Rick Nash trade talk goes to New York City

February, 19, 2012
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Columbus general manager Scott Howson will be in attendance for Sunday's game between the New York Rangers and the Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden.

Given the Rangers' interest in prized forward Rick Nash, it is expected that Howson and Rangers general manager Glen Sather will meet at some point during his visit to New York, if they haven't already.

But assuming that sit-down takes place, Sather won't be the only GM in town courting the Blue Jackets' captain.

A source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com that Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, in New York on un-related business, met with Howson in an "un-scheduled" meeting Sunday morning.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Toronto is one of a handful of teams on Nash's "approved" list of destinations to which he'd waive his no-movement clause and accept a trade. In addition to the Rangers, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins are believed to round out that list.

Multiple sources confirmed to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun that the Rangers, Kings, Leafs and Flyers are among teams that have held trade talks this past week with Columbus regarding Nash.

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