With the NHL's Feb. 26 trade deadline less than two weeks away, the Rangers are dominating the rumor mill. The club's admission last week in a statement to their fans indicating changes were coming fueled speculation over their potential moves leading up to deadline day.
Most of the trade chatter involves veteran forward Rick Nash, who's due to become a free agent in July. While the 33-year-old winger's production has declined since his 42-goal performance in 2014-15, he remains a hot commodity in the trade market.
On Thursday, TSN's Darren Dreger reported Nash's agent spoke with at least 8-10 teams with varying degrees of interest in his client. Dreger said the Predators and Stars could be among Nash's preferred trade destinations. He also wondered about a possible reunion with the Blue Jackets.
Nash's availability could also affect the value of other stars in the trade market, such as Sabres wing Evander Kane. The Sabres have set a high asking price, but Dreger's colleague Pierre LeBrun speculated whatever the Rangers get for Nash could be used as a comparable by clubs pursuing Kane.
Other teams linked to Nash include the Flames, Penguins, Blues and Jets. There was some skepticism over the possibility he would accept being dealt to a Canadian club, having previously rejected those clubs when he was being shopped by the Blue Jackets in 2012. However, Nash told the New York Post's Larry Brooks he's not ruling out Canadian contenders this time around. TSN's Frank Seravalli reports the Maple Leafs are believed to be on Nash's list.
Brooks considers Nash the most attractive “top-six, complete-game, secondary-scoring winger” available. Rather than accept late first-round picks or mid-level prospects in return, he feels the Rangers should ask for NHL-ready players.
Rangers targets take over the rumor mill as deadline nears
Sporting News | Feb 13