The New York Rangers may be holding tightly to a playoff spot, currently sitting in the first Wild Card spot of the Eastern Conference, but they will listen to offers on veteran players like Rick Nash.
The 33-year-old forward has heard his name in trade chatter for the last few months, and as the Feb. 26 deadline nears, it could get even louder. But it might also be because the Rangers and general manager Jeff Gorton might be getting mad on the market.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Sabres top forward Evander Kane, who is expected to be moved before the deadline, could bring a hefty return to Buffalo. The price appears to have gone up for the 26-year-old as it may take an NHL player, a first round draft pick, a prospect and a conditional draft pick to pry him out of Buffalo. Especially if the interested team is looking to sign him before he hits free agency this summer.
Now with the large price tag glued on Kane, New York Post's Larry Brooks believes the return for Nash should be lining up with what the Sabres are asking for Kane.
"If the Sabres believe pending free agent Evander Kane can bring back a package featuring a first-rounder, a prospect and a roster player, then Nash should be worth at least that, if not more," he writes.
It even seems that Nash has heard the rumors on Kane, and himself, and increased his game in the last few games. In his last two games, Nash has tallied four goals and a total of five points to prove to suitors that he's still has a lot in the tank.
“I hope they come in bunches,” said Nash to the Post. “Sometimes you get five or six opportunities a night and don’t score and other times you get two chances and put both in. It’s funny how the game works.”
And Brooks believes that's not the only thing that is funny:
"Just as funny as the Rangers having their best chance to make the playoffs with Nash in the lineup while having their best chance to rebuild the organization by trading him," he concludes.