January 15, 2018 | 11:09am ET
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RANGERS SEEM MORE FOCUSED ON THE LONG-TERM

 
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Mats Zuccarello, right wing

 

The New York Rangers currently own the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference, but it appears the club is more concerned with their long-term success than taking a chance on making the post-season this year.

The New York Post and Hockey Night in Canada have both reported recently the Rangers’ likeliness of entertaining calls for a number of their players leading up to the Feb. 26 trade deadline.

Forwards Rick Nash, Michael Grabner and David Desharnais, defenceman Nick Holden and goaltender Ondrej Pavelec are all slated to become unrestricted free agents July 1. It’s believed if the right offer presented itself, the Rangers would be willing to move any one of those players.

Captain Ryan McDonagh and right wing Mats Zuccarello’s names have popped up recently, most notably from Elliotte Friedman during Saturday night’s “Headlines” segment on HNIC.

Friedman noted there is “no guarantee they (move Zuccarello or McDonagh), but I think they’re willing to listen.”

Zuccarrelo, 30, and McDonagh, 28, each have one-year left on their respective contracts. McDonagh also owns a 10-team no-trade list.