Rick Nash is in the final season of his contract, but there doesn’t seem to be any sense of urgency with the New York Rangers to get an extension worked out.
“No, none whatsoever,” NHL Insider Bob McKenzie noted bluntly during the Wednesday evening NBCSN pregame show. “Now, I should point out that Rick Nash made it clear to the New York Rangers in the offseason and continues to feel this way that he wants to return to the New York Rangers. He wants to re-sign in New York. He likes it there and would like to continue to be a member of the team.
“Everybody knows that he’s going to have to take a haircut, that he’s not going to get his $7.8 million average deal. He’s 33 now, he’s going to be 34 by the time next season starts. The question then becomes how big would that haircut be?
“And you could get into that. He might argue, ‘Well, Patrick Marleau got three years at $6.25 million and he’s 38 years old. And the Rangers might argue, ‘Yeah, well Eric Staal is 33 years old – same age as you roughly – and he only got a three-year deal at $3.5 million.’
“But I don’t even think they’re at that stage right now because the Rangers are off to a tough start. They want to see where they’re going to go. They feel like they can pull this thing out of the ditch. But in the meantime, they want to see where they are. If things aren’t going well for the New York Rangers, then Rick Nash is likely to be traded as a rental sometime between now and the trade deadline.
“But lots of runway to go down before they get to that point.”
Nash signed his eight-year, $62.4 million contract in the summer of 2009.
The pact does contain a modified no-trade clause, no-move clause. The winger can submit a 12-team trade list.
The Rangers are 1-5-1 through their first seven affairs, and Nash has one goal and no assists in that span.