Larry Brooks writes that Jeff Gorton should be in "aggressive listening mode" on Rick Nash when it comes to the trade deadline. (NY Post)
Brooks says that when it comes to a price for Nash "nothing less than a first-rounder would do" but that since Nash is a UFA this summer, Gorton should also consider packages including second rounders and more. (NY Post)
Nash has interest in staying with the Rangers and the Rangers reportedly have interest in keeping him, but Brooks writes that the "likelihood" is that Nash won't be back with the Rangers next year even with a "hometown discount." (NY Post)
Nash has a modified no-trade clause and submits a list of 12 teams that he can be traded to.
Adam Rotter: I don't think the Rangers will trade Rick Nash at the deadline unless they decide they want to take a step back, acquire assets and be okay with missing the playoffs. I don't expect the Rangers to have that mindset and that they will keep Nash. I expect Nash to stay with the Rangers past this season, and take a discount to return, because of his potential to score, his leadership and his two-way play. Nash can still be a valuable player and while his name will still be Rick Nash, expectations and many outside factors would change if his cap hit was half of what it is now.