Rick Nash has submitted his 12 team list and no Canadian teams are on it
The NHL Draft is set tonight in Buffalo and Rick Nash may be elsewhere before it is all over. As we wrote earlier, the Rangers would be asking for his list in order to facilitate a deal at the draft. Larry Brooks confirmed this last night.
Sources also have told The Post that Nash — who has submitted a list of 12 teams to whom he can be sent as per his modified no-trade contract clause — would not approve a trade to a Canadian team. Options for a deal are thus limited.
I am actually a little surprised that Nash would be unwilling to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs since he’s from Brampton, a suburb of Toronto. Still, the Leafs are probably a year or two away from being a factor for the Cup and that likely played in his decision.
Still, when it comes to Nash’s trade value return, no one saw a connection with any of those teams. So who is on it? You can assume places like Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit and St. Louis are on it but before you get your hopes of that Kevin Shattenkirk for Rick Nash deal.
Regarding Nash, who despite an off-the-charts bad 2015-16 has been the Rangers’ best forward by a considerable margin over his four seasons in New York: The Post has been told the Blues are not interested in dealing for No. 61, even if the 32-year-old winger is one of the St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock’s all-time favorite players.
So now what? Is Anaheim on his list in order to get Cam Fowler? Even so, does Anaheim need him? There is no shock that the Rangers asked for his list, and there isn’t shock in Nash not having a single Canadian team on that list. What is shocking is that the St. Louis Blues aren’t interested, thus removing what we all thought was an obvious destination for 61.
Fans of Chris Kreider can breathe a bit easier, at least for now. Larry Brooks reported some good news on his contract front.
Gorton has yet to open negotiations — even on a broad scale — with any of the aforementioned quartet. A one-year deal for Kreider would likely be in the $4 million to $4.4 million range, while a long-term deal in which the Rangers would be buying out at least a couple of seasons of unrestricted free agency, would probably cost at least $5 million per. “Chris is open to all options, short-term or long-term,” agent Matt Keator told The Post. “He loves New York. That’s where he wants to be.”
Based on this information, unless it’s a no-brainer deal for Jeff Gorton, Kreider should stay here at least for one more year.