On TSN's Insider Trading on Thursday, the following was said about the Rangers:
- Darren Dreger said on Rick Nash, "Rick Nash's agent is a popular agent, maybe the most popular agent in the NHL right now just given the fact that Nash does have the contract and trade protection. I'm told that Resnick has spoken to at least 8, maybe 10 teams already who do have interest in Nash. As far Nash and his interest, I believe that it's the Nashville Predators #1 and perhaps the Dallas Stars #2."
- Dreger on 25 scouts being at MSG on Wednesday, "25 scouts were at Wednesday's game so the league is paying close attention to the business dealings of GM Jeff Gorton and media has targeted Rick Nash and to a certain degree Michael Grabner, but you have to look at the other pieces. I'm hearing that JT Miller, a very serviceable winger is generating a bit of a buzz around the NHL and there is intrigue around Chris Kreider as well. He is still recovering from the blood clot in his right arm, expected to return in perhaps in mid-March, there might be a low level deal there."
- Bob McKenzie on Alain Vigneault's future, "he is very well respected by ownership and management and he has two years left on his deal at $4 million dollars per, but even before the Rangers put this letter out and said to the whole world that they are going to get a lot younger, questions were being asked about Vigneault over the course of the season and if the Rangers do go a lot younger, his stereotype as a coach is dealing better with veteran players than younger players so lots of questions on Vigneault's long-term future with the Rangers."
Adam Rotter: The Rangers are usually one of the most talked about teams at the trade deadline because they are usually looking to add or are being connected to a big piece. Now the Rangers are the most talked about team because they are selling and have a lot of interesting players for other teams. The Rangers are not going to give away JT Miller. He's still young, was really good for most of last season and still has a lot of upside, but he has struggled this season. I'm guessing the Ranger still view Miller as part of their future, but they won't hang up the phone if someone wants to make an offer on him. I don't see the Rangers trading Chris Kreider, mostly because until he proves he is healthy and capable, teams won't pay what his value is. I'm not sure Kreider will even return this season, though this was the first mention of a possible return date.
As for Alain Vigneault's future, I don't think the Rangers have any idea what they plan to do with him yet. His contract isn't an issue and I am sure if he is fired he will be picked up somewhere else, but the test for Vigneault will be what happens and how the team responds post deadline. Mistakes are one thing and can be corrected, but if the Rangers come out with a team full of young and hungry players and are not working hard and playing spoiler, it will likely be time to move on. If the new players help the team get going and the Rangers are able to make a run towards the playoffs, and not just be carried by Henrik Lundqvist, it might be worth giving him another shot next season.