Over the weekend it was reported that one of the names that Rick Nash is one of the names that could be brought up in rumors and Elliotte Friedman added "there seems to be a little bit of smoke to this one."
Nash has a list of 12 teams that he can accept a trade to and Friedman said that he thinks the Rangers may have been asked about Nash and speculates that under the right circumstances the Rangers would move him.
Friedman added that the Rangers think that Nash's struggles at times this year were due to playing hurt and that if he is healthy he will be a more effective player.
On the Rangers Blue Line podcast last week, Craig Button said that he doesn't know how the Rangers will be able to move Nash's contract and that at times he found himself as a third-liner.
Button said that Nash, at $7.8 million, needs to produce in a more "significant way" and that he doesn't think Nash is capable of that
Button doesn't know which teams will be able to take on Nash's contract and that the Rangers may have to try and find a comparable contract to trade for Nash.
Larry Brooks wrote on Wednesday that even if the Rangers are able to move Nash it's unlikely that the Rangers will save $7.8 million, noting that they may have to eat some money or take back a "relatively pricey contract in return." (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: There are a lot of different ways the Rangers could try and go with moving Nash, if that is what they decide to do, but none of them seem great or ideal. Eating money on Nash's deal is probably the best way to go in terms of getting the best return, but then you are stuck with dead cap space for two-years.
Still, retaining salary would likely be the best way to go. Taking 25% of Nash's contract would leave the Rangers with $1.95 million in dead space but leave Nash at a cap hit of $5.85 which seems very fair if not a little low for him. For 25% retention the Rangers would hopefully be able to get a cheaper/younger roster player as well as some picks.