Will Rick Nash be traded today? Which teams are bidding for him? Read on for the latest.
ESPN.COM/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/NORTHJERSEY.COM: report the Rangers appear out of the bidding for Columbus Blue Jackets winger Rick Nash, unless the Jackets reduce their asking price. It’s believed the Jackets were seeking forward Brandon Dubinsky, top prospect Chris Kreider, and another player plus a first round pick. The Rangers reportedly don’t wish to part with Kreider, defensemen Michael Del Zotto and Ryan McDonagh, or center Derek Stepan. Other trade options for the Rangers could include Buffalo’s Paul Gaustad and Carolina’s Jaroslav Spacek.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH/THE GLOBE AND MAIL: The only issue regarding a Rick Nash trade is when, not if, it happens. Should the Jackets be unable to trade Nash at today’s deadline, they’re expected to move him in the off-season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blue Jackets won’t give Nash away, and won’t lower their asking price, which increases the possibility of a summer trade. The Maple Leafs and Sharks are rumored still in the bidding, and the Predators were rumored to have made inquiries, though reportedly they’re not on his list of preferred destinations. Unless another team decides to gamble and jump into this late, Nash could still be a Blue Jacket after 3 pm ET today.