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Rick Nash Trade: Blue Jackets Nearing Deal With Rangers, According To Report

It all might finally be over. After months of trying to deal superstar Rick Nash, the Columbus Blue Jackets might be in on a deal with the New York Rangers, though there's essentially no details as of yet and nothing is confirmed. Darren Dreger of TSN posted on Twitter that the trade is in process right now (Monday).

He followed up with a Tweet saying that multiple players are involved in the trade and that contracts are being reviewed at this time. The Rangers have been in on the Nash sweepstakes since the beginning, and have been regarded as one of the teams with the best shot of landing Nash. It was reported that Nash had cleared the Rangers as one team he'd accept a trade to, while the Rangers have a lot of pieces available for trade.

But until now, it was reported that the Rangers, despite pushing hard, hadn't given the Blue Jackets a good enough offer. It's unclear at this point if the Rangers sweetened the deal a bit or if the Blue Jackets realized that deals weren't likely to get done with other clubs (they refused a huge deal from the Detroit Red Wings, asked too much of the San Jose Sharks in Logan Couture, and Nash refused to be traded to the Ottawa Senators).

It was reported back in February that the Rangers had dropped out of the running for Nash. It's certainly possible that the Blue Jackets felt there wasn't going to be a better offer out there and accepted the standing offer from New York, but we won't know if the Rangers sweetened the deal or not until this is all over.

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