NHL: Rick Nash traded to the New York Rangers
The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded captain Rick Nash to the New York Rangers in a multi-player trade Monday. This comes after months of speculation on the Nash trade front.
Along with Nash, the Blue Jackets also sent minor league defenseman Steve Delisle and a conditional third-round draft pick to the Rangers. The pick is contingent on whether the Rangers make this year’s Stanley Cup Final.
The Blue Jackets received forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov as well as young offensive-defenseman prospect Tim Erixon and a 2013 first-round pick.
The addition of the highly talented Nash will be a big boost to the clubs scoring woes. When you factor in a full season from young winger Chris Kreider as well, Ranger fans can’t help but be excited about the teams much improved offensive attack, to go along with its fantastic young defensive core and vezina trophy winning goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
At first glance one can argue that Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson should be drug tested immediately. After further review though, while Howson could have possibly obtained a better offer at last season’s trade deadline or perhaps around draft time last month, there were only a few teams still in the running for Nash that were on Nash’s list of teams that he’d be willing to be traded to. So yes, Howson could have handled this differently, but on a positive note for Blue Jacket fans if Dubinsky can return to 20 plus goal form (last season he scored only 10 goals, but his play wasn’t that bad), if Anisimov can keep improving and turn into a 20 plus goal scorer himself, then the deal won’t look as lopsided as the first impression gives off. You can also factor in the fact that if Erixon lives up to his potential of an offensive first or second pairing defenseman, then things don’t look bad at all. Again, there are a lot of question marks in regards to why Howson didn’t receive a top line talent, but instead received two 2nd-3rd line types and a potential stud defenseman with potential being the keyword.
Last but not least the Blue Jackets now have 3 first-round picks in a potentially very deep draft. On the downside of that, two of those picks did belong to perhaps the two favorites to play in the Stanley Cup Final next season (Rangers and Los Angeles Kings). So those picks potentially are almost like high second-round picks, but again this is widely considered a deep draft. Add the fact that perhaps one of those picks can be used in an additional trade for other assets.
Great day for Ranger fans and while there are many questions to come, this may not be all doom and gloom for you Blue Jackets fans at the end of the day. Only time will tell.