We’re about two weeks out from the NHL Trade Deadline on Feb. 27. Rumors are as plentiful as Zac Rinaldo penalty minutes or Rick DiPietro injuries. The latest to hit the web is the Rangers are interested in Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash.
According to the Ottawa Sun, Rangers GM Glen Sather has contacted the Jackets about acquiring the 27-year-old forward who has 18 goals and 38 points, albeit on by far the League’s worst team this season.
The Sun said it would cost the Blueshirts Brandon Dubinsky and top prospect Chris Kreider and a 1st-round pick. According to the 4th Period, Derek Stepan or Carl Hagelin may also be involved in a potential deal. Nash carries a $7.8 million cap-hit through 2017-18.
Just say no, Glen. There’s no denying Nash’s talents, or the fact that the Rangers would benefit mightily from another sniper, but not with that cap-hit, or for that asking price. We know if this team makes a move, it will most likely involve Dubinsky, but I don’t include Kreider, Hagelin or Stepan. If that means not making a deal, then so be it. Sometimes the best moves are the ones we don’t make.
Obviously you have to take these rumors with a grain of salt, but I’m sure Sather is working the phones with the deadline looming. Every team wants to make their team better, but a move like that could really disrupt the chemistry this team has built itself on. I don’t think a big splash is the way to go.
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