Presumably Rangers scouts were watching Rick Nash last night and I would have to believe that his goal and overall play did nothing to make them voice concern to Glen Sather in regards to potentially acquiring him. The Philadelphia Flyers have held multiple discussions and even in person meetings with Blue Jackets executives but TSN’s Darren Dreger is reporting that Philadelphia has no plans on making a deal for Nash at the current asking price. Instead, a certain other team is the most likely destination for Nash.
Lots of time for things to change, but sources say the Flyers are out on Nash at the current asking price. Still think NYR is frontrunner.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 20, 2012
As I said yesterday, financial consequences and asset management aside, there is no doubting that acquiring Rick Nash would add a completely new dimension to our top-6 and tangibly make us an even more threatening team. Still, I don’t think we can count on a trade being made. Larry Brooks reported earlier, that the Rangers are “fazed” by Columbus’ asking price, though he does not imply that Sather has given up on a deal like Dreger insists the Flyers apparently have.
So what do we make of this? I don’t think the reports are necessarily contradicting. I think Dreger is right that the Rangers are the frontrunners for Rick Nash. If Rick Nash is traded Dreger believes that the Rangers are the most likely destination. But that’s a big if. There are no guarantees that Rick Nash is moved anywhere and I’m not buying yet that the Blue Jackets are willing lower their expectations on a return package.