The Rangers are moving closer to becoming sellers before the Feb. 26 trade deadline. Reports emerged Monday indicating veteran winger Rick Nash submitted his 18-team no-trade list. Over the weekend, the New York Post's Larry Brooks reported the Rangers were willing to absorb up to half of the remainder of Nash's $7.8 million salary cap hit. He speculated the Predators, Stars, Blues, Sharks, Penguins and Blue Jackets (Nash's former club) could be interested in the 33-year-old winger. While former Predators captain Mike Fisher recently announced he was coming out of retirement, general manager David Poile could still shop for a top-six scoring winger. Rumors about the Blues and Sharks seeking a scorer have circulated for weeks, but they could be reluctant to part with young players for an aging playoff rental. When the Penguins were struggling back in December, there was talk of GM Jim Rutherford shopping for scoring depth. But with his club having improved in recent weeks, Rutherford could instead consider adding an experienced third-line center. The Stars could consider Nash as an option to bolster struggling veteran center Jason Spezza's scoring game. Sitting 29th in goals-for per game (2.52) and 31st in power-play percentage (14.4), the Jackets need offensive help. Clinging to a wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference, they're in danger of tumbling out of postseason contention. It remains to be seen, however, if a reunion with Nash is in the cards. Nash isn't the only notable Ranger who could soon be on the move. Brooks also reported there's mutual interest between the Blueshirts and Lightning regarding a possible deal involving defenseman Ryan McDonagh. As with Nash, the Rangers are willing to absorb up to half of the 28-year-old McDonagh's annual cap hit ($4.7 million) for a suitable return. The Rangers want to get younger and the Bolts are deep in promising talent. They've dealt with other in the past and could do so again. At the 2014 trade deadline, the Lightning shipped Martin St. Louis to New York for Ryan Callahan.
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Sporting News | Feb 6