Originally written on Red Light District Hockey  |  Last updated 2/26/12

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 24: Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets lines up for a faceoff against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on October 24, 2009 in Anaheim, California. The Blue Jackets defeated the Ducks 6-4. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

When it comes to Glen Sather, the Rangers GM has never been afraid to acquire big-name players in his 11 seasons in New York. With the trade deadline finally upon us, Sather once again has an opportunity to acquire a superstar. This time, it comes in the form of Columbus Blue Jackets franchise player Rick Nash.

While there is no doubting Nash's talent and his ability to produce, Sather needs to be advised not to deal for the sniper. There are several reasons for this.

For starters, Sather should not give up just yet on the likes of Brandon Dubinsky, prospect Chris Kreider or a Ryan McDonagh or Michael Del Zotto. These players are all home-grown Rangers and with the exception of Kreider, have helped get the team to where they are today, which is first in both the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference.

Secondly, what exactly has Nash accomplished with the Blue Jackets? Yes, the team around him has been dreadful for many seasons, but Nash has only been able to get the Blue Jackets into the playoffs just once despite consistently scoring 30-40 goals.

Another reason why the Rangers should just say no is that the organization has seen this story on Broadway before. The Blueshirts would go out and acquire a big-time player, which was great until the player turned out to be a bust.

Lastly, if Nash thinks he was remotely scrutinized in Columbus, just imagine what it is going to be like in New York? When it comes to New York and hockey, the Rangers are always the story and should Nash struggle, he will be questioned by the media again and again.

Yes, the Rangers could certainly use another scorer to bolster the lineup heading into the playoff stretch and the playoffs themselves. However, Sather needs to stay away and let his team continue to grow and succeed.

The question is: Will Sather be able to resist the big-name player in Nash?

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