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It’s official: Rangers trade Gaborik to Columbus

Apr 3, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

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A stunner of a deal coming out of Ohio today — the Blue Jackets have acquired New York Rangers sniper Marian Gaborik.

The deal was pending as Gaborik held  no-trade clause, which he waived.

The move is an absolute blockbuster for rookie GM Jarmo Kekalainen, who has only been on the job in Columbus since mid-February.

That said, New York’s return is plentiful. TSN’s Darren Dreger reports forwards Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett and defenseman John Moore (plus a sixth-round pick in 2013) are on their way to the Big Apple.

Full Deal

To Columbus: Marian Gaborik, Steven Delisle, Blake Partlett
To New York Rangers: Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, John Moore, ’14 sixth-round pick.

Brassard was Columbus’ first-round pick in 2006, Moore the club’s first-rounder in 2009 and Dorsett is one of the team’s alternate captains.

It should be noted that Dorsett is likely done for the season with a broken clavicle. ESPN’s Katie Strang is reporting that Dorsett could be back by the playoffs, though.

A three-time 40-goal scorer (including 41 last year), Gaborik will provide instant offense to a Columbus team that only has one 10-goal scorer this year in Vinny Prospal.

That said, the BJ’s will have to pay.

Gaborik has two years remaining on his five-year, $37.5 million deal and carries an annual cap hit of $7.5 million.

He’s been in a slump this season, scoring just 9G-10A-10PTS in 35 games, but those numbers still make him Columbus’ third-leading scorer behind Prospal (21 points and Mark Letestu (20).

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Did not see that coming, this is one if the best trade deadlines in years

    • bcisleman - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Been noise about Gabby moving. I am guessing Jack Johnson is coming back.

      • bigkniht37 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        Brassard Dorsett and Moore is what Strang on espn is saying…I’d have to say this levels out the Nash highway robbery of a deal

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Agreed! WTF?

    • 950003cups - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      Sorry to say it. I know Sather is not well, but who allowed this deal? You send off one of your biggest scoring threats, for a guy on IR, and some other dude and a 6th rounder?

      Do the Rangers realize they sent Gaborik to a guy who next year is IN YOUR OWN DIVISION!

      • 950003cups - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:43 PM

        oops….. should read: Do the Rangers realize they sent Gaborik to a team who next year is IN YOUR OWN DIVISION!

  2. jdrew506 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Wow does this mean the Rangers are throwing in the towel on this season?

    • DED - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Sure seems that way.

    • tfaltin - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      How? By trading an under-achieving a possibly hurting formerly elite scorer? The players the Rangers got fit the system better. Brassards underrated for what he does, Moore is a former first round defenseman to round out the D depth, and Dorsett will help in the playoffs. The Rangers wanted their depth back and got it. If you stack up the last two deals:

      Nash vs Gabby – Rangers win
      Brassard v Duby – slight Rangers win
      Dorsett v Anisimov – CBJ win
      Moore vs Erixon – TBD, tie.
      6th round pick vs 1st round pick – Big Columbus win.

      It’s a pretty close deal. Gabby can only do one thing, and he wasn’t doing it very well this year. Wish him the best in Columbus, his effort never was a question.

      • valoisvipers - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        Things must be real bad in the Ranger’s dressing room for Gabby to accept a trade to CBJ. Anywhere to get away from Torts, I guess.

      • calithirteen - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:32 PM

        starting to make me wonder if what Avery tweeted about torts is ringing true. Gabby could of rejected this deal but opted to leave NYC for Columbus? How bad are things w/ Torts in the locker room? I have now watched 3 high caliber goal scorers struggle to score under Torts’ system. Not good.

      • cpbialois - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:43 AM

        I love Gabby, but he plays in streaks. He’s had one great game this year against Boston and the rest are like he wasn’t there. While part of it is Tort’s system, the other part is no one seemed able to develop chemistry with Gabby as they never knew what they’d get each night. Even on the line with Richards and Nash he was often invisible.

        I agree that the Rangers got some much needed depth and judging from their game last night against Pittsburgh, they looked far more fluid and competitive than at any time this year. I wish Gabby the best, but I put him in the Mike Gartner category. He can score, just not in crunch time. Time will tell how good a trade this was.

  3. mclovinhockey - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:42 PM


  4. mattybo - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    *former sniper

    He hasn’t shown a lot since his shoulder surgery but if this goes through I wish him the best. His scoring troubles haven’t been lack of effort, I think his multiple injuries and surgery have taken a lot of gas out of his shot and we have speed with Hagelin and Kreider.

