As first reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger, the New York Rangers finally got their man on Monday when they traded for Columbus winger Rick Nash. Heading back to the Blue Jackets will be forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, defense prospect Tim Erixon, and a first round pick. The Rangers also received a third round pick and a defense prospect as part of the deal.
In Nash, the Rangers get the hulking power forward that they’ve been lacking for several years. The former Columbus captain comes with one of the highest cap hits in the league at $7.8 million for the next six seasons, but has also scored at least 30 goals in six of the past seven seasons and will be a bruising presence on the Rangers’ top line alongside Brad Richards. And with top goal scorer Marian Gaborik out with a torn rotator cuff until at least late November, the team was desperate for some offensive firepower. They get exactly that in Nash.
With teams dropping out of the bidding left and right over the past few weeks, Columbus GM Scott Howson’s leverage was waning by the day, and Glen Sather took full advantage in sending back the pieces that he did. Dubinsky is a talented young player at 26 years old, but is coming off a career-worst season that saw his goal production drop from 24 to 10 in just one year. Anisimov is also a talented two-way player, but comes with serious flaws that include a lack of foot speed and a shot that takes way too long to get off. Erixon might just turn out to be the best player that Columbus got and could have contributed on the Rangers’ blue line this season, but is still an unknown commodity.
The Rangers are offsetting Nash’s cap hit in large part with the salaries of Dubinsky ($4.2m cap hit) and Anisimov ($1.875m), though they might have a situation on their hands in the next few years with some of their RFAs. Among the pieces that Sather deemed untouchable during these negotiations were young forwards Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider, as well as future star defenseman Ryan McDonagh, all of whom will be RFAs and due for substantial raises after next season (and they also retained current RFA Michael Del Zotto, though whether he was ‘untouchable’ is a mystery). If they’re unable to work some cap magic in the next year, they might be in for a tough task when it comes time to retain those pieces.
But for now, the Rangers — and specifically Sather — can hold their heads high knowing that they got they far better end of this deal and that their patience paid off. Last February, Howson’s asking price reportedly included both McDonagh and Kreider, and Sather was able to get that down by a huge margin (figure Erixon for McDonagh and Anisimov for Kreider). That’s a pretty good day at the office.
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