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3 deals Rangers could pull off at deadline

Is a deal for Rick Nash realistic for the Blueshirts’ offense?

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.

 
 
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