Find out which teams have interest in the Columbus Blue Jackets captain today. Enjoy!
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks believes the Rangers next two games could influence any potential deal by the Blueshirts to obtain Rick Nash. Brooks cites sources claiming” the Rangers have designated Ryan McDonagh, Michael Del Zotto, 2009 first-rounder Chris Kreider and 2011 first-rounder J.T. Miller as untouchables when the Blue Jackets requested their inclusion in the package”. Sather is apparently willing to part with “Brandon Dubinsky, Christian Thomas, and perhaps 2010 first-rounder Dylan McIlrath plus a first round pick”, but not defenseman Tim Erixon. Brooks doubts the Blue Jackets would be swayed by the offer, and if it’s the best on the market at this time, could hold onto Nash and try again in the off-season.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s suggestion the LA Kings might be better off pursuing Jeff Carter than Rick Nash, and his suggestion Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky could be an option for the Kings.
NEW YORK TIMES: Jeff Z. Klein reported on rumors the Kings could bundle goalie Jonathan Bernier into a offer for Nash, but noted Bernier hasn’t had any experience as an NHL starter, suggesting if GM Dean Lombardi could swap Bernier for Nash or any other player of value, it could be a steal for the Kings.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: David Pollak reports San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson won’t let his club’s current struggles influence any decision on making significant deals by Monday’s deadline. Wilson declined to comment on reports he’s interested in Nash, but did note “one of the most important things we do is make this a place that players do want to play and make it an attractive destination.”
TSN.CA: Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke declined to comment on if he had interest in Nash, citing the league’s tampering rules, but did say he has “no firm offer on the table” for Nash.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports sources claim Sharks GM Doug Wilson has contacted the Blue Jackets about Nash and Carter…Teams are waiting to see if the Colorado Avalanche become buyers or sellers to see what happens to winger Milan Hejduk…Teams have also given up on the possibility of Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne waiving his movement clause…Capitals winger Mike Knuble is coveted by teams seeking veteran help, like the Rangers, Bruins, Wings and Blackhawks…The Kings, Rangers, Bruins and Sharks are believed interested in Ales Hemsky…”Confirm or deny: the Predators have held talks with the Jackets about Nash”…The Hurricanes haven’t held contract talks with defensemen Bryan Allen or Jaroslav Spacek.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Even though Carter’s got that ten-year contract, I can’t help but think he might be a better fit with the Kings than Nash, as he’d be reunited with his old Flyers teammate and friend Mike Richards, possibly to the benefit of both players…Hemsky could become available to the Kings or anyone else if he insists on a long-term extension from the Oilers…If the Rangers go for Nash, it’ll be a big gamble on Sather’s part, akin to those he made at the turn of this century with Bure, Kovalev and Jagr, which could have serious consequences for his team, now and in the future…I think the Sharks would be more interested in Nash in the off-season…Klein makes an interesting point about Bernier…As for the Avs, they’re currently within two points of a playoff berth, and if they remain that way by Monday, they could be buyers, not sellers…Confirm or deny the Predators having talks about Nash? Hmmm, I wouldn’t be surprised if GM David Poile had contacted the Blue Jackets, but if he were to make a serious pitch, I’d expect it in the off-season, not now….Capitals GM George McPhee recently denied Knuble was being shopped. Of course, he could change his mind by Monday if his team keeps playing like crap…I don’t believe the Maple Leafs are serious players for Nash right now. Maybe in the off-season if he’s still available, but not now.