Rick Nash Trade Rumors: New York Rangers Reportedly Drop Out Of Talks

It appears as though Rick Nash won't be a member of the New York Rangers, at least not at the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline. According to a report from ESPN New York, Glen Sather has made the determination that Scott Howson and the Columbus Blue Jackets are simply asking too much for the services of their captain, and he's not willing to pay up.

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.

But that doesn't seem likely, and if the Rangers truly are not involved in the trade talks anymore, the chances grow that Howson could simply hold on to Nash at the deadline.

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