: Larry Brooks:
Rangers have ca$h, just donít know how much
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05-27-2012, 09:54 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
The Rangers were interested in Nash but they were NOT interested in paying the asking price
His decision had to be a relief to the Rangers, who had pressed Kreider to turn pro after his both freshman and sophomore seasons and who were reluctant to acquire superstar Rick Nash if it meant giving up Kreider to the last-place Columbus Blue Jackets in the trade.
"He wasn't the only reason, but he was a big part," said Gordie Clark, the Rangers' vice-president of player personnel.
"They were asking for so bloody much. As I said in the [war] room, 'Jeez, Columbus wants to give us Nash, but they want us to look like Columbus when we get him.'"
Perhaps that explains why Howson acted with a sense of entitlement through his negotiations regarding Rick Nash with Rangers GM Glen Sather, who lusted after the power winger to such an extent he is believed to have offered the Blue Jackets a five-asset package including Brandon Dubinsky, 21-year-old top defense prospect Tim Erixon, highly regarded 2011 first-round draft choice J.T. Miller and 2010 second-round pick Christian Thomas, along with a 2012 first-round selection in order to make it happen as yesterday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline approached.
There is a difference though between lusting and sinning, the latter the impulse Sather ultimately resisted by rejecting Howson’s laughable demand the package include Dubinsky — plus either Ryan McDonagh or Michael Del Zotto — plus either Derek Stepan or Carl Hagelin — plus 2009 first-rounder Chris Kreider, the Boston College winger who conceivably could join the Rangers when his college season ends — plus a 2012 first-round selection.
That makes the Rangers look like Columbus
To make the money work,Gaborik would have been moved this summer. They want too much for Nash.
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