TSN's Bob McKenzie reported today that Rick Nash of the New York Rangers was ordered to provide a list of teams he would refuse a trade to.
The impending unrestricted free agent can veto a trade to 18 different teams of his choosing, and it's widely believed that the 12 teams he'd be okay going to are Cup contenders.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are one such team that will be a fairly legitimate contender in the Eastern playoff race, so there's a real possibility that they are a team that will inquire for his services, and be on his trade list.
There's a catch, though.
As Sportsnet's Damien Cox reports, Nash refused to be traded to the Leafs back when he was traded out of Columbus several years ago. Of course, back then - it would've been a more permanent trade, and Toronto simply wasn't a competitive team.
Times have changed, he's a rental, and the stars may align themselves for the perfect trade.
Cox names the price he thinks it would cost for Toronto to acquire the pure goal scorer.
A second round pick for Rick Nash? Sounds great. It seems rather unlikely that a second round pick will be the top bid for his services, especially if salary is retained in the deal.
Nash has 15 goals and 10 assists in 52 games this season, which isn't all that impressive, given his pedigree. He's been on the decline for a few years now, so his value is certainly not what it used to be.
The true price would probably be something along the lines of a second round pick and a B-prospect. An Andrew Neilsen perhaps.
Either way, this would be a very interesting move for the Leafs if they can pull it off, the only question is: will Nash accept a trade to "the Six"?