1. Will Columbus’s Rick Nash be a Ranger?
Doubtful. Nash carries an average cap hit of $7.8 million on a deal that runs through the 2017-18 season.
Coupled with what’s widely believed to be Columbus general manager Scott Howson’s demands — Brandon Dubinsky, Derek Stepan, Michael Del Zotto or Ryan McDonagh, prospect Chris Kreider and a draft pick — there is a better chance of seeing Denis Potvin receive a standing ovation from the MSG faithful.
2. Why did they let Jeff Carter go to the Kings?
It was a more doable trade than Nash since he’s not the star Hash is, but he has 10 years and $52 million left on his long-term deal.
Also, Carter is not among the league’s Frank J. Selke Trophy candidates — an award given annually to the forward who shows the most defensive ability.
Besides, Carter would have been a poor fit in John Tortorella’s defense-first system. It’s not a disappointment Rangers fans.
3. So who should the Rangers be looking to add?
The smart thinking has general manager Glen Sather tinkering around the edges. The Rangers need a forward to contribute to the power play and fit into the defense. Think an Andrew Brunette-type.
The Rangers could also use a defenseman. The Wild’s Marek Zidlicky could be had after he complained about being a healthy scratch three games in a row.