A slightly different question:

If Rick Nash had been an unrestricted free agent last summer, would anyone have thought it a great idea for the Rangers to sign the power winger to a seven-year, $54.6 million contract carrying a cap hit of $7.8 million per?

Would general manager Glen Sather have really gone all in on Nash, making him not only the highest-paid player on the team, but the fifth-highest paid player (per cap hit) in the NHL while committing to him through 2017-18?

And if the answer to that question is even "not likely," let alone, "probably not," much less, "are you nuts?" even while acknowledging free agents get premium prices because teams don't have to relinquish valuable assets in order to add them, then why would Sather make that commitment now when the cost will include prime beef?