Experts gauge market for Nash and Grabner

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Now that the Rangers have made public their intent to sell at the deadline by requesting Rick Nash’s no trade list, here’s what hockey insiders are saying about the market.

Bob McKenzie

On TSN Radio in Vancouver, McKenzie mentioned LA, Boston, Calgary, SJ, Winnipeg, St. Louis, and Anaheim. These teams are added to the list of already mentioned teams like Dallas and Columbus.

The need for a scoring winger at the deadline is high, but players like Evander Kane and Max Paccioretty are also out there. Gorton does have the added benefit of retaining half of Nash’s salary to make him more attractive to team’s with limited cap space.

As far as a return. McKenzie feels a similar return for what Arizona got for Martin Hanzal is likely. Expect a 1st round pick, and likely a 2nd too. In addition to discussing Nash, he also stated that Michael Grabner will be as highly sought with the return of a first round pick possible.

For more, read Chris Nichols article here.

Elliotte Friedman

Yesterday on NHL Network, Friedman mentioned Nashville, St. Louis and San Jose as potential destinations for Nash. He noted that while Evander Kane is also out there, the Sabres high asking price is a problem. When you take that into consideration, along with the Rangers willingness to retain salary, Nash becomes a very attractive commodity at the deadline.

Friedman also discussed McDonagh and how if the Rangers to opt to trade him, the return will allow them to rebuild much quicker.

For more, read Chris Nichols article here.