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Report: Rick Nash traded to the Rangers

Jul 23, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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Huge news, via TSN’s Darren DregerRick Nash has been traded by the Blue Jackets to the Rangers.

Heading to Columbus is Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a first-round pick.

Update: The full deal is Nash, a 2013 third-round pick (which goes back to CBJ if NYR make Cup final) and minor-league defenseman Steven Delisle to New York in exchange for Dubinsky, Anisimov, Erixon and a 2013 first-rounder.

New York had been considered the favorite to land Nash, but until now the two teams had been unable to agree on the package that would go to Columbus.

“If we do complete a trade, we’re trading out a 30 to 40 goal scorer,” Jackets GM Scott Howson said prior to the trade. “Defense is probably the strongest part of our team if we look at it today, so we’re looking to get some NHL forwards back first and foremost.”

Howson got his wish by acquiring two NHL forwards in Anisimov and Dubinsky. However, he was unable to pry the likes of Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan or Ryan McDonagh from Rangers GM Glen Sather.

More to come…

  1. killerpgh - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Depending on the piece the Rangers are giving up this could/should be a huge improvement for the Rangers offense.

    • killerpgh - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      The Rangers raped the Blue Jackets on this deal.

  2. ct14flyers - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Great move even if they give up a guy like Krieder. Nash will be a star on Broadway.

  3. phillyphever - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Dubinsky, Erixson, Anisimov and a 1st. Glad Philly didn’t get him. Enjoy the cap killing softie NY.

    • phillyphever - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      Per Dreger and McKenzie.

  4. bcisleman - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Sorry to hear that Howson caved. He should not be an NHL GM.

    • therealjr - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      What is he supposed to do? Play hardball with the two, maybe three teams making serious offers, when Nash is on record saying he wanted out? You think he had the leverage of saying let’s drag this on and start the season with this distraction? Not to mention the new CBA may have even dwindled the serious offers for him further. Get up to speed.

    • stakex - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      He was always going to cave. He was asking a super star price for a player thats not quite a super star. No one was going to come close to his demands. He should have taken the Rangers deadline offer, which was actually better, instead of pushing his luck.

      Fully agree he shouldn’t be an NHL GM though.

  5. capesouth - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    So now if Weber ends up in Philly, the east, and that division, is ridiculously loaded. Imagine is Parise was still in NJ.

  6. jkay1818 - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    cap killer? dubinsky wasn’t? at almost 5mm a yr? anisimov wasnt free either. He’s going to be good in NY, this is the best center he’s ever played with in richards, or stepan for that matter. they didnt have to give up guys like mcdonagh, del zotto, stepan , hagelin, krieder or JT miller. this is a steal for NY. They have hagelin and krieder all yr to replace anisimov and dubinsky.

  7. biffnasty - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Stanley cup champs. Thank you Columbus

  8. treydogg97 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Nash possibly on the same line as Gaborik…

    • DED - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      They’re both right wingers so that might be tough.

      • budvw14 - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:30 AM

        Nash will prob be moving to left wing as Callahan owns that second line RW. Nash, Richards, and Gaborik on top when Gaborik comes back with an all American second line of Kreider, Stepan and Callahan.

  9. rockthered1286 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Considering the other offers they were supposedly putting out there, this is an absolute steal for the Rangers. Dubinski slid pretty bad last year, Anisimov is good, not great, Erixon has some good potential and a first round pick that most likely will be on the low end of the round.

    I can’t believe Howson accepted that. I would have wanted at least Kreider or Steppan over Dubinski. But then again, I’m not the worst GM in the NHL. So there’s that.

    • budvw14 - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:56 AM

      Anisimov has all the physical tools, he’s just the typical enigmatic Russian, you never know what player is going to show up. Dubinsky could easily bounce back and have a season similar to the year he had in 2010-2011. Plus no one will ever question the effort he brings every night. He tends to take bad penalties though. A little too emotional. Erixon would have been a top ten pick had the Rangers not aquired him from Calgary first. In all there is a lot of potential but nothing close to what could have been had at the deadline. Sather pulled of another win. As far as howson on the receiving end of sather… See Bob Gainey!

