What other players might come to New York in a Rick Nash trade?

July 16, 2012, by

As Dave noted last week in our ongoing discussion about Rick Nash, it’s very possible that Nash wouldn’t be the only Blue Jacket coming back to the Rangers in a potential blockbuster trade this summer.

There have been wide-ranging reports of Columbus GM Scott Howson’s trade demands, but the general consensus seems to be that he wants a couple of NHL forwards, a top prospect and a first-round pick (in addition to the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty).

Though Rangers GM Glen Sather will not meet Howson’s specific demands, it’s still a certainty that a deal for Nash would require a significant multi-player package.  It’s also a good bet that Sather might require more players coming back from Columbus if he’s forced to part with prized young assets and it’s possible that Howson would attempt to dump other dead weight in a Nash deal.

So what other Columbus players could be of interest to the Rangers and who would Howson love to send our way?

*Apologies to those with nostalgia, but Vinny Prospal and Fedor Tyutin aren’t in consideration – Tyutin inked a six-year, $27 million contract extension last summer and Prospal has already committed to finishing his career in Columbus and taking a front office job upon retiring.

The Blueshirts would love to get their hands on youngsters Ryan Johansen, John Moore and Boone Jenner, but it makes very little sense for Columbus to deal any of its decent prospects considering the franchise is rebuilding.

The Blue Jackets might consider dealing forward R.J. Umberger, who re-signed for five-years, $23 million in September.  Umberger, who was briefly Rangers’ property in 2004, is a solid player and if Howson can get a more appealing package from the Blueshirts, he might consider packaging Umberger with Nash.  However, it’s highly unlikely the Rangers would be interested in adding Umberger’s $4.6 million cap hit in addition to Nash’s $7.8 million price tag.

Columbus might attempt to shed the contract of James Wisniewski, who signed last summer for six-years, $33 million, but again, the Rangers wouldn’t want to add that kind of salary.

New York might have a moderate level of interest in sophomore Cam Atkinson, who posted 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 27 games, but he might fit under the umbrella of prospects Columbus has no desire to deal.

Perhaps the player that makes the most sense for both sides is 24-year-old center Derick Brassard, a linemate of Nash over the last two seasons.  Brassard has been frequently mentioned in trade rumors and doesn’t seem to be particularly popular in Columbus.  Though it remains extremely unlikely that Sather would consider dealing Derek Stepan, Brassard has the potential to be a second-line pivot and might assuage the loss of Stepan to an extent.

Brassard carries a reasonable cap hit of $3.2 million, and depending on how New York’s scouting staff feels about him, he might be another offensive weapon worth attempting to acquire.

Those are about the only players that make any type of sense.  Though a multi-player return package would seem likely on paper, there really aren’t a whole lot of Blue Jackets that would interest New York and the ones that might aren’t likely to be on the trading block.  Howson’s lack of attractive tradable assets other than Nash makes a blockbuster deal even more difficult to complete, especially while Howson maintains unreasonably high demands.


  1. John says:

    Cam Atkinson and Chris Kreider were not only teammates at BC, but also occasionally linemates. Receiving Atkinson would definitely aid in Kreider’s growth, as he’d be even more comfortable from the beginning of his rookie season, and he’s a pretty good player in his own right as well. I say if he’s available, the Rangers should go for it.

    • Kevin Baumer says:

      Great point. Undersized though and the Rangers have enough of that and definitely seem to be trying to get away from it. Plus, Kreider penciled onto top 2 lines and not likely Atkinson would fit there with NYR.

  2. MBN says:

    James Wisniewski has one of the worst contracts around. His deal is a cap killer, especially if there is a significantly lower cap with the new CBA. To me, if forced to take him, it kills the deal for Nash, even if we send Dubi the other way.

  3. Scully says:

    The funny thing about this post is that you outlined all the horrible contracts Columbus has handed out recently. I really really like Rick Nash, but I’m more than comfortable going into a season without him and seeing what other names surface if needed.

