The New York Rangers are finally facing the music, admitting that they are entering a rebuilding mode and looking to sale many pieces prior to the trade deadline.
Several talks have gathered around veteran forward Rick Nash, who was asked to submit to general manager Jeff Gorton a list of 12 teams to which he would be willing to except a trade.
TSN insider Bob McKenzie revealed that the Rangers seek three pieces for Nash. “So a first-round pick, a top prospect and another lesser player, or prospect or pick in combination with those,” explained McKenzie. However, the insider would not be surprised if the Blue Shirts had to settle for a lesser return, potentially a first- and a second-round pick or a first and a prospect.
The interesting twist is that Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman believes that the Rangers could try to bypass the clause in Nash's contract if a team that’s not on his list of preferred trade destinations expresses interest in him and makes a good offer. If a club wants to pursue Nash but does not appear on the list, Friedman suggests the Rangers could ask him if he’ll consider that destination as a possibility.
Many teams have reportedly expressed interest in the 33-year-old forward, notably the Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets and possibly the Winnipeg Jets.
Nash is currently on pace this season for 23 goals and 38 points in 82 games. The veteran is still looking to win his first Stanley Cup of his career, and might make important sacrifices to make his dream come true.
Only time will tell for now, but the Rangers might try their hardest to convince Nash to change his list, if they can land a better return en route for a stronger future in the Big Apple.