  5. hanktheking - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Brassard, Dorsett and John Moore back (Moore was their first rounder in 2009)

    I love this move. Brassard was also a former first, we lost WAY too much depth when acquiring Nash and have gotten a lot of it back with this move and Clowe. Gaborik has scored 2 times in the last 22 games.

  6. brainoflindros - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Would you waive your NTC to go to COLUMBUS!!!!
    Just ask Nash…

    • blackfoot11 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      To get as far away from Torts as possible. New surroundings might help his game.

    • barkar942 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      Rick Nash would be extremely happy to be in Columbus now, given that JD is now running the show and is making great moves in the organization’s management (getting rid of their prior GM) and rejuvenating the team’s roster.
      Gaborik’s time in NY was, I feel, to be over with a buyout in July. Now, he hopefully can help Columbus make the playoffs.

  7. jdrew506 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Hockeywithdrawal, alittle off topic however i just wanted to say I think you are the most levelheaded and most hockey knowelgable penguins fan on here. And even though we differ on teams and opinions, I do respect you opinion on hockey matters.

    • pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      I see how things are lol

  8. nicknyhc - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Wow Glen Sather….just wow.

    Give away a guy who scored 43 goals last year for 3 nobodies. Why don’t you try firing your idiot coach instead. I’d love to see any of these three break the 40 goal mark with Torts coaching.

  9. biffnasty - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:49 PM


  10. nicknyhc - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    This just in! The Rangers are now 31st in the league in scoring!

    Good job Torts! Maybe we can break the record for most shots blocked in a single season. Who needs a Stanley Cup?

  11. hockeyflow33 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    In my mind Manhattan or Columbus is a no brainer but I’ve never been in Columbus so maybe it’s not so bad

  12. jakreidler - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    You know what’s even funnier than Scott Howson refusing to trade Rick Nash within his division only to be realigned to a division with the Rangers? This.

  13. watchfullhose - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Looks like Nash’s old teammates are following him to NYC. This should go well.

    • nicknyhc - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      As a Ranger’s fan I’d rather not have The New York Blue Jackets.

      • jakreidler - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        Blue shirts? Blue jackets? I just can’t tell anymore!

  14. sportsfreak13 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    So the rangers whose biggest problem this season is scoring have traded Gaborik for some grit and a future d-man. Then to top things off they trade for Clowe who has 0 goals so far this season. Not really addressing their needs with these trades are they.

    • calithirteen - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      its true the goal scoring is a major problem but this team has no check line at all. Losing Rupp, Prust, n Dubinski really hurt this team.

    • cpbialois - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      Clowe scored twice last night and the team looked far more fluid and together than at any time this season. I remember people (myself included) saying the same thing in 94. Time will tell.

  15. buckeye044 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Good day for C-bus, all this action and still have 3 first round picks.

  16. jdrew506 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Sorry pitpenguin only have enough room for one penguins fan on my bandwagon. Lol. You are not too bad either though if that makes you feel better

  17. letsgopens8771 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Rangers also get 6th rounder from Columbus. Looking back on this deal, NYR really gouged Columbus in this trade. Still, the Jackets made significant progress and are serious about a playoff run.

  18. valoisvipers - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    So nobody wants Bobby Lou and his rotten contract.
    Is anyone surprised?
    So if nobody wants him, what are his chances of playing for Team Canada?
    Oh maybe they will want someone to sit on the bench wearing a baseball cap.

  19. nashernation - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    We got rid of the 8 million cap hit by moving Gaborik and got some players in return. Lets face it Ranger fans Gaborik has not been the same since the shoulder surgery. I like the move.

  20. rich859 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Renewing my CBJ season tickets today.

    • contraryguy - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      I’ll have to ask my buddy with the seat licenses whether he is doing the same; he was very discouraged at the start of the year, almost didn’t re-up. The trade sounds good on the CBJ side, Brassard is something of a mystery, Dorsett is a 4th line fighter and Moore… well I hate to see Moore go. Jarma must think Ryan Murray will be coming up healthy soon.

      Going to be weird seeing all these guys in different unis next year!

  21. DED - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Cap space wasn’t going to be an issue next year. Drury and Redden’s cap hits (combined for $7.2 million) were coming off the books. And it’s not like they were going to keep the $3.5 million Hamrlik.

  22. fabdeezy77 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Why don’t we just blame everything on torts,and not hold players accountable anymore. Sounds fair. Stop overreacting its goin to be okay.

