January 10, 2018 | 12:25pm ET
RANGERS TREADING LIGHTLY ON TRADE FRONT
Jeff Gorton, GM
The New York Rangers may not make any significant additions to their roster by the time the Feb. 26 trade deadline passes, as the focus may be on improving their roster for next season.
According to the New York Post’s Larry Brooks, the Rangers are “a bubble team” and his belief is the team may be better suited trading pending unrestricted free agent left wing Rick Nash than bolster its lineup for a Stanley Cup run.
Brooks notes the team may look to add a piece or two “to compensate for the loss of Chris Kreider,” who may be done for the season, but owner Jim Dolan may prefer to “reboot” the team and generate more long-term success.
With the Rangers near the bottom of the NHL in shot attempts against and shots-on-goal against, the club’s current 22-15-5 record isn’t strong as it looks.
Last week, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported Nash’s preference to re-sign with the Rangers and noted the feeling seemed to be mutual.
Brooks, however, reports Nash isn’t expected to be back with the Rangers next season, “under even a hometown discount.”
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.