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New York Rangers forward Rick Nash is in the final year of an eight-year, $64 million deal contract. Can Nash and the organization work a deal out prior to the trade deadline?

Inbetween the first and second period of the New York Rangers hockey game on NBCSN, Darren Dreger had some insight on the status of Rick Nash and the New York Rangers. Dreger, with Canada’s TSN Sports, is one of the premier hockey insiders around.

“He is not scoring but he is playing well and that is recognized by the Rangers. Based on the fact that the Rangers are in the playoff picture, how do you deal Rick Nash away and get the return from a team interested in a rental property? Dreger said during his report. Dreger went on to say, “he loves New York, he wants to stay with the Rangers, they would like to re-sign him. The discussions on his future and extending him are likely to kick into gear in the next month or so.”

Nash has been playing well with the Rangers, but he is no longer considered the high scorer that he was when he signed his last contract in the summer of 2009. If Nash were to re-sign with the team, it would be at an equivalent level as a top two-way hockey player. With the Rangers holding the number one wild card position (as of Wednesday night) I don’t believe trading him right now or before the trade deadline would be wise. He has been a leader on the ice, plays a strong two-way hockey game and can definitely help with the younger guys who will be coming up with the Rangers in the future, namely Filip Chytil and Lias Andersson.

For the season Nash has played in 39 games, scoring nine goals with eight assists for 17 points.

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