There have been rumblings for weeks regarding the direction of the New York Rangers heading in to this offseason, and we may now have a clear picture of what the plans is for general manager Jeff Gorton.
According to reporter Jimmy Muprhy an NHL source has informed him that the Rangers are trying to shed two of their biggest names, and two of their biggest contracts in the process. The source informed Murphy that the Rangers are attempting to deal both Derek Stepan and Rick Nash although that same source expressed doubts that the Rangers would find a suitor for the Nash trade.
"They're trying to move both but good luck with Nash."
Derek Stepan and Rick Nash carry a cap hit of $6.5 million per season and $7.8 million per season respectively, and the Rangers will likely need to retain salary in both deals, indicating that they are head for somewhat of a rebuild or retooling phase.