Sucks to see the Rangers only have to trade a few VERY expendable pieces. Howson blew this one.
I agree 100%. I still don't know how you ask for the moon and get nothing back for a star player that you don't really need to trade. I guess that's what happens when you ask for too much and balk at any decent offers. I want his job, I could easily drive that franchise into the ground twice as fast if given a chance.
Obviously Krieder and Mcdonagh were off the table, but for Howson not to get one of Hagelin, Stepan, Girardi, or even Boyle is terrible. Nash may not have a great contract, but that trade will be Howson's final nail in the coffin in my opinion.
I really don't know why the Rangers were so obsessed with getting Nash in the first place though. They were going to be fine offensively anyway, but this may hamper them when some of their younger players are up for extensions later on.