Larry Brooks wrote on Friday that the Rangers should be able to "cash in" on Rick Nash as they reportedly look to trade the pending UFA before the trade deadline. (NY Post)
Brooks writes that Nash is the "perfect fit" for a team looking to add forward and lists Dallas, St. Louis, San Jose and possibly Tampa Bay as good fits. (NY Post)
He notes that based on previous trades for rentals the Rangers should be able to get a "legit" young player and a first round pick as well as assume up to 50% of Nash's cap hit, which could increase the return. (NY Post)
There are conflicting reports about whether Nash has submitted his list of approved trade destinations. Darren Dreger said that Nash had not been asked yet for his list while Larry Brooks writes the list was submitted over the summer. (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: Dallas and San Jose make sense as options because Nash has a connection to Ken Hitchcock with the Stars as well as Joe Thornton with the Sharks. Nash has a certain level of control over where he goes and I think that while the Rangers will look for the best possible return, they will also try to do right by Nash. Nash wants to stay a Ranger, and while I have said previously that I believe he could/should be kept or re-signed, it seems as if the Rangers want to break from where they are and go in a new direction. I still wouldn't totally rule out the possibility of Nash returning over the summer, but he would probably need to take an even bigger discount than previously thought.
In terms of possible returns, I think that if it's Dallas the Rangers would focus in on Valeri Nichushkin, the former 10th overall pick who has spent the past two seasons in the KHL. He's the exact type of youngish, high skill player that the Rangers are likely to want.