February 5, 2018 | 8:17pm ET
NASH DISAPPOINTED, PROVIDES RANGERS WITH NO-TRADE LIST
Rick Nash, left wing
The New York Rangers have received Rick Nash’s 18-team no-trade list, as per their request, and it now appears the team is focused on retooling for next season.
TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie first reported the news of the Rangers requesting and receiving Nash’s 12-team trade list, which has since fueled the hockey world with speculation over where the veteran left wing might end up.
Several teams are believed to have interest in Nash, though it’s not known which are among the 12 he’d accept a deal to.
NYR have requested Rick Nash’s No-Trade list and Nash gave it to the club yesterday. The list is 18 teams Nash cannot be traded to (unless he were to waive his NTC). Conversely, NYR now have the green light to trade Nash to the 12 teams not on the list.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 5, 2018
The Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals have all been linked to Nash prior to today’s news.
Nash spoke to the media following today’s morning skate in Dallas and voiced his frustration with what now appears to be an inevitable trade out of New York.
“It’s disappointing,” he said, as quoted by New York Newsday. “I love being a Ranger, I love being in New York, it’s just that things happen when your team doesn’t win, they have to make business decisions, but it’s disappointing.
“When I got asked, I was definitely in shock at first. You expect it’s going to happen, but you don’t know the feeling until it actually happens when they ask you to submit a list. My one goal is to win a Cup with the Rangers and have a successful season for the Rangers, so it’s unfortunate — the business side of it — and when you’re asked to make a list, you think of the teams that have the best chance [to win a Cup].”
The 33-year-old comes with a $7.8 million salary cap hit and the Rangers may be required to eat some of his remaining salary in order to facilitate a trade, and that could result in the club obtaining a stronger return.
In 52 games with the Rangers so far this season, Nash has registered 15 goals and 10 assists for 25 points.