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October 23, 2017 | 11:27am ET
Rangers likely standing pat, for now
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The New York Rangers sit last in the Metropolitan Division with a 2-5-2 record and fans hoping for a quick fix may not want to hold their breath.

According to the New York Post, the likelihood of the Rangers making a significant trade right now is very slim.

The Post's Larry Brooks reports moving a player like Rick Nash, right now, "makes no sense" and is more of a move made around the trade deadline, if the Rangers feel they are out of the race.

It's believed Rangers GM Jeff Gorton would like to bolster his center position, but there aren't many top-two centers available and the Rangers do not appear in the mix for Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene or Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk.

The Rangers have roughly $2 million in available salary cap space and any move would likely result in a roster player being shipped out.

Nash, 33, is in the final-year of his contract, which comes with a $7.8 million salary cap hit, and can become an unrestricted free agent next July.

The unclear if the Rangers and Nash's agents have chatted about a contract extension; Nash's next deal, wherever it may be, could see him earning around $5 million per season.

 
 
 

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