Rangers acquire Rick Nash from Columbus
Monday afternoon, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced that they had dealt the star right winger, along with minor league minor league defensemen Steven Delisle and a conditional 2013 third-round draft pick, to the New York Rangers in exchange for forwards Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky, defenseman Tim Erixon, and New York’s 2013 first-round draft pick.
The deal brings to a close a whirlwind few months for Nash, who announced in February that he had asked Columbus management for a trade; the Rangers aggressively pursued him ahead of the NHL’s trading deadline, but were unable to strike a deal, even though they were one of the few teams that Nash (who has a no-trade clause in his contract) had approved a deal to.
The 28-year-old forward played in all 82 games for the Jackets last season, tallying 30 goals and 29 assists and serving as their captain. He has scored 289 goals his nine-year NHL career, and has netted 30 or more in seven of those seasons.
Nash is entering the third year of the eight-year, $62.4 million deal he signed with Columbus in 2010, and the average annual value of the remainder of that contract ($7.8 million per year, which is also his salary cap number) also instantly makes him the highest-paid player on the Rangers.
Along with Nash, the Rangers get Delisle, a 22-year-old blueliner who made his AHL debut in 2011-12, playing six games with the Springfield Falcons. He also played six games with the Fort Wayne Komets of the CHL after spending most of the previous four years in the QMJHL.
As for the Jackets’ haul, Dubinsky, 26, scored a career-high 24 goals and 30 assists for the Rangers in 2010-11 but dropped to career-lows of 10 goals and 34 points last season, while the 24-year-old Anisimov had 46 goals in three seasons as a Ranger (including 16 last year).
The 21 year-old Erixon, who is from Port Chester, N.Y., made his NHL debut last season, notching two assists and eight penalty minutes in 18 games; he also had three goals, 30 assists, and 42 PIM in 52 games with the AHL’s Connecticut Whale.
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