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NHL Trade Deadline 2012: Minor Deadline Deals Made By Rangers, Islanders

Reports as of now are saying the New York Rangers are out of the running for Rick Nash, feeling that Columbus is asking for too much in return.

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NHL Trade Deadline 2012: Rangers Not Willing To 'Dismantle' Team

The NHL trade deadline was eventful for New York Rangers fans, however, it didn't end with Columbus Blue Jackets goal-scorer, forward Rick Nash, ending up as a blueshirt. Instead, the first-place Rangers and their general manager Glen Sather decided to not completely blow up their roster for the star.

"They’ve played very well," Rangers General Manager Glen Sather said of his club. "The coaching staff likes the team that we have. I like our team. I wasn’t going to dismantle any of the pieces out of the organization."

Despite not making a blockbuster move, New York did make a small improvement to its lineup at the deadline, but it came at a very minimal price.

The Rangers pulled off one deal on Monday, landing hulking defenseman John Scott from the Chicago Blackhawks. He cost only a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft back to the Blackhawks. Sather likes the versatility that the 6-foot-8, 270-pound, Scott provides as he can play either on defense or at forward.

Without their new acquisition, the Rangers blanked the New Jersey Devils, 2-0, on Monday. New York is back in action Thursday, as it visits the Carolina Hurricanes.

For more Rangers coverage, visit our team page or our blog Blueshirt Banter. For a recap of the NHL trade deadline visit the SB Nation New York StoryStream.


NHL Trade Deadline 2012: Islanders Will Listen On P.A. Parenteau

With the Islanders playoff dreams becoming exactly that, New York is turning it's attention to the future.

According to a report by NBC Pro Hockey Talk's Joe Yerdon, the Isles are willing to deal forward P.A. Parenteau.

Parenteau is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and it's unclear whether he would return. He's having an very nice season, by far the best of his young career. Parenteau has notched 56 points, with 42 of them being assists.

As passed along by Chris Botta of the NY Times, general manager Garth Snow is looking to acquire a first round pick and a player. It's hard to imagine anybody making a deal with that high of a price tag for someone who isn't an elite scorer. It's also fair to wonder how good Parenteau would be if he wasn't on a line with John Tavares.

Snow needs to move Parenteau if he feels re-signing him is a pipe dream. It would be a brutal pill to swallow for the Isles if he left and they received nothing in return.

It will be very intriguing to watch the drama unfold on Monday, with the trade deadline coming rapidly at 3 p.m. ET.

For more Islanders coverage, be sure to check out Lighthouse Hockey and SB Nation New York.


Rick Nash Trade Rumors: Rangers 'Out Of Running' For Blue Jackets' Star

The New York Rangers have been considered the front-runners to acquire star forward Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets before Monday's 3 p.m. ET NHL Trade Deadline. Well, Columbus is apparently going to have to look elsewhere as the Rangers are now considered to be out of the Nash sweepstakes.

SB Nation's Blueshirt Banter had the following reaction to the news:

"I have been one of the biggest supporters on this site of the Rangers making a move for Nash, but I don't mind hearing this. Glen Sather deserves a lot of credit for his post-lockout work, and if he needs to walk away from the table because Scott Howson's trade demands are too much, then so be it.

"I am not willing to completely demolish this team to bring in a big name, and if guys like Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Michael Del Zotto or Ryan McDonagh are musts for the Rangers to acquire Nash, then I'm fine keeping this team the way it is."

-- Keep it here for any news regarding the Rangers, New Jersey Devils or New York Islanders up through the Monday trade deadline.


Rick Nash Trade Rumors, Saturday Night Update: Still No Deal

Rick Nash remains a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets, now less than 48 hours from the NHL Trade Deadline of 3 p.m. ET on Monday. It appears that the Blue are not willing to lower their very high demands in a trade for Nash, and might be willing to wait until the offseason to make a deal.

Nash’s agent, Joe Resnick, would like a deal to be consummated by the Monday deadline.

