1/3/18 | During the first intermission of the Rangers/Blackhawks game on NBCSN, Darren Dreger spoke about Rick Nash's future and said:
"He is not scoring but he is playing well and that is recognized by the Rangers. Based on the fact that the Rangers are in the playoff picture, how do you deal Rick Nash away and get the return from a team interested in a rental property? Again, he is playing well, he loves New York, he wants to stay with the Rangers, they would like to re-sign him. The discussions on his future and extending him are likely to kick into gear in the next month or so. They haven't had any strong discussions at this point and he is also key in terms of the young players, an excellent role model for the young players coming into the organization."
Adam Rotter: I expect that the Rangers will re-sign Rick Nash but there are questions about the term and cap hit. He will certainly make less than he is this season and I think it's doubtful the Rangers would go past three years for him. So I think ultimately it's three-year deal worth somewhere between $4 and $5 million with some form of no-trade protection.
In any situation the Rangers would get one of their best players, best leaders and mentors back for a price that will likely more resemble his potential production. He's still Rick Nash and that name will always carry some level of expectation with it, but I believe his next contract with the Rangers will be more in line with him being a two-way player and not an offensive force.