February 7, 2018 | 10:59am ET
RANGERS READY TO START SELLING
Jeff Gorton, GM
The New York Rangers have put up the “for sale” sign and have made it known that pretty much anyone on their team is up for grabs if the right offer presented itself.
During Tuesday night’s “Insider Trading” segment on TSN, Bob McKenzie reported everyone on the club is available, but that does not mean the team is simply looking to give their players away.
On Sunday, left wing Rick Nash supplied the Rangers with his 12-team trade list, per the club’s request, and he is just one of a number of players other clubs are inquiring about.
In addition to Nash, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and defencemen Marc Staal and Kevin Shattenkirk own no-movement clauses, while blueliners Ryan McDonagh and Brendan Smith have modified no-trade clauses.
McDonagh, who can list 10 teams he will not accept a trade to, has been made available and several teams are believed to have serious interest. While a trade is not imminent right now, trade talks will continue to percolate over the next two and a half weeks.
McDonagh and forward Mats Zuccarello, who has also generated much interest, have one-year left on their respective contracts after this season.
According to McKenzie, the Rangers are asking for a top prospect, a first-round draft pick and another asset in exchange for Nash. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun also reported the Rangers are willing to eat some of Nash’s $7.8 million salary cap hit – his actual salary is $8.2 million this season – which could help facilitate a trade.
Nash, Michael Grabner, Nick Holden, David Desharnais and Ondrej Pavelec are in the final year of their respective contracts.
The Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning and San Jose Sharks are believed to be interested in Nash, while the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, Calgary Flames and Columbus Blue Jackets have been linked to Grabner.
Nash, Grabner, Holden, Zuccarello and McDonagh are ranked among TFP’s Top 30 Available Players.