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McKenzie: Rangers May Explore Nash Trade

Bob McKenzie was on Toronto’s TSN 1050 on Thursday afternoon.

On if Rick Nash could potentially be on the move from New York:

“The Rangers haven’t really done anything specific yet in terms – they’re licking their wounds from losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Conference Final. But they’ve got a very challenging off-season here where they’ve got Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin, both restricted free agents – both looking for significant raises. And it’s really going to cap challenge the cap-challenged New York Rangers.

“And I just floated it out there (on Thursday’s Insider Trading, yet to air as of his radio hit) that I would not be surprised if they at least had to consider the notion of what would Rick Nash would fetch in a trade. He’s got a $7.9 million cap hit. He’s got three years left on his deal. Those are never easy trades to make. And for the same reason that the Rangers might want to get cap space, you’re also potentially giving up a 42-goal scorer.

“Having said that, I think that that’s something that as you go through the pros and cons and the various machinations to see how they’re going to handle the Stepan and Hagelin stuff, as well as some others, that that notion of trading Rick Nash is at least one that’s going to come up for discussion. Not saying that it’ll happen. But saying that I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that it will get discussed.

“It’s interesting and a point of order on Nash himself is he has a full no-move clause right now. So he’s in the driver’s seat. Except the full no-move clause expires on June 30 this year. On July 1, he’s now subject to a modified no-trade where I believe there’s 10-12 teams that he has approved or will approve to go to.

“So it does give the Rangers a lot more flexibility after June 30, if they decide that that’s something they want to pursue.”

Source: TSN 1050/ Transcript: Nichols

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