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Three Rangers who could be traded by NHL deadline

The NHL trade deadline is Feb. 26.

Rick Nash of the Rangers celebrates his goal

Rick Nash of the Rangers celebrates his goal against the Flyers at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 16, 2018. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

The NHL trade deadline is Feb. 26. With that in mind, these Rangers could be involved in deals:

Rick Nash

As a short-term rental, the veteran winger and former Canadian Olympian could skate on a second line and on the power play, stationed in front of the net for a club with a Grade-A first line. Several teams have inquired about the 33-year-old unrestricted free agent and two-way power forward, now in his 15th season. The Rangers are believed to be asking for a first-round draft pick and more and may have to retain some of the remaining salary on his hefty contract.

Michael Grabner

The speedy winger, 30, has 21 goals, many on breakaways when he’s disrupted neutral zone passes with his reads and quickness. Another unrestricted free agent who also kills penalties and likely will test the market this summer, when the Blueshirts could be interested in bringing him back.

Nick Holden

Although he has slowed at 30, the 6-4 defenseman, in the final season of a two-year contract, could provide depth for teams looking for blueline help. The Rangers have younger defensemen to replace him and Holden could bring back a fourth-round pick in return.

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