Dreger: "Rick Nash might complicate things for the Sabres"

February 09, 2018 - 12:58 pm

Joe DiBiase reporting

The NHL trade deadline is just a few weeks away. For much of the season, Evander Kane was the only big name known to be on the market. Now, the Sabres have some competition. It was reported by Bob McKenzie that the Rangers asked for Nash's 18-team no trade list, and would focus on trading him to one of the other 12. McKenzie added this a few days later:

McKenzie: As of this moment, three pieces seem to be the asking price for Rick Nash. "A first-round pick, a top prospect, and another lesser player or prospect or pick." #NYR

— Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) February 6, 2018

If that's the asking price for Rick Nash, Kane would be a more attractive trade piece. Kane and Nash both have 16 goals this season, but Kane has 10 more assists, and is 7 years younger. Not to mention that Nash has a $7.8 million cap hit this year, and Kane's is just $5.25 million. Another advantage for the Sabres is Kane's lack of a no movement clause. The Sabres can trade Kane to any of the other 30 teams. The Rangers can't, as previously mentioned. Both players will be free agents at the end of the year.

TSN's Darren Dreger shed some more insight into the trade market, and what the outlook is for an Evander Kane trade.

On Nash's availability effecting the market:
"The quality of players on the market, such as Rick Nash, may complicate things for the Sabres right now. There's still a decent enough market, but Botterill might not get what he's hoping to get."

On the Kane asking price:
"The original ask for Evander Kane has been three pieces, and Jason Botterill hasn't gotten any offers like that yet. Now the market has grown, which has created some tension."

On Kane's production dropping:
"The fact that Evander Kane's production has dipped has been a deterrent, but we might start to see some activity two weeks leading up to the deadline. That may make things interesting for a potential Kane trade."

You can hear the entire segment with Darren Dreger below.

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