According to multiple outlets, including ESPN New York, the New York Rangers, for the moment, are out of the running to acquire the services of Columbus Blue Jackets‘ forward Rick Nash. The Blueshirts were widely considered the frontrunners to acquire the 27-year-old sniper.
Columbus GM Scott Howson has not budged off his high demand for the franchise’s star player and Rangers GM Glen Sather appears unlikely to concede.
This from Darren Dreger of TSN:
NYR wasn’t willing to pay price established for Nash prior to today + today CBJ asked for more than they were originally after.#tradecentre
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 26, 2012
This could signal some posturing and finer points of negotiating by both organizations by ceasing talks for the time being. Or, the Rangers may feel their current group of players—including their impressive array of talents in the pipeline—are more valuable staying put.
The only way to truly know the Blueshirts are out of “Nashsanity” is when 3:01PM strikes tomorrow afternoon and Rick Nash is still a member of the Blue Jackets