#2: Rick Nash
The poster boy of the trade has done well for himself also after this trade.
Put simply, Nash was traded to a much more competitive team at the time of the trade. The Rangers have continued to be competitive since, even making a Stanley Cup Final in Nash’s second year with the team.
Nash has played in 73 playoff games in the past five years as a Ranger. It’s disappointing that he hasn’t won a Stanley Cup, but he has gained plenty of playoff experience that looks nice on his resume when he will need a new contract next summer.
It’s worth noting that Nash has also been getting paid a little more than what he probably deserves. He was able to sign a contract with the Blue Jackets that paid his $7.8M per year since 2010. As a Ranger, he hasn’t been great in the playoffs and he has only eclipsed 60 points once.
At the end of the day, Nash has done well for himself with this trade.