Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun, reporting on behalf of Canada's TSN, believes that Nash will not only become a New York Ranger by the NHL trade deadline (Feb. 27), but that this potential acquisition is the reason the Rangers have not been active on the trade market yet.
LeBrun believes the Rangers have other trade possibilities in the works, and that Rangers general manager Glen Sather is trying to stay the course to determine if Nash does in fact become a Ranger.
Another reason LeBrun feels the Rangers have not acquired Nash yet is simply because the asking price has been remarkably high.
For what it is worth, in the same TSN segment, Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie do not believe the Rangers will acquire Nash by the trade deadline. Dreger believes Nash will join the San Jose Sharks, and McKenzie feels Nash will not leave the Blue Jackets.
One thing is certain: Nash will not come to the Rangers cheap–he has a seven year contract remaining worth over $50 million.
That leaves three strong possibilities: the Sharks, Rangers, or Blue Jackets for Nash.
With only five days remaining until the trade deadline, expect the Nash speculation to heighten.