Pat Leonard at the Daily News has this quote from Wojtek Wolski on getting moved at the deadline…
“I know I’m supposed to be getting traded, I hear it all the time,” said Wolski, who becomes a restricted free agent after his two-year, $7.6 million expires at the end of the season. “I know I have a big contract. If they could trade me and free some space and get some value, I’m sure it’s possible. But I have no control over any of that.”
…wow, those are some pretty pretty open and honest statements from Wolski. Rarely hear that from athletes these days.
…as far as him being traded, he’s correct the Rangers would love to move him and his salary.