Jeff Gorton said on Friday that he wouldn't say that any potential trades are "imminent" but that things can change with one phone call. (NY Post)
Gorton said that the Rangers have "a lot of balls in the air" and that it's hard to predict when things will happen. (NY Post)
Larry Brooks noted that the Rangers are "committed" to moving pending free agents Rick Nash, Michael Grabner, Nick Holden and David Desharnais. (NY Post)
He added that there are "precious few players" that are off-limits as the organization looks to retool. (NY Post)
Brooks wrote earlier in the week that Gorton and the Rangers should make their trades as quickly as they can so they can hope to avoid injury and get their return before more players become available. (NY Post)
Andy Strickland tweets that he "keeps hearing" that the Rangers are more interested in top prospects/roster players than acquiring draft picks.
Adam Rotter: I would expect someone to step up in the next week and pay the price the Rangers want for Rick Nash. In prior years there are usually a few "big" trades made in the days leading up to the deadline and I expect that to be the case with Nash. Grabner could fall into that category as well but I'd expect both Holden and Desharnais to be moved on the actual deadline day. As for the players who are not rentals, the feeling continues to be that if the Rangers move any of them by 2/26 at 3PM it will be for some sort of "home run" type of haul. In the event that any/all of these guys are still with the team by 2/22, it will be interesting to see how the Rangers handle things and how many of them would sit out the 3 in 4 night stretch before the deadline as a precaution.
In terms of the Rangers wanting players back instead of picks, that makes sense. The Rangers should be looking for highly skilled and high upside players that have been drafted as opposed to looking to maybe get the 29th pick in the first round. Draft picks are important but the Rangers should definitely be looking for an already drafted player or someone close to being an NHLer as the centerpiece for many of these potential deals.