2/7/18 | 10:20PM: On NBCSN on Wednesday, Bob McKenzie spoke about Nash and said that the Rangers are getting a lot of calls on Nash, the price will be high and the Rangers are prepared to eat up to 50% of his cap hit to facilitate a trade to a team that might be near the cap.
He said that right now the Rangers are asking for a first round pick, a top prospect and a lesser player/pick/prospect.
12:04PM: Elliotte Friedman writes that Nash's list may not matter and that a team not on his list could ask for permission to try and convince him to accept a trade.(Sportsnet)
He adds that it would "surprise no one" if Nash is traded and then returns to the Rangers. (Sportsnet)
2/6/18 | 6:48PM: On Insider Trading, Bob McKenzie spoke about Rick Nash and said:
- "at this moment, to start, as was the case when Evander Kane became available as a rental with the Buffalo Sabres, 3 pieces seem to be the asking price for Rick Nash. A first round pick, a top prospect and another lesser player or prospect or pick in combination with those."
- "A lot of GMs think these rental prices are way too high and whether it's the Sabres and Kane or the Rangers and Nash, the bottom line price is going to be the same as what Minnesota gave up for Martin Hanzal, a first round pick and a second round pick or you could equate it as a first round pick and a prospect and that seems to be the price."
Pierre LeBrun said that the Rangers are telling teams that they are willing to eat a "pretty healthy portion" of Nash's cap hit to not only facilitate a deal but maximize as many young assets as they can return.
12:15PM: Bob McKenzie, on TSN 1040, said that he expects that the Rangers will want a return for Rick Nash that is at least comparable to what Minnesota gave up to acquire Martin Hanzal last year.
McKenzie said that the Rangers are going to want to make sure that they get "at least a first round pick, maybe a second round pick or a prospect on top of that. Maybe even a third element, another pick or lower end player. They will be looking for at least what Arizona got for Martin Hanzal." (TSN 1040)
Hanzal, along with Ryan White and a 2017 4th round pick, was traded from Arizona to Minnesota last year for a package including a 2017 first round pick, 2018 second round pick, a 2019 conditional 4th rounder and minor leaguer Grayson Downing.
McKenzie notes that the following teams, Winnipeg, St. Louis, Anaheim, Boston, Calgary, LA and San Jose are all reportedly looking for a scoring winger.
Nash has submitted a list of at least 12 teams that he would accept a trade to.
Darren Dreger noted on TSN 1050 this morning that Nash's list could have been done strategically to include teams up against the cap that might not actually be able to acquire him or non-playoff teams.
Dreger said that because of that, Nash's actual list may only be 5 or 6 teams. (TSN 1050)
Pierre LeBrun noted on Monday that he thinks the Rangers will eat some money to facilitate a trade of Nash. (TSN 1290)
Adam Rotter: A first round pick this year or a recently drafted first round pick is likely a must for the Rangers in any Nash deal. Only two first rounders were traded last year, Arizona got one for Hanzal and the Blues got one for Kevin Shattenkirk. The year before, Andrew Ladd was traded for one but, for the most part, teams have held onto their first rounders the last couple of years. With the Rangers looking at more of a retool, than a full on rebuild, they may be more interested in recently drafted players that might be closer to playing in the NHL than a late first round pick that still might take a few years to develop. The Rangers should look to get three pieces back for Nash, maybe even four if they retain a good amount of salary and/or even take a player back. They should try to do everything they can, whether it's retaining salary or taking back a, reasonable, contract to get the best possible package.