Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/09/14 at 07:57 AM ET
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Let’s do the math: One goal in 23 playoff games as a Ranger does not equal a salary-cap charge of $7.8 million a year through 2017-18. But what can Sather do, and what would he even be willing to do, given that, a) the GM lusted after Nash for almost two full years before finally acquiring him from the Blue Jackets; and, b) that Nash has led the Blueshirts in goal-scoring in each of his two seasons with the club?
Remember this: Nash brought his no-trade clause with him from Columbus, so he would have to be amenable to leaving. Perhaps — after Wednesday’s booing that may not abate given the Garden crowd’s history of scapegoating particular athletes and not letting go — Nash, a fairly sensitive soul, will decide that it is better to go if provided an attractive option.
But even though Sather was able to find a team willing to take Scott Gomez and his onerous contract, it wouldn’t seem as if there would be a sweepstakes for Nash this time around — not with the contract, not with the playoff history, not with the concussion history.
You would have to think the Rangers would get pennies on the dollar back for Nash then would be left with, well, with whom exactly to score the 30-something regular-season goals that are kind of automatic for No. 61?
The Rangers have one amnesty buyout remaining. If they were to use it on Nash, the team would then be committing to Brad Richards through 2019-20 and the potential whopping cap-recapture penalties that would apply if No. 19 were to retire before the end of his contract.
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