Sunday, February 26, 2012

Dreger: Rangers out of Nash sweepstakes

As I was finally putting together my thoughts on Rick Nash, Rangers President and GM Glen Sather did the wise thing and told Columbus GM Scott Howson thanks, but no thanks. According to TSN's Darren Dreger via Twitter, the Jackets' asking price for the 27-year old power forward was too rich.

NYR wasn't willing to pay price established for Nash prior to today + today CBJ asked for more than they were originally after.

Not surprisingly, I had no idea Sather told Howson no a few hours ago. As I mentioned in tonight's Nash post, it was way too much. The Rangers have deemed Chris Kreider untouchable with the former No.1 looking to have a bright future. There was also no way they were weakening the D by trading emerging top blueliner Ryan McDonagh or rejuvenant third-year defenseman Mike Del Zotto. Even without them, they still would've had to part with 2011 first rounder J.T. Miller, plus a No.1, Brandon Dubinsky and likely another roster player (Stepan/Hagelin?).

The Blueshirts have worked their way to the top of the East with a young nucleus that Slats helped build post-lockout. It doesn't make sense to break up team chemistry. If he does see fit to add a couple of key pieces tomorrow that can improve the team's Cup chances, by all means he should do what he can. It's still possible Saturday was Brandon Dubinsky's final game as a Blueshirt. Dubi loves being a Ranger and doesn't want to go. He's been an integral part of a successful rebuild and a fan favorite. Even if there were hardly any loyal fans at Saturday's game. I'd love to see Dubinsky stay and try to help this team win. Guess we'll see how it plays out tomorrow.

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