  10. mclovinhockey - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Wow, all they had to do was clear cap to get Nash haha

  11. ct14flyers - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    this is a steal. Howson screwed the pooch on this one.

  12. claysbar - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Nash to the Rangers, Weber possibly to Philly, your move Ray.

  13. bdfools - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Great move for the Rangers. For those saying “Enjoy the cap hit,” the Rangers sent almost the exact same amount of cap hit back the other way.

    Nash: $7.8 million

    Dubinksy: $4.2 million
    Anisimov: $1.875 million
    Erixon: $1.75 million
    Total: $7.825 million

    • capesouth - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      I think the point in saying that is the fact 7.8 million is tied up in one player. Later on, having so much money strapped to one player can become a negative thing if the rangers NEED to add some piece to stay competitive. Right now, it is a great move…having that cap hit for however many years going forward though..that’s where it could be a bad thing. They have a lot of money tied to a handful of players. Not much flexibility down the road.

      • zaksyuk - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:41 PM

        only 3 years left he should be good for atleast 30 with a real center to play with for the first time since the olympics

      • capesouth - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:46 PM

        6 years left..

      • budvw14 - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:37 AM

        His cap hit won’t be quite the detriment that everyone believes. Gaborik on has two years left on his deal at 7.5mil. In two years, would you rather have a 33 yo Gaborik or a 30 yo Nash?

    • pepper2011 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      I think his point was (almost) 8m for one guy is a lot different than 8m for 3. Good trade for the short term, but could create some problems (2014/15-18) as Callahan, Hagelin, Kreider, Stepan, Mcdonough,Giradi, staal, boyle and lundquist are all in line for raises. Gaborik most likely walks after next year (2013-14) – then again who cares if you got two legitimate cup chances. As a B’s fan, I don’t know how I feel about this deal. It definitely makes the Rangers a offensive powerhouse. But the Rangers have lost a LOT of toughness and grit. Most of the other teams saw what the Bruins and Kings and their makeup and have added the grit intangible – the rangers will no doubt win some presidents trophies~!

      I wonder what this does to the Bobby Ryan trade demands? Krejci, Caron, and a 1st…

      • capesouth - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:40 PM

        you would think this would lower the trade demands, no? CBJ got hosed..If this trade happened the way it did, maybe the Bs will steal Ryan for Caron, straight up..Obviously kidding but if Weber does go to philly, you have to think the Bs may feel a little pressure to improve here and now…I think getting Ryan for Krejci does that.

      • pepper2011 - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM

        I am torn. I didn’t really want Nash, but I want Ryan. Everything hinges on development. The Bruins are getting better; if from nothing but experience. Seguin still can’t drink legally. 70pts as a 19 year old isn’t too shabby- his overall improvement was even more noticeable. It’s easy to forget just how young the B’s are and how there still is room for improvement. Seguin will be a superstar – pushing 100 points and strong defensively for years to come. Seguin(20), Marchand(24), Bergeron(26), Lucic(24), Horton(27), Krejci(26) and Hamilton(19) are all 27 or younger. Nash is 28. Caron will be a good NHL player and I think I am actually just as excited to see Spooner as I am Hamilton. Spooner will be a lot like Bergeron or Kesler (hopefully without the antics). I see why PC is standing pat; it’s just not as much fun.
        Curious.. how to other fan bases see Seguin? I am a bit of a homer, but he is very Stamkos like to me… I know last year was his “2nd” year, but he didn’t get much ice time and when he did it wasn’t with top tier talent – I could see 40+ goals next year.

      • pepper2011 - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:05 PM

        by not playing with top tier talent and not a lot of ice time I was referring to his rookie year

      • bdfools - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:10 PM

        They lost a bit of “grit” with Prust and Dubinsky gone, I’ll give you that. (Anisimov, while big, isn’t really what I’d call a tough player.) But it’s not like Nash isn’t gritty. He’s not afraid to throw the body around and even drops the gloves occasionally. And they signed Asham to replace Prust. They’ve still got Callahan, Girardi, McDonagh, Staal, Boyle, and Rupp. Plenty of toughness.

