After months of speculation, the Columbus Blue Jackets have traded captain Rick Nash to the New York Rangers. Alison Holm has more.
In February, Blue jackets officials confirmed that captain Rick Nash, the one bright spot in the forlorn franchise, had let it be known that he wanted to leave Columbus. Although the trade deadline came and went without a move, it was obvious the 28 year-old was playing his last season in Columbus. the only question was where he would end up, and how much the Jackets would get in return for the public face of the team. That question was answered Monday, when general manager Scott Howson announced a deal had been done with the New York Rangers. In addition to Nash, whose 7.8 million dollar annual contract runs through 2018, the Jackets traded a minor league defenseman and a conditional draft pick. Howson insists the Jackets are gaining players for now and the future in the deal.
SH: Brandon Dubinsky: A 26 year-old center that can also play the wing, he scored 20 goals twice in our league. He's fast, he's competitive, he led \the Rangers in hits last year. And he can play both special teams. Artem Anisimov: 24 year-old forward that plays both center and wing. he scored 16 and 18 goals in the last two years. Great size, good skater, plays all 200 feet of the ice, and we think he still has some upside. We also acquired Tim Erixon. 21 year-old defenseman, just completed his first year pro. Higjly touted prospect, and he adds to our growing list of top young defensemen. We expect him to challenge for a roster spot next year.
The Jackets also gain a first round draft pick next year, giving them a total of three in a draft Howson promises to be exceptionally rich. Nash, who led the team in goals for eight straight seasons, was a fan favorite since being drafted in 2002. At 19, he shared the trophy for the most goals in the NHL, becoming the youngest player ever awarded the "Rocket" Richard trophy. He helped Team Canada win a godl medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics.