February 2, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers forward Rick Nash (61) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports

Remebering the Rick Nash Trade

February 2, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers forward Rick Nash (61) celebrates scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning as forward Brad Richards (19) cheers in the background at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports

On this day one year ago, Rick Nash became a member of the New York Rangers.  While we lost Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon and a first round draft pick from this year’s draft that turned into Kerby Rychel.

While John Tortorella whined night in and night out about the team missing pieces (Anisimov, Dubinsky), what the Rangers acquired was a true power forward. One not afraid to use his body and his speed to get goals, and to make plays when needed (execpt for the playoffs of course!)

Anyway, what we got is a superstar, a player who can score, a player who can make a difference at any given time. Something that while they had Marian Gaborik, he did seem to go missing from time to time, and when he was held off the score sheet, he never really tried to make a difference in a game.

Those games during the playoffs where Nash was held scoreless, he still was trying his hardest to make plays, was still shooting the puck, he was creating. Under Alain Vigneault, things will only improve for Rick Nash. Things will get better for him, and he’ll be the offensive force that we remember him being in Columbus.

But, lets all sit back and remember the trade that brought Rick Nash to New York, just one year ago today.

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