February 24, 2018 | 8:56pm ET



Rick Nash, left wing


The Boston Bruins are believed to be upping their efforts to acquire veteran left wing Rick Nash from the New York Rangers.

Several teams have expressed interest in Nash, who has been kept out of the lineup the last two games as a precautionary measure, including the Bruins, Nashville Predators, Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets, among others.

Both TSN’s Darren Dreger and Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported the Bruins were in the mix almost simultaneously on Twitter. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported the Bruins pitched an offer earlier today.

Nash, 33, is in the final year of his contract, which comes with a $7.8 million salary cap hit. The Rangers would likely need to retain a portion of his salary once he’s dealt.

Prior to Saturday night's Bruins game in Toronto against the Maple Leafs, Bruins GM Don Sweeney told an assembled group of media that if the right opportunity presented itself, he would entertain entering the rental market.

Nash presented the Rangers with his 12-team no-trade list a couple of weeks ago, per the team’s request.

At this point, it’s unclear if a deal will be finalized tonight or carry out into Sunday.

Nash currently ranks No.2 on TFP’s Top 30 Available Players List.