The New York Rangers, stocked with young, promising forwards, still appear to be the most likely fit for Nash, and their desire might have been heightened during the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Rangers' 2.15 goals per game in the playoffs was the second-lowest figure of any club to advance past the first round.
Also known to have considerable interest are San Jose, Philadelphia, Toronto and Carolina, apparently a late entry, sources said.
With draft close at hand, asked GM Jim Rutherford again today about likelihood of Canes trading their first-round pick.Chip Alexander
Rutherford: "That's hard to say. We've done a lot of work in trying to get a real good forward to play with Eric (Staal). ..."Chip Alexander
Rutherford: "I'd prefer not to (trade the pick). But if the right player was available and the right deal, we would do it."Chip Alexander
Rutherford said he expects NHL trades next week. "Whether we'll get in on those early trades or not, we're trying to."