"We’re hopeful a deal can get done prior to the trade deadline that is fair and equitable for the Blue Jackets,” said Resnick. "However, if a deal is not reached, then the list of acceptable teams will not change at a later date."

The New York Rangers are on the list of teams Nash would like to play for, and the Rangers have been considered the front-runners for Nash. The Rangers, however, have not been willing to meet Columbus’ asking price.


Wojtek Wolski Traded From Rangers To Panthers

According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, the New York Rangers have traded Wojtek Wolski to the Florida Panthers for defenseman Mike Vernace and a draft pick.

The 25-year-old left wing was a first-round pick of the Colorado Avalanche in 2004, but he has played only nine games for the Rangers this season, scoring zero goals and dishing out three assists. The Panthers are Wolski's fourth team in seven years. His best season came in 2006-2007 when he appeared in 76 games, accumulating 50 points.

In trading Wolski, the Rangers both free up a roster spot and rid themselves of Wolski's $3.8 million cap hit.

For more Rangers coverage, visit our team page or our blog Blueshirt Banter. To stay up to date on the latest NHL trade deadline rumors, keep up with our StoryStream.


Islanders Trade Rumors: Quiet Deadline Expected For Isles

What trade rumors? The headline of this post says ‘Islanders Trade Rumors.’ The reality, however, is that despite the 2012 NHL trade deadline being Monday there aren’t any real trade rumors involving the New York Islanders.

WFAN’s Mike Carver set expectations for Islanders fans this way:

As far as being buyers, the Islanders pretty much sealed any chance they had of that this week when they got embarrassed at home by Ottawa on Monday followed by a close loss the next night in Buffalo. Even if the Islanders had won those games and were still four to six points out of a playoff spot, it was still highly unlikely the Isles would be buyers. The combination of not wanting to give up any of their top prospects along with the fact that besides Rick Nash, there are not a lot of big names out there to be had would keep them out of the mix. And as much as all Islander fans wanted to believe that the Isles would be players for Nash when his name came out last week, the simple fact is he would never waive his no trade to come here and the Islanders would not give up the package to get him.

So the Islanders being buyers was never an option this trade deadline, in any way.

On the other side of the coin, with the way things have gone the past few games, being sellers seems to be the right path for the Islanders. There is a problem with being a seller though….

What is there to sell?

That is a fairly harsh analysis, and one Islanders fans probably don’t want to hear. It seems, though, like it will end up being accurate.


New Jersey Devils Trade Rumors: Players Want To Add Defense

The 2012 NHL Trade Deadline is Monday. While no moves appear imminent for the New Jersey Devils, a couple of the team's veteran stars have made it known that they would like the team to add a defenseman for the stretch run.

"We have the pieces here," Patrik Elias said. "Over 60 games, you realize if you need something or not.

"Maybe a little bit bigger in the back. But we've had Adam Larsson and Henrik Tallinder out of the lineup, and if those two guys are in the lineup, that changes things."

Goalkeeper Martin Brodeur concurred:

"Definitely, a defenseman would be a luxury, to add depth and size," Brodeur said. "On our forward lines, we're pretty well equipped."

Are you listening, Lou Lamoriello?


Rick Nash Trade Rumors: Rangers Now Most Likely Destination?

Have the New York Rangers, by default, become the favorites to land star forward Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets prior to Monday's 2012 NHL Trade Deadline? The Bergen Record speculated Thursday that Columbus trade of center Jeff Carter to the Los Angeles Kings means exactly that.

The Rangers and Kings were considered the co-favorites to land Nash if the Blue Jackets opted to deal their franchise player.

But with the Kings sending defenseman Jack Johnson and a conditional first-round pick to Columbus, it would seemingly preclude Los Angeles from also having enough chips to pursue Nash. Thursday night's trade is contingent on the players passing their medical exams today.

With Johnson onboard, the Blue Jackets may no longer insist on acquiring a top four defenseman - Ryan McDonagh and Michael Del Zotto were the rumored targets - from the Rangers in order to make a deal.

