The Stealth GM stayed in stealth mode and decided not to make any big deals before the trade deadline. Tortorella said, "I like our team," and that belief certainly played a factor in the Rangers' decision not to spring for Nash.
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Nash stays with Blue Jackets --
With the Rangers bowing out of the Rick Nash sweepstakes on Sunday night, it was a pretty underwhelming trade deadline day for New York...
It now appears likely that Nash will be shopped again leading up to the draft this June by Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson...
The Rangers were one of a few teams on Nash’s approved list.
The potential acquisition of Nash was a polarizing one. Some feared that adding Nash at the cost of valuable young assets could disrupt an already-strong team chemistry. Others felt it could be the piece that could boost the Rangers to be Stanley Cup contenders.
Brandon Dubinsky, whose name surfaced in recent weeks as a potential trading chip to acquire Nash, said he didn't think he’d be dealt during the team’s morning skate at Madison Square Garden Monday.
"I know this team wants me. I know how much I want to be here. I’m pretty confident that at 3:01 p.m. Eastern Standard Time that I’ll be a New York Ranger,” Dubinsky said Monday morning, about 4.5 hours before the 3 p.m. trade deadline.
Coach John Tortorella also expressed confidence in his team as currently comprised.
“I like our team,” Tortorella said...