While the future of Islanders captain John Tavares has taken up a lot of print over the past few months, there is a another high scorer in New York who could be heading out of town in the near future.
As Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported in his latest 31 Thoughts column, the Rangers have had no contract extension talks with forward Rick Nash:
“No contract talks between Rick Nash and the New York Rangers. He is unrestricted after this season. It’s interesting, because he likes it there and the Rangers really like him personally. I thought they’d see if there was common ground on an extension. But this is business, and, in free agency, the Rangers waited out Kevin Shattenkirk until he moved to their position. That’s instructive to their thinking. They want cap flexibility, and I also think they want to see where they are before making any commitment. Nash is going to be a hot commodity if he goes on the block. He can agree to be traded to 12 teams, but the Rangers have to ask for a list. That has not occurred.”
Nash is in the final year of his deal with comes with a $7.8 million salary cap hit. If he becomes available on the trade market this season you can bet there will be plenty of interest from around the NHL. As far as his next deal goes, you would have to imagine that the 33-year-old winger will have to take a pay cut.
Do you think Rick Nash will finish the season with the New York Rangers?