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Rick Nash Trade Rumors: Rangers Drop Out

For more on the Columbus Blue Jackets, go to The Cannon. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NHL hub at SBNation.com/NHL.

The New York Ranges have allegedly dropped out of the race to acquire Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets, as the asking price has gotten too high for the all-star forward:

It has been widely reported that the Blue Jackets are asking for an NHL player, a top prospect and a first-round draft pick, and the Rangers have been at the forefront of the rumors and speculation that have surrounded the Nash sweepstakes for weeks. It seemed like they were willing to pay for Nash, and there's always the possibility that they're simply posturing less than 24 hours before the deadline in hopes that Howson could lower the asking price.

The Blue Jackets are looking to significantly rebuild their roster if they give up their best player, and a top prospect as well as an additional draft pick would be an excellent way to start.

For more on the Columbus Blue Jackets, go to The Cannon. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NHL hub at SBNation.com/NHL.

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