January 4, 2018 | 3:35pm ET



Rick Nash, left wing


The New York Rangers are battling for playoff positioning in the Metropolitan Division and have their sights set on post-season play this spring.

And while the team is likely to add to its roster by the Feb. 26 trade deadline, they are also focused on next season and beyond – as it pertains to veteran left wing Rick Nash, anyway.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, who reported the news on his NHL on NBC Sports hit Wednesday night, the Rangers would like to sign Nash to a contract extension.

Nash, 33, is in the final year of his eight-year, $62.4 million contract. While his annual salary cap hit is $7.8 million, he’s earning $8.2 million in actual salary this season.

Dreger reports Nash wants to stay in New York, and the feeling certainly appears to be mutual, though contract talks have not begun.

Nash will undoubtedly see his salary reduce on his next year, be it with the Rangers or another club in July, when he can hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent if unsigned.

He’s on pace for 34 points this season, as of now, which would give him three-straight 30-point seasons after registering 42 goals and 69 points with the Rangers in 2014-15.

Nash’s next annual salary could hover around the $4 million mark, once contract negotiations get going.