The dominoes are ready to start falling whenever JP’s kid Zach and Ryan Suter make their “Decisions” which we all expected yesterday.
We do know that the Rangers aren’t even a little bit involved in either of those free agents, who are going to get insane contracts no matter where they land.
And we do know, or expect, that once they do land the dominoes start to tumble and perhaps Glen Sather can get onto acquiring Rick Nash … that is, if Columbus GM Scott Howson can find an acceptable deal that doesn’t include Chris Kreider or Derek Stepan (apparently, according to reports out of Ohio, Ryan McDonagh is not a “must” in the offer/demand; the Jackets aren’t necessarily looking for a D-man).
And we know that after Parise’s contract is done, Nash’s $7.8 million cap hit is going to look like a bargain.
Not to mention the P.A. Parenteau, Ray Whitney, Olli Jokinen contracts.
Last night, in case you missed it, Aaron Portzline, the fine reporter for the Columbus Dispatch, tweeted that, as far as he knows, the list of teams to which Nash would accept a trade includes … “Detroit, NY Rangers, Philadelphia and San Jose.” He added, “To be clear: there could be one or two more.” Carolina, for some reason, believes it still has a shot at him. Others, including Ottawa, have been told to not bother.
Anyway, I’m not expecting much today only because I’ve spent two days expecting stuff to start rolling, and I have two important appointments today (no, not those kind of appointments where you smack a ball around and enjoy yourself to whatever degree; these are actual appointments from which I will derive no pleasure). So I’ll be checking in throughout the day, but I might not be here to update immediately.
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