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Winners And Losers of 2012 NHL Free Agency Part 1

The winners of the 2012 NHL Free Agency:

Minnesota Wild: Not only did they secure Ryan Suter to relieve some offense at the point, but they also signed the hottest commodity on the market, Zach Parise. Parise is elite offensive talent and he will provide big numbers in Minnesota. Not only that, but he will be playing with top prospect Mikael Granlund and possibly Dany Heatley. How scary is that?

Carolina Hurricanes: The Hurricanes were busy this off-season. They acquired Jordan Staal from the Pittsburgh Penguins the 8th overall pick in the 2012 draft, Brandon Sutter and Brian Domoulin. Staal, who was always shadowed in the talent of Crosby, and Malkin, can now finally prove his worth and talent with his brother Eric Staal. They’ve also signed an elite goal scorer Alex Semin in a deal worth seven million dollars for one year. He has the speed and an elite wrist shot, but can be lazy. Otherwise Carolina hit a homerun.

New Jersey Devils: Hear me out here. They aren’t exactly jackpot winners, but they did save their franchise from a possible re-build. Martin Brodeur waited about two hours before deciding to re-sign with the Devils. Who knows what they would of had to trade or bring up from the farm to replace Marty. And let’s be real, can you really replace his talent right away?

New York Rangers: The Rangers have acquired one of the best goal scorers in the league, Rick Nash by trading a first round pick of the 2013 entry draft, Brandon Dubinsky, defensive prospect Tim Erixon and Artem Anisimov for Rick Nash, a conditional third round pick and minor league defenseman Steve Delisle. Rich Nash is usually a lock for 30 goals and 30 assists with decent teammates. What will he provide in New York? If he can overcome the pressure and media, he will score 40.

Dallas Stars: The Dallas Stars may have lost Mike Ribeiro, but they gained two more pieces in the process. They traded Steve Ott for centermen Derek Roy of Buffalo. Roy dropped off last season, but he was coming off an injury. Otherwise, he will pot you 25 goals and help out on the score sheet. Bad thing is that he is out until November with a shoulder injury(Which Buffalo said he was not sent damaged). Aside from that, they also got Jaromir Jagr to sign. Last year he was questionable at what he is capable of, but showed he still has some left in the tank. He will be a hit in Dallas and he will provide some insight to upcoming player Jamie Benn, too.

Washington Capitals:  With Ribeiro now in Washington, that gives the Capitals options to move other centermen who can play wing, to wing. Not only is Ribeiro a great play maker, but he is underrated. With the loss of Semin, maybe he will get some time on the top line for some more offensive help with Ovechkin. Then again, he does have Backstrom in his way.

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Rick Nash Traded In A Blockbuster

The New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets have made a long-awaited blockbuster trade involving superstar Rick Nash. There has been months of speculation of where Rick Nash was going to be traded after asking Scott Howson to trade him after some personal words cross ways, which led to Nash wanting a trade. In the end, the New York Rangers have traded Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, Artem Anisimov and a first round draft pick for Rick Nash, Steven Delisle, and a conditional 3rd round draft pick.

Rick Nash had this to say about joining Broadway “I think they already are one of the top teams in the league and the players they have there is pretty impressive right from the goaltender and the defense and right on up. I’m proud to be part of the organization and the whole city.”

Nash is an exciting player who brings speed, power, and goal scoring ability to the table. The New York Rangers will need Nash’ goal scoring ability a lot with Marian Gaborik out until at least December with a shoulder surgery. This being one reason they needed Nash, they also saw that they lacked goal scoring in the playoffs as Gaborik disappeared with only five goals in 20 playoff games.

On the other side of the trade, the Blue Jackets got a decent return for Nash, but not a full return. Scott Howson was asking for a lot from New York, which included players like Kreider, Stepan and McDonagh who were said to be untouchable. Dubinsky is a solid two-way forward who will bring power and scoring to the table. He plays well against the boards and can defend. Tim Erixon is an upcoming offensive defenseman who has top four pairing potential. Anisimov is also a decent goal scoring forward who will provide some depth to the team. The first round pick will likely be late in the draft.

All and all, I think the return Columbus got was not enough to replicate what Rick Nash brought to the table. He is a 30 goal scorer year in and year out and will probably hit 40 goals-80 points with better teammates in New York. I can not see Dubinsky and Anisimov providing  bigger numbers in Columbus. Only time will tell though.

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