  23. cameltoews - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    This is a good trade for the rangers. We were buying out Gaborik this summer so why not get 3 young players with a lot of upside and a pick in return. Brassard is a good player who has just as many points as gabby. I don’t know why so many of you don’t like this trade. It seems like you guys are like the old rangers and all you want is star power. Sometimes that isn’t the best thing for a team (see Montreal)

  24. jkay1818 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Coming from a die hard Rangers fan, it baffles me to see other ranger fans the past few days talking crap. Do you guys watch other teams aside from just the NYR? IM so tired of seeing “he has zero goals! we dont score” scoring isnt our only issue. We have (well had) zero depth which we had a ton of last yr, with the exception of a few, we have zero grit and toughness, thanks to injuries to sauer, staal and the departures of scott, prust, even dubinsky, rupp, bickel, etc. Prust was a HUGE loss and Clowe addresses that but adds more of a scoring touch. Yes, he has 0 goals, but he hits, he fights heavyweights and he is a really good postseason performer and scorer. He was an absolute necessity. He matches the Rangers persona of last yr. I know it’s tough for a lot of you to watch west coast hockey living out east, but he’s good. This gaborik trade was a no brainer, they shed 7.5mm a yr, comes in handy with the lower cap and guys due money in the next few yrs. Stop being a walking contradiction some of you. Every post “gaborik sucks, he cant score, hes useless, hes still hurt” he is a sniper but he’s also VERY streaky and he’s also SOFT! he loses every 50/50 battle, even with his speed, he is poor defensively and he doesnt have that same burst up the middle or carrying the puck. He waits by the blue line with his feet not moving and catches passes, big deal. Bressard is young, he has the same amt of pts as gaborik and now he is playing with more talented guys. Columbus was doing well this yr due to depth, which he added to. Dorsett when he comes back brings another heavyweight to the roster and adds to their grit and moore is a major upgrade over hamrlik and eminger, especially with staal due back in april. The rangers addressed needs at depth and toughness. They are last in goals with gaborik and they can be last without him, and they save money and get young guys.

    • nicknyhc - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      If they can’t score with a guy who was 3rd in the league in goals last year who can they score with? If they can’t score with Nash, Richards, Stepan, and Callahan who can they pick up to score with? The talent is there already. The results are not.

      The problem is Torts’ system. He’s trying to force this ultra conservative dump and chase system on a team that isn’t built for it anymore. Look at the amount of speed in the Ranger’s lineup this year. Gaborik can skate 60 MPH, Hagelin won the fastest skater competition last year, Kreider is arguably as fast as Haglin, Nash, etc. This team can outright fly, they shouldn’t be dumping and chasing and pinned up against the halfboards in the offensive zone.

      Gaborik wasn’t scoring because Torts’ system wasn’t affording him the opportunities to score. I’m not making excuses for players, but coaches also need to be accountable. If it isn’t working STOP DOING IT. Torts has to have everything his way all the time even if its apparent to everyone else that its not the right way.

      Combine his stubbornness with his personality conflicts with players i.e. Avery, Gaborik, Wolski, Kredier, etc and its no surprise this team hasn’t been as successful as it could have the last couple of years. Now as we approach the end of the season and the Rangers are fighting for their lives it seems as if Torts wants an entire new team to force his stupid system on, rather than getting the memo and switching his system.

      Oh my system isn’t working? Ok well lets bring back Kreider. Still not working? How about we bring Miller up? Still not working? Trade Rupp and get Halpern and Powell. That’s not it? Ok get rid of Halpern. Last in the league in scoring? Pick up Clowe. Out of a playoff spot? Ditch Gaborik.

      He wants an entire new roster when HE is the problem.

  25. kangarooparm - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Longtime ranger fan. Sometimes it’s just time to go. Gabby fits that category. Been a non factor for a long time. Brassard has potential to be real good.

  26. adge84 - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    I agree as a rangers fan I don’t mind this. Got some young talent and made a bunch of cap space getting rid of his contract. There are a bunch of young good rangers coming to the ends of their contracts who are due for a big raise and shipping gaborik frees up the space to resign him. Deal works nicely for both teams I like it more than the clowe trade. Not because I dislike clowe but solely because we gave up way to much to get him. Sather needs to take a page from the shero book and learn to lowball teams a bit.

  27. jets4gold - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    can’t believe we traded him. don’t know much on Clowe but Gaborik was another big part of the team last year. can’t blame it on a half season because I am sure he will still end up woth more goals than this clowe guy. not sure what they are trying here but this is a huge step back

    • jkay1818 - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      awesome, too bad they didnt trade gaborik for clowe.

