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.