Trade for Nash could go to wire

Posted: February 27, 2012

The Rick Nash saga seems to be going down to the wire.

The Columbus Blue Jackets' front office Sunday mulled over offers for the elite power winger, who still could be dealt by Monday's 3 p.m. deadline. There also is the strong possibility that the Blue Jackets will hold out in the hope of getting better offers at the June entry draft.

Columbus was said to be adamant about obtaining players who the Rangers deemed untouchable: center Derek Stepan or No. 1 prospect Chris Kreider, a power forward at Boston College, as well as defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Michael Del Zotto.

The Rangers were believed to be offering Brandon Dubinsky, defenseman Tim Erixon, a forward prospect such as J.T. Miller or Christian Thomas, and a No. 1 draft pick.

Nash, 27, has six years left on his contract, which carries an annual cap hit of $7.8 million.

Penguins win

Evgeni Malkin scored his 37th goal of the season, Brad Thiessen made 21 saves in his NHL debut and the host Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-2.

Devils faltering

Martin St. Louis scored three goals and set up another to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 victory over the host New Jersey Devils, who dropped their second straight game after going 9-1-1 since the all-star break.

- Associated Press

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