10:20PM: On NBCSN on Wednesday, Bob McKenzie spoke about the Rangers and said:
- "A lowercase "r" rebuild. It's not a teardown. Let's make it perfectly clear here, Jeff Gorton, the GM of the Rangers and his management team are not looking at burning this thing down and bottoming out for 3-5 years like a lot of franchises have done. He is most certainly in the mode in listening on anybody, I would go so far to say this, there is only one untouchable on the New York Rangers and that is Henrik Lundqvist. We will see rentals flying out the door, Rick Nash, Michael Grabner, Nick Holden, those guys will be dealt before the deadline. Jeff Gorton will listen on Ryan McDonagh, he will listen on Mats Zuccarello and he is going to listen on some of the younger guys like JT Miller, Chris Kreider and others. I can't imagine a deal that would get Brady Skjei out of New York any time soon but I also know that at this time the Rangers are not shutting down any possibilities and their quest right now is to get as many first and second round picks, prospects and young players as they can to try and reload over the next number of years."
- On the price for Rick Nash, "it's going to be high. He gave his 12 team list to the Rangers and the Rangers are getting a lot of calls on Nash. The Rangers are prepared to eat 50% of his remaining salary to facilitate him getting to a cap team and that could increase the yield that the Rangers get on the return. What they want right now is three pieces, a first round pick, a top prospect and a lesser player/pick/prospect. It's the same as what Buffalo has been asking for Evander Kane."
- On Grabner and Holden, "there is lots of interest in Grabner and any time you get a depth defenseman like Holden, he's more of that second level rental but he is going to go and someone will give up a draft pick to get him. Grabner is the really interesting one because he scored 27 goals last year, 21 this year and his offensive productivity is better than Nash's has been and his salary is much less than than Nash costs. Right now the Rangers are asking teams for a first round pick on Grabner, that is it. There are teams out there that are saying they won't give a first rounder on Grabner now, still 2-3 weeks from the deadline but that is the asking price right now. Some teams think that he will be a more cost efficient buy than Nash, who will cost them more in terms of dollars and acquisition price."
- McKenzie added later in the show that Tampa Bay is talking to the Rangers about Ryan McDonagh.
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