Rick Nash tells Larry Brooks that while he sometimes thinks about his future and being a pending UFA, that stuff isn't "weighing on him." (NY Post)
Nash reiterated that he wants to stay with the Ranger, saying "this is home," and that while contract issues are usually handled in the summer, he would be open to talk and possibly sign a new contract during the year "if both sides were happy with it." (NY Post)
He added that he understands the business side of things and that the Rangers will ultimately do what they feel is best for the organization, which might be trading him at the deadline. (NY Post)
It has been speculated that the Rangers might move Nash before the deadline, especially if they don't believe they will be playoff contenders.
Adam Rotter: Nash wants to return to the Rangers and I think that to a large degree the Rangers would want to bring him back, but it would have to be a bit more on their terms than Nash's. A 3-year deal would be ideal for the Rangers and keep Nash around as a leader on and off the ice, but it's the cap hit that will ultimately be the issue. Anything under $4 million, to me, would be a no-brainer for the Rangers. The issue will be that Nash will almost certainly be able to command at least $4.5 million, maybe even $5 million, a year as a UFA. More than anything I think that Nash wants to win and if he believes that he can do that with the Rangers, I wouldn't be surprised to see him take a nice haircut in cap hit to stay and to help give the Rangers some extra money to keep players and make the team around him better.
There is the chance that the Rangers trade Nash, though I'm not sure the Rangers will go that route unless the bottom falls out again or someone overpays for him as a rental. I don't think either of those will happen and that ultimately the Rangers will go into the playoffs with Nash.