While they might be the front-runner should they be willing to pay the price required, the Rangers do appear to still have competition for Nash. Pro Hockey Talk reports that the Toronto Maple Leafs and San Jose Sharks are also among the suitors. PHT adds that "Just about any contender with some cap space could conceivably get in the bidding, as long as they're willing to pay the price in terms of assets and Nash's $7.8 million cap hit."

Related: Jimmy Hascup on why the Rangers should pass on Nash


Rangers Trade Rumors 2012: New York In Running For Ales Hemsky

The New York Rangers are pursuing Ales Hemsky of the Edmonton Oilers, according to Pro Hockey Talk. The Blueshirts have long been considered one of the more likely landing spots for Rick Nash as the 2012 NHL trade deadline approaches. Should that deal fail to materialize, Hemsky would provide a more affordable, albeit less flashy offensive boost.

Of course, the Rangers are't the only ones on Hemsky's tail. The Los Angeles Kings are also vying for his services. The Czech winger has struggled mightily with shoulder injuries over the past few season, but when healthy he has been dominant at times with Edmonton. Last season he had 42 points in 47 games, though he has fallen off that pace this season with five goals and 21 assists through 46 appearances.

Hemsky is looking for a four or five-year deal, which could hold up negotiations. He is still effective, and at 28 years old he theoretically has plenty of hockey left in his legs. Injuries could keep him from getting an optimal deal, however. He hasn't played more than 47 games since the 2008-09 season.

For more Rangers coverage, visit our team page or our blog Blueshirt Banter. To stay up to date on the latest NHL trade deadline rumors, keep up with our StoryStream.


NHL Trade Deadline 2012: Zach Parise Won't Be Traded

The New Jersey Devils are one of the hottest teams in the NHL. They're 9-1-1 since the All-Star break and because of a vault into 4th place in the Eastern Conference, New Jersey has no designs on trading star winger Zach Parise.

After the Devils 4-3 overtime win over Toronto last night, general manager Lou Lamoriello effectively put an end to any talks of a trade by stating that Parise will remain in red and black, according to Mark Everson of the New York Post.

Head coach Pete DeBoer furthered the point.

"It hasn’t been a distraction because our general manager has made it very clear that it’s not an issue, he’s not going anywhere. That ended the distraction, right there," DeBoer said.

Parise is schedule to become an unrestricted free agent come July 1st and most feel New Jersey won't retain him due to major financial issues. One school of thought has been making the playoffs and going on a deep run might help owner Jeff Vanderbeek finance a new deal with the 27-year-old star.

New Jersey is one of the more intriguing teams to watch down the stretch. Currently sitting only behind the Rangers in the brutal Atlantic Division, the Devils are in a heated race to secure home ice advantage in the first round.

With Martin Brodeur turning back the clock and Ilya Kovalchuk on a torrid pace, the Devils have to like their chances come playoff time.

For more Devils coverage check out In Lou We Trust. For any Metro area NHL news, be sure to stay on SB Nation New York.


Rick Nash Trade Rumors: Rangers Emerge As Front-Runners?

New York Rangers fans may not want the team to add Columbus Blue Jackets star Rick Nash, but it seems increasingly possible that the team could end up doing just that before next Monday's NHL Trade Deadline.

A published report indicated that the Philadelphia Flyers think Columbus is asking too much in exchange for Nash. Current thinking is that if the Flyers are out of the bidding for the 27-year-old forward that makes New York the most likely landing spot.

Nash scored a game-tying goal against the Rangers late in Sunday's game, and the Madison Square Garden crowd responded with chants of "We don't want you."

Despite that, Pro Hockey Talk opines that the Rangers are "one of the few teams in position to make a run at the Blue Jackets captain."

Best guess is that if Nash ends up in a Rangers' uniform then Blueshirts' fans will change their tune.

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Rangers Trade Rumors 2012: Rick Nash's Price Tag Is Hefty

The New York Rangers and a handful of teams interested in Columbus Blue Jackets' forward Rick Nash learned of the hefty asking price for the coveted goal scorer on Saturday. According to NBC Sports', a king's ransom is basically the asking value.