    • Kevin says:

      There are certainly a number of them aren’t there? I’m still against the trade.

  4. Mike B says:

    I like Nash, but I don’t like anything else Howson might be willing to part with. That’s probably the problem with this deal. I’m sure Sather has said, okay, you want 2 NHL forwards, a D-man and a pick, fine, but you have to return a second body to make up of the loss of four organizational spots, and Howson doesn’t want to part with that second piece. That’s probably where he’ll cave if this ever does get done. Quite honestly, I don’t care if it does or not anymore, it’s been going on way too long.

  5. Mikeyyyy says:

    just keep waiting. Eventually Howson will come off the drugs and make a reasonable offer when he realizes he isn’t moving Nash without taking a hit. Sorry but you just told the world that your going to deal your franchise player. You don’t get top return for that. I believe all the GMs in the league are waiting for Nash to sit out of training camp and then will talk to Howson.

  6. SalMerc says:

    I think Howson needs to bring back a big bounty or he knows he will be gone. As we get closer to the season, if a CBA can be reached, some GM will think of a way to give CBJ players that Howson can sell to the fans. Whether that is Slats or not, remains to be seen. Don’t discount the possibility of a major player sustaining an injury somewhere, and Nash being a strong substitute for a “win-now” team.

  7. Leatherneckinlv says:

    In all honesty the kind of rumors revolving a Nash trade to the Rangers would have to include Columbus’s 1st rounder and keeping ours for me to even think of a trade with Columbus for Nash. Nash is no way worth the trade for the players proposed. He is not the cure all. However the Columbus pick does give into the continued re stocking of our prospects with a very high pick to land a player like Nathan MacKinnon or Sean Monohan or possibly even a defenseman in Seth Jones. So that is more managable to digest than the 4 players plus our 1st for Nash alone.
    As for any other player from Columbus, they can keep them unless Ryan Johansen comes with him. About time we ask for a ransom in a very tricky Nash situation in Columbus. It will be an embarrassing situation in Columbus should Nash start the season there. Time for us to put the squeeze instead of getting squeezed
    Finally I prefer no move at all quite frankly.

    • MBN says:

      There is no way Howson can ever sell his fan-base on moving Nash AND his #1 pick, unless he gets a kings ransom. It will cost Kreider, Stephan, MDZ, Erixon, and another piece or 2, like possibly some recent draft picks.

      Not happening.

      • Leatherneckinlv says:

        Nash by himself won’t happen and the noose is on Howson’s neck not us. We don’t have to do a thing and yet Howson must trade Nash

        • Valerie says:

          he does…but certainly not to the Rangers. Long line of teams that he can trade him to.

    • Valerie says:

      Haha…you’re funny. Yes, let’s insist on them giving up their first rounder for the privilege of us taking their star player. That’ll show them!

      • Leatherneckinlv says:

        you are missing my point….urgency is on Columbus, not us. Infact I prefer to do nothing

        • Valerie says:

          Nash will get a good return one way or the other.

          For the Rangers, we had better land a significant upgrade up front soon. We clearly don’t have enough and window is closing on when Richard will become a cap space hog who is not offering much.

  8. mark says:

    I just hope the whole Nash thing goes away. If some assets are not coming back it is not worth talking about. I hope Sather just sits on this forever. Lets just sign Doan and get Gaborik back and move on. Lots of free agents next year.

    • Valerie says:

      you really want to just hope we can make it back into final four? Richards getting older/weaker…this year may be last shot.

      • SalMerc says:

        Spot On Val!
        Add the skill players and see what happens. Keep adding muckers and 4th line players and move down in the standings. Nash is very good, do not dispute that, it is the value in the trade that is in question. Move Dubi & Erixon amd a 1st rounder for him in a heartbeat.

        • Valerie says:

          Adding skill is key. I don’t care if it’s Nash, but this team is not good enough as is. Sather finally got a decent team put together, not needs to upgrade if he wants to close the deal and win another Cup.