USATSI_9249360_154158418_lowresIs Rick Nash on the block for the New York Rangers?

According to reports, the Blueshirts could well be interested in shopping the 31-year-old from Brampton and that could open up some intriguing possibilities.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the Rangers’ forward has a dozen teams that he’s interested in and New York may test the waters to see if there’s any movement. One issue is that he’s got a heck of a salary, with a $7.8 million cap hit for the next two seasons. That’s a big undertaking in today’s National Hockey League.

In 60 regular season games this season, Nash collected 15 goals and 21 assists. He had four points in the playoffs, including one short-handed goal.

The Rangers have five players that will ring up $5 million or more against the salary cap next season, plus there are restricted free agents like Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller and Kevin Hayes to contend with. The Rangers have $56 million committed to the cap next season.

On Friday morning, Friedman told Buffalo’s WGR 550 that it could be a “crazy off-season” and that could mean big things for the Rangers and Rick Nash.

Nash does have a no-movement clause, but he asked for a trade out of Columbus after nine seasons and isn’t the sort of player to sit tight. If he’s given the go-ahead to shop him around, the Rangers could look to shovel off some green in an endeavour to protect some of their more valuable long-term assets.

Given that Nash is coming off one of the worst seasons of his career and given the disappointment the Rangers went through this year, it’s more than possible that a trade is in the works.

In 922 career games with the Blue Jackets and Rangers, Nash has 733 points. He has 100 power play goals and 36 career playoff points over the course of 65 career playoff games.

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