In case you missed it, the New York Rangers surprised the hockey worlds yesterday when they effectively admitted to their fanbase that they’ve given up hope on earning a Stanley Cup Playoffs berth this postseason. In a letter addressed to fans, Rangers president Glen Sather and GM Jeff Gorton laid out their plans for overhauling and rebuilding the team’s roster at the upcoming trade deadline and into the offseason.
Here’s the letter in full:
The most intriguing part though may have been when the Rangers admitted that they will offload players at the deadline:
This of course has led to wild speculation amongst NHL fans and analysts as to whom the Rangers may be looking to ship out. But there’s one player that everyone agrees will be moved: Rick Nash.
The veteran forward has been asked for his 10 team trade list and, barring something completely unforeseen, will be moved prior to the NHL’s February 26th trade deadline. But, where will he end up? Well, despite Nash submitting a list of 10 team trade list, TSN’s Darren Dreger is reporting that trade targets have been narrowed down to just two teams: the Nashville Predators and the Dallas Stars.
Preds GM David Poile is never one to shy away from a big deal, making blockbusters for Ryan Johansen, P.K. Subban and Kyle Turris all within the past two seasons. The veteran GM has also let it be known that he’s seeking some scoring depth on the wing, could Nash fit the bill? At least as a playoff rental?
The Stars are another seemingly good fit for Nash. He has history with Stars head coach Ken Hitchcock from his time with the Columbus Blue Jackets and with big man Martin Hanzal still on the shelf, Nash could fill a big role with the team.
Dreger also reports that, while the Rangers are willing to negotiation with anyone on Nash’s trade list, the Preds and Stars are at the top of Nash’s list. Because of the history and the good will between Nash and the Rangers organization, the team will do all they can to make sure Nash lands up in one of his preferred landing spots.