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This has been the theme of the summer for the Rangers who are looking to make a splash in either free agency by signing Shane Doan, or by trading for Rick Nash. However, both have been difficult to get, which currently leaves the Rangers empty-handed.
Doan waited until July 16 like he said he would. Now the free agency floodgates are open and teams are looking to add Doan. While the Rangers are one of those teams interested in the 36-year-old, so are a handful of other teams. The list includes Phoenix, Buffalo, Detroit, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Vancouver and the Stanley Cup winning Los Angeles Kings.
With so many teams after him and Pittsburgh making an offer, Doan is less and less likely to come to the Rangers.
But wait, the Rangers have another option in Rick Nash!
However, that too has been looking less and less likely as the summer has gone along. Scott Howson has expressed that he wants a fair share of talent in exchange for Rick Nash and has gone on record to say he wants an “NHL-ready forward.” The Rangers have these types of forwards in Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider, however, they are not willing to part ways with young cornerstone type players. With that, the two sides are in a deadlock.
The Rangers need scoring and fans are expecting them to make some kind of move for a top-six forward. With the days of summer dwindling, fans are starting to grow impatient. They need to make a move for a top-six forward before the October 12 season opener.