I’ve been hemming and hawing over what it would mean for the Columbus Blue Jackets and the New York Rangers to come to a deal for Rick Nash. Today seems to be that day as Darren Dreger dropped the bomb that Rick Nash would be sent to the Rangers in exchange for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon, and a 1st round draft pick.
How do I express that even as Scott Howson does something good, he still manages to lose? Yes, he managed to unload a massive contract from a player who didn’t want to be there. But he didn’t pick up the all star pieces he was begging for.
Howson now has Brandon Dubinsky, a great all around player who for some reason couldn’t find the net this season. A real drain on the New York Rangers when the needed goals the most and with Nash’s departure, there’s going to be a huge drop off in goals for CBJ. Yes, Dubinsky is a physical player but that’s not what the Jackets need. They need an offensive threat and unless Nash can “find” himself in Columbus, they have a long few seasons ahead of themselves.
Also going out is 24/7 darling, Artem Anisimov. Another guy who couldn’t buy a goal this season, except unlike Dubinsky, he offers no drive to the team. His best games were under the 24/7 spotlight. As I’ve mentioned before, the guy can’t play unless the whole world is watching and I’m sorry but you’re not going to get that attention in Columbus.
The final piece of the trade (besides the draft pick) is Tim Erixon. Not much of a name to New York Ranger fans, but certainly a pain in the butt to me. He started last summer out as a Calgary Flames draft pick who refused to sign with the team. They were in danger of losing his rights, so they sent him out to the New York Rangers in exchange for Roman Horak. The Rangers lost that deal, in a way. Horak has gone on to be some what productive with the Flames and the Abbotsford Heat, while Erixon struggles to stand out against the all star defensive pairings the Rangers have put together.
In return is the elusive Rick Nash. Whether or not he is a bust for the New York Rangers is a moot point. In the trade, the Rangers didn’t sacrifice much. Glen Sather didn’t cave into Howson’s demands for big names and managed to piece together a trade that would benefit the New York Rangers as they try to recover from the loss of Marian Gaborik.
Maybe this season isn’t a total loss.
Lets Go Rangers