According to CBC’s The Hot Stove, Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson is seeking two prospects, a player that can make an immediate impact, and a first round draft pick for Rick Nash.

However, Ryan Dadoun of says, usually the asking price is always a bit higher than what a deal actually becomes.

(Columbus GM Scott) Howson might be willing to settle for less, especially if the market for Nash isn’t as big as he might have hoped. Then again, Howson might be comfortable with holding onto Nash until at least the summer even if he is reportedly unhappy. We’ll know one way or the other soon enough.

Meanwhile, in the Rangers locker room forward Brandon Dubinsky, who would more than likely be a piece in a deal for Nash because of salary cap reasons, is ignoring the trade rumors.

"The management is going to do whatever they feel they need to do in order to bring a Cup here or bring playoff success here. It's ultimately going to be their decision," Dubinsky told "Us as players, we're not going to influence that other than the way we play. You can't let it creep into the locker room. If something happens, that's part of the business."

For more trade rumors on Rick Nash, check back to this StoryStream. Rangers coverage, visit our team page or our blog Blueshirt Banter. To stay up to date on the latest NHL trade deadline rumors, keep up with our StoryStream.


Rick Nash Rumors: TSN's Bob McKenzie Says Rangers Are One Of Two Front-Runners

The NHL Trade Deadline is fast approaching and the most coveted prize is Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash, who's being shopped around. And according to TSN's Bob McKenzie the New York Rangers are one of two front-runners to land one of the league's top goal scorers.

"Its far too early to say its a two-horse race," said McKenzie during TSN's Insider Trader segment Thursday night, "but we can safely say that two strong suitors have very much emerged for Rick Nash."

McKenzie named the Los Angles Kings first, but then said the Eastern-Conference leading Rangers are the second-best option.

"The New York Rangers are not eager to breakup a winning lineup and the Columbus Blue Jackets will want to get (defensemen) Michael Del Zotto, plus, plus, plus out of there. If the Rangers are going to make this deal work (left-winder) Brandon Dubinsky almost has to be a part of it for salary cap reasons and the Rangers will want to overwhelm Columbus with prospects. They've got (left-winger) Chris Kreider, they've got (center) J.T Miller, they've got Tim Erixon."

McKenzie said the Toronto Maple Leafs and San Jose Sharks are interested, but wonders if they have as many assets or as interested as the Rangers and Kings. McKenzie also mentioned he'd be surprised if Nash is traded before the deadline citing that there will be more suitors during the offseason.

For more trade rumors on Rick Nash, check back to this StoryStream. Rangers coverage, visit our team page or our blog Blueshirt Banter. To stay up to date on the latest NHL trade deadline rumors, keep up with our StoryStream.


NHL Trade Deadline 2012: Lou Lamoriello Won't Rule Out Deal To Improve Devils

With the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline approaching on Feb. 27, New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello wouldn't rule out making some moves. Just because the deadline is in two weeks, however, doesn't mean he has only just begun to peruse his possibilities.

"It's a constant," Lamoriello said. "It's not just at this time of year. It's just there's more focus at this time because there's a deadline there. Other than that, people are always trying to get better, evaluating where your young players are as far as how they can help with depth, whether we need a depth players or a certain role player. All of those things go into the mindset.

"Over the years, we've pulled them from all different directions depending upon what needs are and what's available. It's a combination of everything. We've tried to focus certainly getting more balance in our lines. That certainly has started. Are we there yet? No. Do we have it within our system and roster to get better? I think so. But we'll see."

Lamoriello reiterated his belief that the Devils, on their best nights, have what it takes to win now. They are currently in sixth place in the Eastern Conference at 30-20-4 on the season.

"You've seen the way we've played," Lamoriello said. "We've played well. When we play within the framework of what we're asked to do, we're as good as anybody."

For more on the Devils, head over to the SB Nation blog In Lou We Trust. Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more news and rumors.

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