NYR still very interested in Rick Nash, but, they're not willing to wait forever. Currently exploring other options as well. Someone blink.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 6, 2012
Are the Rangers really moving on from Rick Nash? It is possible but this could also be Glen Sather's way of turning the screws on Columbus. This could be a tactical move on the part of Sather.
The Rangers' roster has already been upgraded offensively since the beginning of last season, when you factor in the addition of Chris Kreider but the team wants to do more because putting all the pressure on a young rookie is not something the Rangers want to do.
Scott Howson obviously wants to make the best deal possible for Rick Nash, but his asking price has been too high for all teams involved.The Rangers have a bevy of assets that would help Columbus now and in the long run, but Howson ultimately wants more than what teams are currently offering.
If the Rangers have turned their attention to someone like Bobby Ryan or Shane Doan, Howson can no longer attempt to leverage the Rangers into making a deal because they need offense.
Obviously, there is some pressure on the Rangers to add offense, considering that Marian Gaborik's injury will sideline him till at least November/December.
Sather could confidently tell Howson that he would like to acquire Nash but after adding Shane Doan, he feels confident that the team has improved significantly for his liking. The Rangers also stand to improve by having Chris Kreider on their roster.
By now you are wondering where Shane Doan comes into the picture. In regards to Doan, here is exhibit B.
Rangers will be in on Doan if he leaves Phoenix. Today's Post. nyp.st/R8b88H— Larry Brooks(@NYP_Brooksie) July 4, 2012
Here is what Doan's agent had to say to the New York Post when asked about what teams could be in on Doan.
We haven’t entered into negotiations with any other teams, but Shane wants to be forthright and honest with clubs that have contacted us, and so we’ve let these clubs know whether there is mutual interest,” Terry Bross, Doan’s agent, told The Post yesterday.
I don’t want to be specific about what teams those are, but there are no restrictions against negotiating with teams in the East ... or the one in Manhattan.
Doan would a welcome addition to the Rangers but it all depends on length. If the term is for one or two years, it would make sense. However, a three or four year-deal could cause problems because of Doan's age and the direction of the team.
Either way, if the Rangers are ultimately after Nash when all is said and done, this interest on Doan should send a message to Howson and as Darren Dreger said, ultimately someone will blink. Given his experience and history, it likely won't be Glen Sather.