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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.

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