  28. bleedbluebaby - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Before the acquisition of Clowe, I was one of the Gabby betrayers ready for him to be out the door to save the cap space and bring in younger, more physical, and more “hungry” forwards/defensemen. Now that we have acquired Clowe I was interested to see if that made a difference in Gabby’s game but now that he’s gone, I’ll never know. Personally, I love both trades yesterday and today when you think about it in more detail. Rangers still have Nash, Richards, Callahan, Stephan, etc for scoring. They added Clowe to fill the void Prust, Dubinsky, and Rupp left behind; And now, the addition of the D-men for added depth brings the Rangers significantly closer to the winning recipe of players they had last year. The only problem is the time left in the season. They have less than a month to figure out how to mesh together and secure a playoff spot. GL Rangers. #LGR #BleedBlue

  29. DED - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    After this trade, only 6 of the Rangers current 13 forwards (as per CapGeek) were on the team last year: Callahan, Richards, Stepan, Hagelin, Boyle, and Zuccarello (and he just came back from overseas). That’s a lot of turnover.

    • stakex - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      No doubt that the amount of turnover, especially with a short season and virtually no camp, has hurt the Rangers this year.

  30. pwilson264 - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    as much as it may hurt losing Gabby, what has he produced this year on the ice. also for next yr would you rather have Gabby, or the cap space to keep are younger core.

    • nyrnashty - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:35 PM

      Can’t judge anyone on a half season!

  31. stakex - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Let me just say that I wish the Rangers had kept Gaborik, I really do. When hes hot, hes as dangerous as anyone… and the Rangers are hurting for goals.

    With that said, I’m not actually a big Gaborik fan since more times then not hes annoying to watch. He might score in bunches, but he also vanishes for weeks at a time. Even when he is scoring, hes very very weak on the puck. All it takes is a little bit of a bump and Gaborik is out of the play, and its painful to see an NHL player whos that weak and heartless sometimes.

    Also, the trade has a secondary purpose, clear cap space. The Rangers have three players to re-sign this year that they absolutely want to keep: Stepan, Hagelin, and McDonagh. With Gaborik, they would have had $57 million on the cap next year spent on only 17 players. That would have left just $7 million to re-sign them… which wouldn’t have been nearly enough since all three will be getting big raises over their entry level deals. Now, they have plenty of cap space.

    This trade might not help the Rangers this year, but it certainly helps them keep their young core together going into the future. Id take Stepan, Hagelin, and McDonagh over Gaborik any day of the week.

  32. nyrnashty - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    We moved a 2013 2nd and 3rd for Clowe, but couldn’t get back a 2013 1st and 2nd for Gaborik? At least two 2nd round picks one this year and next WTF! I read other Ranger fans talking about how these players fit our system better lol what system is that blocking shots and making Lundqvist win every game for us? This “system” will never win us a cup. Instead of finding players that fit with Gaborik we trade him because we have way too many grinders on the team that can’t play with him except for a few players. People are basing Gaboriks lack of production on a half season. Look around this year there are plenty of players not producing that should be and players that shouldn’t be producing having their best seasons. Can’t judge anyone on a half season. Unless we make a deal at the draft we’re not selecting until the 4th round in a really good draft haha. Well done Sather! Good teams don’t sit around and block shots all day and expect their goalie to win them games. That maybe get you a couple of playoff round wins like last year tops. See the Hasek led Buffalo teams. He didn’t get to win a cup until he went to the Wings. Don’t be surprised when Lundqvist leaves at the end of his contract to pursue a cup somewhere else. The man deserves one and the Rangers will never win it for him. Pick your second teams now for this years playoffs Ranger fans!

  33. nashernation - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    There’s no way that, Mr.Softee, Gabby was going to help us win a cup. I agree with JayKs post. Sather dumped a huge cap hit with this move. He brought a superstar in his prime in a steal of a trade and added an offensive defenseman with loads of upside. Draft picks in the NHL aren’t nearly as important as the NFL. We have a young core with a few superstars mixed in. Great job Sather! Clowe move was a great move as well.

  34. nyrnashty - Apr 3, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    My 8:12 pm update: WTF lol

  35. multiplemiggs - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Funny how quickly you rags fans jump on and off the bandwagons…12 hours ago you would SWEAR Gaborik would bring you guys to a Cup. Now its ok hes gone hahah what tools

    • nicknyhc - Apr 5, 2013 at 6:16 AM

      Yes because PHT fans that comment on here obviously make trades for the Rangers.

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