Rangers star Rick Nash could be available for trade

George Stroumboulopoulos and Elliotte Friedman recap the latest news around the hockey world, including the addition of Rick Nash to the rumour mill, the status of the Kings’ assistant coaches and the status of Penguins’ Trevor Daley injury.

Could the New York Rangers part with star scorer Rick Nash this summer?

In Saturday’s Headlines segment, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman got the summer rumour mill rolling with a report that the Rangers are open to the idea of trading Nash. But it won’t be an easy trade to make.

“You’re going to hear a lot of wild rumours this year George, I think this is going to be a crazy season for them and one of the first to hit is Rick Nash of the New York Rangers,” Friedman said. “He has a 12-team list that he can be dealt to and there seems to be a little bit of smoke to this one. I think they’ve been asked. I think they’d be willing to do it under the right circumstances.

“However, there’s a couple things here. No. 1, he’s got a $7.8 million cap hit for two more seasons — how would that work? And No. 2 , while he struggled this year the Rangers really defended him. They felt that Nash played hurt and that affected his totals and I think they do look at it and say if he’s healthy next year he could be much more effective. But he’s going to be a name and the Rangers are going to be a team to watch.”

Aside from Nash, the Rangers have five other players who will earn $5 million or more against the cap next season, with RFAs Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller still to be signed. As of right now, the Rangers have $56 million committed to next season’s cap.

After Friedman reported this on Hockey Night in Canada, John Shannon followed up with an interesting opinion about how a Nash trade could impact Steven Stamkos on the UFA market.

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In 60 games this season, the 31-year-old Nash scored 15 goals and 36 points, the worst output of his NHL career.

After spending nine season in Columbus, Nash asked for a trade and was eventually shipped to the Rangers in 2012 along with Stephen Delisle for Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, and a first-round pick.

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