6:03PM: Larry Brooks reports that the Rangers appear willing to assume up to 50% of both Ryan McDonagh's and Rick Nash's cap hits in potential trade deadline moves. (NY Post)
He lists Nashville, Columbus, Dallas, St. Louis, San Jose and Pittsburgh as potential options for Nash. (NY Post)
Brooks writes that in regards to McDonagh, the Rangers will eat the money to get a "commensurate return" for McDonagh. (NY Post)
He notes that there is "definitely mutual interest" in exploring whether or not there would be a match between the Rangers and Tampa Bay. (NY Post)
A trade to Tampa Bay would reunite McDonagh with Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi. (NY Post)
Bob McKenzie was tweeting about Tampa Bay earlier today and noted that they have all of their draft picks for the next three years as well as "a lot of prospects in the pipeline." (McKenzie)
McKenzie added that Tampa, as well as Nashvile, are looking at all options and doing their due diligence on all players, including Ryan McDonagh. (McKenzie)
Adam Rotter: Tampa Bay would be an interesting destination for McDonagh and in some ways close the book on this era in Rangers history, the one that in some ways started when Ryan Callahan was sent to Tampa Bay. Besides all of that, Tampa has the picks and young drafted players that could possibly make a deal work. I'd assume the price to send Tampa would be high and probably include some element of conditional picks in the event McDonagh decides to join the rest of the former Rangers in Tampa on a permanent basis.
As for Nash, retaining salary for him makes sense as do many of the teams listed. Columbus, Dallas because of Ken Hitchcock and the Sharks because of Joe Thornton all make sense. With the Penguins, that would be hard to see and since the Rangers would likely have to take salary back, Pittsburgh would have to pay a hefty premium that I'm not sure they would do. Nashville is interesting as they are going for it in a big way. They already made a big move for Kyle Turris and the two teams have a history of making deals. I think Nashville would also be a place Nash would accept a trade to.