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If Nash becomes an auction Sather needs to step away

According to reports there are as many as seven teams who have had serious discussions regarding Rick Nash. This is exactly the kind of market Scott Howson and the Columbus Blue Jackets will have hoped for and exactly what the Rangers will not have wanted.

With Zach Parise apparently ruling himself out of a free agency switch to New York, Nash likely becomes the most realistic target for the Rangers as they have both the assets and financial ability to trade for Nash and can appeal to his desire to play for a competitive team. If Nash wants to play for a playoff team then the Rangers are a major player for the power forward.

The problem is, should the Rangers give up too much to acquire Nash (becoming increasingly likely if the market is genuinely competitive for his acquisition) he not only becomes the well documented cap concern (especially with Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik and Henrik Lundqvist’s contracts already on board) but his acquisition may set the club back in terms of depth depending on what goes the other way.

Speculating on what the Rangers may send the other way for Nash is pointless until you realise which teams are actually in the mix, what teams Nash will seriously consider (in full control thanks to his full NMC) and what Columbus want as a center piece; for example if Columbus truly demands a starting goalie – as rumoured with San Jose and Niemi – then the Rangers fall out of reckoning.

What we can speculate on however is the absurd initial demands Columbus made around the deadline and if the market is now bigger for Nash there is little chance Sather can get the big winger for less than the demands he baulked at way back at the deadline.

The Rangers would be advised not to chase him cost be damned. If an Eastern conference rival wants to strip their organisation of assets and throw a big package at Columbus to acquire Nash Sather should let them. The Rangers cannot beat Pittsburgh, Philly or Boston long term with a lack of depth. Meanwhile, while Nash is hugely talented there are still question marks around whether Nash can be the piece to put a team over the top.

With less than a week to the draft, the Rangers organisation could be significantly different by next Friday’s first round because Columbus will likely insist on a first round pick in any package so a deal will probably be done within the next six days. The Rangers may see serious change or the landscape of the East could change dramatically in the coming days. Be careful with what you offer Glen.

13 Responses to “If Nash becomes an auction Sather needs to step away”

  1. Zen says:

    Well said. I just don’t see Sather matching what more desperate teams (i.e. SJ) might offer.

    • Chris says:

      I’d like him on this team and he’d definitely have helped against the Devils but yeah, not sure Sather will match what SJ and perhaps even Toronto or Philly will throw at CBJ.

      Snider loves a knee jerk reaction and Wilson in SJ is in the last chance saloon as GM this coming season. He needs to be bold again.

  2. JTC says:

    I flew yesterday from JFK to Minneapolis and Zach Parise was in first class. Hmmmm…

  3. Leatherneckinlv says:

    No to Nash, stay away from Nash. Draft a player with our picks and sign Schultz, Guastaad and our own FA’s.

    • Chris says:

      yeah, because Gaustad is exactly what we need… a bottom six, low scoring, slightly overpaid player.

  4. Matt J says:

    I don’t think he becomes an auction. He still has that no move clause, and unless his list of teams opens up he might not even end up going to the place that would offer the most to get him.

    I think he comes to new york but at a lower price than what Sather offered at the deadline. Howson should have taken that deal, and right now if Nash plays hardball he’ll regret he didn’t.

    • Justin says:

      I don’t necessarily agree with the outcome Matt, but I agree with the logic. Clearly, the Jackets pissed Nash off last season and he was ready to drag them over the coals with his NMC. I think he will still be very selective with which team he will accept a trade to.

      As for SJ, I don’t really see them being able to headline with a goalie who would render the Rangers’ offer less enticing. Neimi is basically the goaltending equivalent of Dubinsky. Yes, he caught fire in 2010 and won a cup, but he’s making 3-4m a year (pardon my cap geek laziness) and he is a third tier starter.

      Since I don’t believe Bobby Ryan is a realistic target, I still like Nash this offseason. He has the size and skill that our top 6 desperately needs. Hopefully the price will be reasonable, but either way, I don’t think Antti Neimi is the prized return for your franchise player.

      Also, where is all this Paul Gaustad love coming from around here? Aside from the face-off circle, where does his value come from?

      • Leatherneckinlv says:

        Physical player, an improvement over Rupp…he can be used in roles that Rupp can not, penalty killing, faceoffs

        • Matt J says:

          But if Rupp is still on the team Gaustad’s redundant.

          • Leatherneckinlv says:

            I would have Rupp as an extra forward….not a regular in the line up…Kinda like how Scott was this past year

  5. Rob sahm says:

    I agree you really cant give up the world for him I say a fair package of dubi delzotto christian thomas and a1st is way more then fair if not then look into free agents like doan or semin but what I really think sather has planned is making a serious run at webber

  6. TD says:

    Going into Fri/Sat draft we only have 3 picks.
    1st round #29, 3rd round #89 & 4th round #119.
    Picks in the 2,5,6,7,were trated away over the last 2 years. I believe the 2nd round was part of the Tim Exirson trade with the flames