The Rangers aren't practicing today (they'll be at MSG at 10 am for a meeting and a morning skate before they host the Devils), but somehow I think they'll have the antennae up around 1 p.m., when the Blue Jackets face the Penguins in Pittsburgh.
And so will I...
Power winger Rick Nash, the focus of most of the trade speculation for the past two weeks, made the trip, and I expect will play, but the Jackets' brass stayed behind to huddle (well, it is Sunday), weigh offers for some of their players and discuss roster moves.
As most of the professional folks who are following the saga have written/speculated, GM Glen Sather is balking at unloading the NHL youngster truck for Nash, and that makes sense. No Del Zotto, no McDonagh, no Stepan. Brandon Dubinsky, for better or worse, is expected to be included in Sather's final offer, whatever that may be. The sands have shifted over the past few days, we're told. Columbus wants more forwards, so either J.T. Miller or Christian Thomas may have to be sacrficed (As I wrote yesterday in the Insider for today's editions; see newsday.com/sports ) but not No. 1 prospect Chris Kreider, as well as D Tim Erixon and a No. 1 pick or two. I'd toss RFA Mats Zuccarello in the mix, if asked.
There's also some whispers that the Rangers are asking for something back from Columbus, a low priced player or a pick. The Blueshirts are still looking for a d-man for the playoff run, and will chase one elsewhere otherwise.
So, carry on, and for the next 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 hours, do as you usually do, and check in here and follow me on Twitter @stevezipay