Trade deadline 'Nash-up' continues

As speculation continues to swirl around the future Columbus Blue Jackets star wing Rick Nash, there are a few new perspectives posted Monday on the topic of a possible trade.

After New York Rangers fans made their preference known at the Garden Sunday, ESPN Insider's Neil Greenberg backed their vocal opinion, writing Monday that Nash, who turns 28 in June, would almost certainly fail to produce at a level worthy of his salary cap hit over the next five seasons.

"Among players in their age 28 to 33 seasons, there have been just six players in the modern era who have hit that 25-goal, 65-point mark (Brett Hull, Guy Lafleur, Jaromir Jagr, Jean Pronovost, Rick Middleton and Yvan Cournoyer) but just one player has done it in all six: Iginla."

Factor in any player/prospect/pick package going back to Columbus and it seems that the price for Nash will be a very expensive one, one that the Rangers could be paying for years down the line.