      • pepper2011 - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:25 PM

        Don’t disagree with you necessarily … The I just liked the way Prust and Dubinksky play. Callahan too. Unimpressed with Boyles fake toughness. (good) defenseman are tough by nature and the Rangers seem to have a never ending supply of them. I like the trade, but I just felt while other teams were adding grit the Rangers were giving some up for skill. I guess it’s easier to do when you have a abundance of toughness. It’s gonna be a fun season.

  14. bobhpine - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    I can’t imagine CBJ couldn’t have done better at the deadline…what a crap trade

  15. lloydpricessister - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    rick nash is overrated. soup can will destroy him i cant wait. SCA

    • barkar942 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      Only chance of that happening is if soup can isn’t out with concussion symptoms.

  16. mmazzzzzz - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    yes…love the trade. Nash will be great in NY

  17. fiyeaglesfiy - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Way to stay strong Glen!!

    • jkay1818 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      you cant possibly be that delusional to think that sather messed up. By not dealing their prized young guys and unloading a heavy dubinsky contract, this is a steal for NY

  18. bigpara - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Haters are going to hate.

    • lordfletcher - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      welcome to our world

      – Wild fan

      great trade for NYR. can’t believe this is finally over and for this price? Howson, come on (slap face)

  19. capsfan19 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Ewww think im gonna be sick.

  20. wingz101 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Wow. Way to drive a stake through the heart of Columbus NHL hockey. Two forwards that combined for 26 goals (COMBINED), an unproven defenseman and a late 1st round pick.

    Not even top line NHL starter?

    The guy just killed that franchise.

  21. blueblood86 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Bad trade

  22. zaksyuk - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Maybe now Doan can sign semin can sign and the trade market can wake up because this offseason has been absolutley dismal and i hate it!

    • barkar942 - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      The summer market is really being more affected by the CBA negotiations than the lack of desire for teams to make moves. I think most teams are afraid to make moves right now, with the uncertainty of a deal.

      • CJ - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:11 PM

        which is precisely why they should’ve kept Nash and moved him at the deadline.

      • zaksyuk - Jul 23, 2012 at 9:03 PM

        True but zaksyuk want MORE !

  23. cameltoews - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    If the rangers can convince Doan to come to broadway, NYR wins this offseason.

    • lordfletcher - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      Not saying NRY hasn’t done well but MN getting Parise and Suter for free (no trades) makes them the summer Stanley Cup winners.

      NYR a close second if they get Doan and Philly in 3rd once Weber goes there mid week

  24. mrpigs - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Can’t believe we got away with this trade!!!! One happy rangers fan here!!!

  25. ikillchicken - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Smooth move Columbus. When the trade market is hot they ask an impossibly high price and drive everyone away from the table. Then, when the trade market is at it’s coolest they slash their price to next to nothing and accept a deal that does nothing for them. A couple decent guys who will make them marginally less awful in the short term. None of these players are something they can build around.

  26. napoleonblownapart6887 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    This is genuinely comical. I cannot believe Howson made this deal… he shouldn’t be allowed to eat soup unless he’s wearing water wings, let alone run an NHL franchise – that’s how bad this move was.

    This reminds me of some of the Pirates trades in the late 90s and early 2000s by Littlefield. Just straight posturing before caving for head-scratchingly silly deals. Sorry to get all baseball-y in people’s hockey talk, but I genuinely believe that this is the kind of trade that sends teams into serious downward spirals.

    • ikillchicken - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      Is it possible for Columbus to enter a downward spiral? Haven’t they already hit rock bottom?

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        While this is definitely the nail in the coffin for Howson’s career, think about this team for the next few years. It’s going to get worse before it gets better when their stands are empty, there’s no dollar figure that can coax a free agent to sign there, and any player worth his salt now knows he can moan his way out of town… Sadly this is just the beginning.

  27. Ryan Karhut - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Does this trade mean the Blue Shirts will be Stanley Cup Champs in 2013?

    Did Columbus get enough back for Nash?

    Let me hear your thoughts

    http://athletesangle.com/2012/07/23/rick-nash-a-blue-shirt/#more-2630

  28. tbbolts91 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    In other news, star hockey players Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov have been found dead in their homes earlier this morning. In their suicide notes it says this was caused by their trade to Columbus yesterday afternoon.

