After months of posturing, disgruntled Columbus captain Rick Nash has been traded to the New York Rangers. Between the work of TSN and the Columbus Dispatch, we learned Nash was dealt for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a first-round pick. A third-round pick and a minor-leaguer will be going from Columbus back to the Rangers.
Count me in the underwhelmed category.
Columbus GM Scott Howson has had his hands tied by Nash's approved teams list on this whole deal, no doubt. But if this was haul he was going to get for the face of his franchise, he should have made the deal a long time ago. He probably could have gotten more at the trade deadline and he certainly could have gotten at least this at the draft in Pittsburgh.
Ultimately, both the BlueJackets and Nash needed to cut bait and move on. And the Rangers got away without parting with Michael Del Zotto, Derek Stepan or Chris Krieder. Pretty slick on their part.
I've never been a big Nash guy. He's got exactly one 70-point season in his career. He's not a superstar player, no matter what everyone says. But he's a top-6 forward and the Rangers certainly needed another one of those. They were two games away from the Stanley Cup final last year and the offense was a big issue.
Nash will certainly help. But let's not forget: Nash has not won a single playoff game in his career. He's hardly going to put New York over the top on his own.
It was just time to get this whole thing over with. Now the world can move on to Shane Doan, with the Rangers apparently interested in him as well. So are the Sabres. And the Red Wings, Flyers and Penguins. Good luck to Darcy Regier on that front. Especially since Doan's preference is clearly to stay in Phoenix if ownership issues are solved (the Sabres, remember, were not on Nash's list of approved teams).
Still stands to reason Bobby Ryan would be a better choice for Buffalo if Regier could pull that off. But he's known to favor Philadelphia, which will certainly go all-in on Ryan if it doesn't land Shea Weber.