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Over the past couple years, the New York Rangers have been a very active team during the offseason. Back in 2009, the Rangers signed Slovakian superstar Marian Gaborik to a five-year deal. In the previous offseason, the Rangers signed Brad Richards, who happened to be the top overall unrestricted free agent in 2011.
Even after signing Gaborik and Richards, the Rangers had scoring problems, which is not something new for the organization. They had to rely too much on the league’s top defense and Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundquvist.
So, the Rangers had to do something to add to a struggling offense and they certainly did this summer by completing a trade for Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash.
News that Nash wanted out of Columbus was not shocking, but the fact that the Blue Jackets were ready to ship him away was. Nash has had very little support from the Columbus team over the course of the years looming from the lack of defense to their goaltending troubles. The Blue Jackets have many holes to fill and will take them many years in my mind to rebuild. They had a solid draft this year and that should help them moving forward after finishing in last place in the entire league.
There were talks that Rick Nash would accept a trade to six different teams consisting of the Rangers, Bruins, Red Wings, Sharks, and others, but it was difficult to decide which one of these stellar teams would give up so much for a single player. The Blue Jackets said they would like a premier forward and draft picks. So, the question was who were the Blue Jackets looking to land?
After rumors that the Rangers and Blue Jackets were close to finishing a trade involving Rick Nash, it didn’t take too long before becoming official. The Rangers are shipping away forwards Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky with defensemen Tim Erixon and a first rounder, while they receive Rick Nash (of course), Steven Delisle and a third round pick.
The question is: how will this trade affect both teams?