    • barkar942 - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:48 PM

      Well, at least they can visit their friend Vinnie Prospal.

  29. antmel30 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    I love Nash and in new York he will be good. As a flyers fan I watched new York struggle to find an identity as a team for last couple years. I thought they finally found it this year with a good combination of grit and skill. It seems like new York is loosing a lot of their grit in Dubinsky and Proust. This sport is different than most you can have all the scoring power in the world but if you lack grit it could catch up with u just ask Pitt. U hate the trade as a flyers fan but love the rival. I actually enjoyed watching rangers play but absolutely hate them as a fan of Philly. I hope they don’t loose to much grit because the physical play is the best part about these teams playing each other

    • DED - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      Rangers have also lost their top two penalty minute takers from the past season. Prust had 156 (tied for 6th in the league). Dubinsky had 110 (26th in the league). I’ll miss both of them, but not the amount of time they left the team short-handed.

      • budvw14 - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:45 AM

        Proust took mostly fighting majors….Dubinsky took a LOT of dumb penalties!

  30. isithockeyseasonyet - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Wow great deal for the rangers, thought for sure one of either del zotto/stepan/kreider/mcdonagh would have had to be in this deal for it to happen, still don’t think he’s worth that cap hit but like someone mentioned before, they cleared the cap space to get him. As a fan of a different Atlantic conference team, ‘eff you howson, the least you could have done was get ONE of their good d prospects, wtf!!’

  31. juzzi7 - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Did…Did….Did the Blue Jackets just get…. worse?
    I Thought that wasn’t possible but I guess their goal is to get 50points next season.

  32. 2qswing - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    In a related story Ryan Murray has been put on suicide watch

    • juzzi7 - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      Jack Johnson meanwhile is feeling great because of a great last year and because of the upcoming season with the strong CBJ team.

  33. Stiller43 - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Alright shero, your move.

  34. jkaflagg - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Gotta give the Rangers credit for waiting out Howson and not including a top prospect or player in the deal……the Jackets now have good selection of decent players, but that’s not enough to make the playoffs in the West….

  35. jaredo10 - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Wow.. well worth the wait.. Great job to rangers front office for the patience

  36. stakex - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    If you really think about it, this was always going to be the end result. I didn’t think the Rangers were going to get Nash quite this cheap (I figured JT Miller would be involved in any deal), but with Howson asking such a high price… the end result was always going to be him having to beg for teams to make a deal. Thats clearly what happened here. As I’ve said, and others have noted…. this deal is actually cheaper then what the Rangers offered at the deadline. That tells me Howson was desperate to make a deal, which comes with little shock.

    In the end I’m glad the Rangers got Nash, only becasue they got him fairly cheap. I think Dubinsky and Anisimov will do fairly well in Columbus where they will both likely have bigger roles then they did with the Rangers. That sure as hell won’t make Columbus fans feel better, but if you honestly though Howson was going to get something close to what he was asking for you deserve to be disapointed.

  37. savior72 - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Hey Rangers fans, YouTube ” oshie hits nash”. There is 2 of them, then you will see what you just bought. Philly fans will love it

  38. cameltoews - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Savior72……there isn’t a player in the league that hasn’t been leveled at some point in there career. You are a moron. It just shows Nash is willing to go to the areas where big hits occur to make a play. Learn the game.

  39. richieranger - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Wow…don’t know what to say…almost feel bad for Columbus.

  40. phillyphan83 - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    definately a steal for NY. I can’t believe they got Nash for all those chumps.

  41. kgun80 - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Wow! Well no surprise The Rangers made a win NOW move. If Nash can nest with that roster the Rangers could be very good. As a Sabres fan that hurts to say. With Lundquist and a good D and with the addition of Nash they could be a cup contender. I’m hoping Im wrong and it turns out terribly

  42. savior72 - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Cameltoews, seeing as that I’ve played hockey, I know the game. I’ve also watched Rick Nash since he’s been in the league. He’s in our division. The man can’t take or give a hit, which is a shame for his size. Watch the video, back to back game with blues, second game he tries to get even and gets reverse checked bad. Oh well.

  43. fugubeach - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Imagine if Atlantic division was NYR,PHI,PIT,NJD,and BOS?! Best division EVER

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