The New York Rangers have scratched Michael Grabner and Rick Nash for the Montreal Canadiens game on Thursday night. This only furthers trade speculation in Rangerstown.
Neither Rick Nash nor Michael Grabner will play for #NYR tonight. Team closing in deals, so right now, this is just precautionary. Lettieri and Carey will be in.
— Brett Cyrgalis (@BrettCyrgalis) February 22, 2018
The scratching of Nash and Grabner is just precautionary as the team nears potential trades revolving the two. Teams like to do this so an injury doesn’t derail a potential trade.
It is believed that the Rangers have gained some serious traction on a deal surrounding Grabner.
Action definitely picking up on Rangers' Grabner. Cheap cap hit. Teams coming harder at NYR today it seems…
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 22, 2018
There are a number of teams that are interested in the speedy forward. The Rangers have been reportedly asking for at least a second-round pick in any deal that is surrounding Grabner. This is not an outrageous asking price for the Blueshirts considering that Grabner has scored 52 goals over the last two seasons. Grabner has a cheap cap hit for the rest of the season which makes even more of an attractive commodity.
INSIDER TRADING: #TSNHockey Insiders discuss…
— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) February 20, 2018
At least “five or six teams” are interested in Rick Nash according to Pierre LeBrun of TSN.
Of those teams, the Rangers have been asking for a first-round draft pick, top prospect, and a lower prospect. It is yet to be known whether or not someone has offered that price tag quite yet, but there is traction on a deal.
Nash has been with the Rangers since the 2012-13 season. He has helped lead the Rangers to a Stanley Cup Final, President’s Trophy, and two Eastern Conference Finals. Nash has scored 145 goals in his time with the Blueshirts. He has had one 40 goal season and has scored 20 or more goals every year in his career except in 2002-03 and 2015-16.
This is the beginning of what should be a busy weekend for the Blueshirts.