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Rangers Have Questions To Answer When Looking At Rick Nash

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

If Rick Nash had been an unrestricted free agent last summer, would anyone have thought it a great idea for the Rangers to sign the power winger to a seven-year, $54.6 million contract carrying a cap hit of $7.8 million per?

Would general manager Glen Sather have really gone all in on Nash, making him not only the highest-paid player on the team, but the fifth-highest paid player (per cap hit) in the NHL while committing to him through 2017-18?

And if the answer to that question is even “not likely,” let alone, “probably not,” much less, “are you nuts?” even while acknowledging free agents get premium prices because teams don’t have to relinquish valuable assets in order to add them, then why would Sather make that commitment now when the cost will include prime beef?

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#1 the contract is massive… which eliminates teams run by smart gm’s.
#2 the rangers are not run by a smart gm.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/17/12 at 12:33 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

Exactly. Nice to see an MSM’er write this article. Such obvious points. Like GTL said, this may be exactly why Sather will do it. :p

But it does go to show how crazy trading for him at the deadline would be. If you really want him and are willing to take the money on, at the very least the smart thing to do is wait till the offseason, especially given the likely CBA changes (even if they don’t end up being too big).

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 02/17/12 at 12:41 PM ET

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Howson should wait until the draft/offseason. It can only benefit him and the CBJ franchise to have more teams at the table. There really isn’t much sense in being rushed into a deal at the deadline in this situation.

Posted by Russian Rocket on 02/17/12 at 12:43 PM ET

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If Columbus is absolutely committed to moving Nash, they should NOT ask for a seasoned player back, nor should they make picks a focus either.  They should get young NHLers and prospects.

As I posted in a thread on A2Y earlier today, the more this goes on the more I wonder if the “Ewing Theory” is not applicable to Columbus and Rick Nash.  Simply removing him from the situation might give the team a boost on its own.  Then whatever young assets they get back can further build with.

This is the one time though that I see the Ewing Theory being applicable to a hockey situation.  It’s almost inexplicable CBS has been *this* bad.  The stars seem to have aligned.

Posted by Primis on 02/17/12 at 01:25 PM ET

Flashtastick56's avatar

Rick Nash to the Blues in a deal that involves Ben Bishop and Chris Stewart?

Did Nash and Hitchcock have problems in Columbus?

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 02/17/12 at 01:41 PM ET

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Chris Stewart is on the 4th line for the Blues I believe ? If Nash is Lazy like a lot of people say Hitchcock would Know & Not want anything to do with him again. That is the reason Stewart is on the 4th line & Chateau Bowwow in Stl.

Posted by Evilpens on 02/17/12 at 02:08 PM ET

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I can’t see Columbus trading inside the division unless it is a Herschel Walker-type deal, or unless Nash, with his NMC, essentially refuses to play in Columbus, and only is willing to accept a trade to one of the other clubs in the Central.

I don’t thing Holland or Poile are the types to give Herschel Walker deals to anyone, let alone a division rival, so that rules out two teams.

I could see St. Louis offering up Halak, who I would have to think the BJs would have interest in. But right now the Blues are doing it with great coaching and players dedicated to a system… I don’t see what huge pieces of talent they have that they can afford to trade, other than Halak.

If you just look at players… Chicago is actually a very interesting situation. If it could bring Nash back, why wouldn’t Patrick Kane be on the table? Looks like he has a NMC according to CapGeek, but it isn’t in effect yet. Problem there is, Columbus really wants a goalie, and obviously Chicago doesn’t have one. I don’t think Kane is enough, but could Chicago afford to throw in a prospect like Saad, or a young guy with potential like Frolik, Stalberg, or Leddy? They certainly have the type of top-end talent the Blues can’t muster to get a deal done, but are they really willing to part with it?

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 02/17/12 at 02:10 PM ET

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The only problem with Brooks analysis is that it’s no longer the 2011 off season, it’s the 2012 trade deadline. Sather is no longer looking at moves to make his club into a cup contender, he’s got one. He’s now asking himself what he needs to make his team a winner.

It’s valid to say whether the chance to win now is worth tying himself to Nash’s deal for another 6 years, and of course it’s relevant to ask whether or not Rick Nash is the piece that will make them a winner.

But those decisions have to be based on where the team is right now, not where it was in the past off season.

If the question is why would he give up ‘prime beef’ to sign a deal he wouldn’t have signed in the past, the answer is because things have changed and he’s got a serious chance to win it all.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 02/17/12 at 02:50 PM ET

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If I owned the Columbus team, I would have made the most intelligent move right after the team went south.  Fire Howson and bring a real GM to conduct the overhaul.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 02/17/12 at 05:01 PM ET

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If I owned the Columbus team, I would have made the most intelligent move right after the team went south.  Fire Howson and bring a real GM to conduct the overhaul.

Posted by DocF on 02/17/12 at 02:01 PM ET

Exactly.  I have full confidence that Howson will screw up the Nash situation.  If they want to get the most out of him wait until after the season.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 02/17/12 at 05:16 PM ET

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“If Rick Nash had been an unrestricted free agent last summer, would anyone have thought it a great idea for the Rangers to sign the power winger to a seven-year, $54.6 million contract carrying a cap hit of $7.8 million per?”

No. Glenn Sather would have signed him at $8.5.


“Would general manager Glen Sather have really gone all in on Nash, making him not only the highest-paid player on the team, but the fifth-highest paid player (per cap hit) in the NHL while committing to him through 2017-18?”

Yes.

Posted by larry from pitt on 02/17/12 at 06:02 PM ET

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If you just look at players… Chicago is actually a very interesting situation.

Even without Kane, Chicago is rock solid at forward. Plus, Nash screws up their salary structure, which is somewhat sensible right now.

Posted by larry from pitt on 02/17/12 at 06:05 PM ET

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