New York Rangers trade Marian Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets
New York shipped Gaborik to the Blue Jackets after he agreed to waive his no-trade clause in exchange for three players and a draft pick.
The deal was first reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger and later confirmed by Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen.
A talented player with an injury-plagued past, Gaborik was twice a 40-goal scorer for the Rangers. He netted 42 in his first season with the club, 2009-10, and 41 a season ago. He scored five goals during the Rangers’ playoff run in 2012, including a triple-overtime game-winner against the Capitals.
But Gaborik never seemed to find a consistent rhythm during the lockout-shortened season. He recorded a hat trick in the Rangers’ first victory, an overtime win over the Bruins on Jan. 23. Two games later, on Jan. 26, he scored twice and added two assists. In the 30 games since then, Gaborik tallied just four goals.
Head coach John Tortorella shuffled Gaborik through different line combinations throughout the season, at times placing the winger in the doghouse and at others giving him prime minutes. The two had an apparently rocky rapport during Gaborik’s four-year tenure with the club.
The move also allows New York to shed Gaborik’s $7.5 million cap hit through next season, according to NHL.com.
The Rangers, last in the NHL in goals scored, received forwards Derick Brassard and Derek Dorsett, defenseman Ryan Moore and a sixth-round draft pick.
Brassard, a 25-year-old center, has seven goals and 11 assists in 34 games. He scored 14 goals a season ago, and 17 in 2010-11.
Dorsett, 26, is out for the rest of the regular season with a broken collarbone, but he could return for the playoffs, according to NHL.com.
Moore, 22, was taken No. 21 overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Blue Jackets, two picks after the Rangers selected Chris Kreider. Moore has played 17 games this season.
New York acquired Ryane Clowe from the Sharks on Tuesday.