Posted July 05, 2012 on AP on Fox
Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson isn't saying much about his quest to trade team captain Rick Nash. Reached Thursday, Howson said only, ''We are working very hard'' and added that he is not facing a deadline to make a deal. Nash, the franchise leader in most offensive categories, revealed midway through last season that he had asked to be traded. He has a no-trade clause in his contract, and has given the club a list of possible destinations. It was thought that once top free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter signed (both with Minnesota), interest in Nash would climb. Among the reported suitors are the New York Rangers, Detroit, San Jose, Carolina and Philadelphia.

Rick Nash Still Not Close to Being Traded, Bruins Reportedly Still on His List of Preferred Teams

It's pretty obvious that the Blue Jackets have to trade Rick Nash at this point. It's still extremely unclear, however, where he'll go and when he'll be moved. Columbus general manager Scott Howson continues to listen to offers for the All-Star forward, but according to the Columbus Dispatch, the process is moving very slowly. The report even speculated that the Blue...

Rick Nash Trade Talks Heat Up, Although Some Teams Fed Up With Blue Jackets Asking Price

While the Rick Nash trade talks heat up, along with the temperatures in many parts of the country, many teams are dropping out of the Nash sweepstakes, as they are simply fed up with the Columbus Blue Jackets asking price. While it is unknown as to how many teams exactly are still highly involved in the Nash talks, it is known that many teams are through dealing with...

Howson says he's "working very hard" to trade Nash

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson isn't saying much about his quest to trade captain Rick Nash. "We are working very hard" was about the limit of the conversation when Howson was reached Thursday. He also added that he is not facing a deadline to make a deal. Just about everyone else believes that things should be heating up....

2012 Rangers Free Agency: Stralman Files for Arbitration; Nash Talks in Holding Pattern

Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that Anton Stralman, who was tendered a qualifying offer at 105 percent of the $900,000 he earned last season, was among the list of 16 NHL players who did file for salary arbitration yesterday.Gross adds that with Stralman filing for salary arbitration, it likely signals the desire on both sides to work out a multi-year deal in the ballpark...

Rangers Have Assets to Acquire Weber

Now, NSH GM Poile MUST find out if he can re-sign Weber long term. If not, he needs to begin shopping him. NYR/STL have assets to make deal — EJ Hradek (@EJHradek_NHL) July 4, 2012 I've posted on this blog, Weber is one of the few (very few) guys I'd be willing to give-up the farm for. The Rangers haven't had a legit power play quarterback since Leetch, and...

Bruins Didn't Have Realistic Shot at Landing Zach Parise, Rick Nash Is Unlikely Addition (Video)

Zach Parise landed a massive deal to join the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday. But it appears that the Bruins were also in the running for the free agent forward. It was revealed on thursday that Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and the Bruins had made an offer to the talented forward before he ultimately signed with the Wild. NHL write Douglas Flynn doesn't believe...

Zach Parise, Ryan Suter Signings Could Bring Winter Classic to Minnesota, Spark Rick Nash Trade (Gallery)

After more than three days of anxious waiting, the top two free agents on the market finally agreed to new deals on Wednesday. And forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter will share a new home, with the two highly sought after stars both signing with the Wild. Minnesota dished out a combined $196 million to lock up Parise and Suter for the next 13 years, with both players carrying...

Kyle Jean signing the latest victory for New York’s scouting staff

One of the most frequently asked questions this offseason after, “is Rick Nash a Ranger yet?” has been, “who the heck is Kyle Jean?” The answer is simple: he’s the latest gem uncovered by Gordie Clark and New York’s superior scouting staff, which has developed something of a Midas touch over the last couple of years. It wasn’t long ago that the Rangers were completely...

Friday chat reminder

Don’t forget to join us this afternoon at 3pm for our weekly live chat.  We’re talking new additions, Rick Nash/Bobby Ryan, remaining roster holes, whatever.  Be sure to join us at 3pm!

New York Rangers Placing Emphasis On Toughness So Far This Offseason

After suffering a surprise exit in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals at the hands of the New Jersey Devils, the New York Rangers knew they needed to work out some kinks during the offseason. So far, the Blueshirts have placed an emphasis on getting tougher on the ice as they continue to retool the roster. New York did lose Brandon Prust, who was one of their enforcers...

Definitely Tougher

It appears that I did not miss much while I was on vacation when it comes to the New York Rangers. The team did not trade for Rick Nash, did not get Zach Parise or Ryan Suter and really made no significant moves to help upgrade their rosters. Instead, the team lost perhaps one of their better players in the postseason in Ruslan Fedotenko to the Philadelphia Flyers while also losing...
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