Darren Dreger at TSN reports that Columbus upped their already steep asking price for Nash today.
...guess Howson thought Nash's shorthanded goal today was worth another prospect. Greed gets you nowhere.
Update, 6:52 p.m.:
Sportsnet reporting the Rangers are out of Nash sweepstakes.
...looks like neither Sather nor Howson would budge from their demands. No idea who the Rangers go after now. Kostitsyn?
Update, 5:18 p.m.:
Katie Strang at ESPN NY reports that while things could always change, at this point doesn't appear Nash to Rangers is going to happen.
...not going to get excited until 3:01 p.m. tomorrow.
David Pagnotta at The Fourth Period reports that the Rangers are looking at other options other than Rick Nash with secondary scoring and a bottom pair defenseman on their list.
...they better be, because they could use some additional offense and if they can't get Nash I'd hate from them to have done nothing at the deadline.
Meanwhile, Bob McKenzie at TSN feels the fact that Nash played today proves that a deal isn't close to happening.
...good point by McKenzie, although I think Columbus might have played him to keep the few teams in the mix guessing.
Nobody else wants Nash, CBJ has to dump his salary. Dubi, a 1st round pick, and any prospect but Kreider/McIlrath should get the job done tomorrow afternoon.
Hagelin -- Richards -- Callahan
Anisimov -- Stepan -- Gaborik
Dubinsky -- Kreider -- Mitchell
Fedotenko/Rupp -- Boyle -- Prust
Also wonder if Teemu would waive his NTC for a chance at another cup, or if the Ducks think they have a shot at the playoffs.
I'd love it if the Rangers can land Brown or Derek Roy, although the likelihood of either of those two being dealt seems slim. Both impact players with manageable cap hits with more than just this year left on their contracts. Dubi and a #1 for either of them would be a good deal.
I think Kostitsyn makes the most sense, he can add some secondary scoring to the team. You likely wouldn't need to give someone off the current roster, which would add depth to the team for a long playoff run. Likely a player and mid level draft pick, similar to the Wolski trade.
Obviously he would not really help the PP but outside of Nash (who's way too expensive) and maybe Ray Whitney (who's not on the market), I don't see anybody the Rangers can bring in to fix the PP. At this point, it is what it is.
Once deadline passes, I would not be surprised to see Dubi go on a tear, assuming he doesn't get dealt. If cup experience role player is available, do it otherwise try to sign Kreider for playlets and see if they catch lightning in a bottle.
@TheNYRBlog Ray Whitney...but they're playing good now too. As I read earlier, lots of buyers, fewer sellers. Let's see if Sather budges.
I think the Rangers should stay as they are. Making a trade just to make a trade is ridiculous. High priced players who have been brought in from other teams have a really hard time adjusting & playing succesfully under the microscope of the Big Apple & our fans! We keep flirting with # 1 in the entire league. Just leave the Rangers alone and whatever will be will be.
Let's see how smart it is not to add somebody, especially Nash, when they go 2 for 30 on the PP and get booted in the 2nd round of the playoffs despite a brilliant effort from Henrik. This may be Hank's best year. Don't waste it.
CBJ wants to dump that contract to rebuild, and he's insane to think he's getting that much booty with a contract that big. Dubi, a first round pick, and a prospect not named Kreider or McIlrath should get the job done tomorrow afternoon.
They're not out so long as no one else is close to landing him and it's not 3 pm tomorrow. Howson remains shackled by Nash's short list of teams, and his agent's statement that the list won't change. They keep Nash and risk bad juju through til June.
In general, I think teams SHOULD be more cautious about making deals at the trade deadline. You're deep in talks, and everyone knows it; you start worrying that you can't arrive at the deadline empty-handed; and before you know it, you've made a deal you'll end up regretting sooner or later. If the NYR win the Stanley Cup this year, it will be because they are able to continue the winning formula that's worked most of this season--a grind-it-out style that wears opponents down and out-of-this-world goaltending. They'll not going to turn into an offensive powerhouse simply as a result of trading for one very, very good winger who, to my mind, is still short of great. Might he make a difference on a few power plays? Perhaps. But I'm not convinced adding Nash will be what gets them over the proverbial hump. And, then, if you don't win it all this year, would it seem worth it to have traded away so much promise and added to salary cap diffculties for years to come. I don't think so. Again, if the NYR window for winning it all was short, I might say go ahead and roll the dice. But I believe they're only at the beginning of their window. And it would be a shame to shorten that window for the sake of very uncertain benefit.
I like this team as it is. There is something about the group as a whole. The celebration last night after Cally's goal shows that there is something special going on. I would hate to lose a piece of it for someone who has a large contract. Nash is also the face of his team and in case there was any doubt last night showed, this is Cally's team and it should stay that way.
@TheNYRBlog if cbj does trade him over the summer i bet they end up with a lot less than what they could have gotten from teams now
Y does everyone keep mitchell in he's really not good i got a blown knee and can play better then him
@G -- Andrei Kostitsyn, right? From Montreal? I think he's a good choice too. He's a piece of the puzzle maybe and his cap hit is under what we were paying Wolski.
@G FWIW...my dude Deveaux has 13 power play goals for The Whale. Are those goals products of CT's power play system or is he doing something special...?
@G Kostitsyn also has 19 points (11g, 8a) in 38 playoffs games which is pretty solid.
@gravey94 I bet you're right. The LA Kings coach called out Brown and another player about a week or so before the trade deadline about not producing...Brown's name got thrown around as trade bait only to have the GM quash that. Brown had a hat trick against the Hawks the other night.
@dbs50 -- well said
@TufftonyFla @thenyrblog Sather is the "Red Auerbach of Hockey" Hint Howson, that's why your GM if cbj #NYR #NYRangers #nashnotgettingtraded
@TheNYRBlog Kevin - aside from Kreider, regular player, draft pall in comparison to salary cap hit as #1 reason - IMHO - keep us posted!
@TheNYRBlog I meant from the stating lineup if you add those two. Emmy and Rupp? Assuming Bickel and Prust take care of physical stuff