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Maybe. It’s hard to find a pattern considering he was a seller at the deadline two of his four seasons as GM. Even his first season, they weren’t buyers because they barely made the playoffs.
What we don’t know is whether he’s under the gun to have the Stars make a splash in the playoffs. This is year five, and there has only been one playoff series win. Gaglardi spent big to consume every penny of cap space. You wonder if Gaglardi has put real expectations in place. Even a patient GM will go against their usual behavior if they feel like their job is on the line.
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Larry Brooks wrote:Rick Nash’s 12-team approved trade list cuts across the border and could be expanded upon further review, No. 61 told Slap Shots on Saturday.
“I included the teams that I think have the best chance of winning the Stanley Cup and are also places I think would be good for my family,” the 33-year-old father of two young children said. “And, yes, that does include teams in Canada. I’m not excluding that as a possibility.”
It is believed teams not on the list have been in touch with Joe Resnick, the pending free agent’s agent, to inquire whether Nash might be persuaded into adding them to the mix.
“I’m not sure if that’s been the case yet. It’s been pretty quiet on my end up to now,” Nash said. “I’m not going to include 30 teams, but I would take a look if that came up. I was asked to pick a certain number of teams, but I don’t want to say anything is off-limits.
“It’s a weird situation for me. I could be going someplace for a few months, but I also might wind up staying with a new contract, too. If I’m not wanted here, I’m open to anything.”
Nash invoked that phrase, “If I’m not wanted here,” a couple of times. He caught himself, paused, then amended it.
“I shouldn’t really say that in that way,” he said. “I learned at an early age not to take these things personally. There is no organization in the league that treats its players better than this one does.
“But it’s no secret what the plan is here now. They held a press conference and sent out a letter to tell everyone. If they can get younger players and draft picks for me, then I won’t be here. It’s part of this business.”
There is no more attractive top-six, complete-game, secondary-scoring winger available on the rental market. The Rangers need to maximize the return for Nash, with NHL-ready quality rather than accept only late first-rounders and mid-level prospects coming back. Dallas, Nashville, San Jose and St. Louis have expressed interest. Boston is in. Winnipeg, where the Rangers play Sunday afternoon, may be interested; Tampa Bay, too. Toronto could be, as well, but seems reluctant to jump into the pool head-first.
“I’ve never been in this spot before,” said the 15-year veteran who is in his sixth year with the Rangers. “When I was traded here [from Columbus in July 2012], I had a complete no-move, so different options were presented to me that I could either approve or veto. This is different.”
Nash, who has scored in consecutive games, has recorded eight goals in the past
1211 matches and 17 overall. He is doing what he can to play with a clear mind, but it hasn’t necessarily been that simple. It’s clear, too, Nash has been stung by it.
“I kind of knew it was coming, but still, the first couple of days [after they asked for the list] were tough, for sure,” he said. “Imagine if your boss told you that they were sending you to another paper, but they couldn’t tell you exactly where, and as long as you were still at [The Post] to make sure you wrote your best articles.
“It’s weird. But as long as I am a Ranger, I’m going to play my hardest and do my best. I’m playing for the guys in the room, I’m playing for the Ranger logo, and I’m playing for the fans who spend their money to watch us. To me, that what comes with being a pro.”