Originally written on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 7/18/12

OTTAWA - NOVEMBER 26: Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates against the Ottawa Senators during their game at Scotiabank Place on November 26, 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The Senators defeated the Blue Jackets 2-1. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
Aaron Portzline at the Columbus Dispatch says if the NHL salary cap is lowered by $10 million as the owners have proposed, it could knock out almost all the potential Rick Nash suitors except for the Rangers and Red Wings who each have significant cap room to bring in the Blue Jackets captain..."Will the salary cap by (sp) lowered by $10 million? It's obviously too early to tell, but that doesn't seem a ridiculous assertion. If so, Nash's cap hit would seem too much to swallow for Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Jose, the four other clubs on his list."...very unlikely that the cap is lowered by $10 million, but I do expect it to be lowered, meaning that a few of the teams Portzline mentions might still bow out of the Nash sweepstakes. Seriously, could it get any worse for Howson and the Blue Jackets?Actually, yes it does, because instead of only two teams being left it looks like the Rangers could be the only ones standing after a new CBA is in place as Ansar Khan at MLive....
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