Official announcement of the Rick Nash deal


from the NYR:

Send Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, and a first round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft to Columbus

NEW YORK, July 23, 2012 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired forward Rick Nash, defenseman Steven Delisle and a conditional third round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft from Columbus in exchange for forwards Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky, defenseman Tim Erixon and a first round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Nash, 28, is the co-winner of the 2004 Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the League’s goal-scoring leader, and a two-time 40-goal scorer (2003-04, 2008-09).  The first overall pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft is a five-time NHL All-Star (2003-04, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11) and a two-time Olympian (2006, 2010) with Canada.  He was also awarded the NHL Foundation Player Award following the 2008-09 season, in recognition of his outstanding work in the community.

Nash has skated in 674 career regular season contests in nine seasons with Columbus, registering 289 goals and 258 assists for 547 points, along with 568 penalty minutes.  He departs Columbus as the franchise’s all-time leader in several statistical categories, including: games played (674), goals (289), assists (258), points (547), power play goals (83), power play points (182), game-winning goals (44), shorthanded goals (14), hat tricks (five), shots on goal (2,278), multi-goal games (46), and multi-point games (136).

Nash is one of eight players in the NHL all-time to register 40 or more goals as a teenager, and became the youngest goal-scoring leader in League history after tallying a career-high, 41 goals, in 2003-04 at the age of 19 years, 291 days.  He established career-highs in assists and points during the 2008-09 season, registering 40 goals and 39 assists for 79 points in 78 games.  He also posted career-highs in plus/minus rating (plus-11), shorthanded goals (five) and shorthanded points (six) that season.  In addition, Nash has registered three points (one goal, two assists) in four career playoff contests.

The Brampton, Ontario native registered 30 goals and 29 assists for 59 points, along with 40 penalty minutes in a career-high, 82 games last season.  He led Columbus in goals, points, power play goals (six), power play assists (13), and power play points (19), and ranked second on the Blue Jackets in assists.  He also led the team and ranked fourth in the NHL with 306 shots on goal.  Nash posted 14 multi-point performances, including five multi-goal efforts, and recorded 12 points (six goals, six assists) in the final 10 games of the season.  He notched his 30th goal in the season finale on April 7 vs. the New York Islanders, marking the fifth consecutive season and seventh overall he has reached the 30-goal plateau.

Selected with the first overall pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Nash entered the League immediately as an 18 year old, registering 17 goals and 22 assists for 39 points, along with 78 penalty minutes and 16 power play points in 74 games during the 2002-03 season.  He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team and voted as a Calder Memorial Trophy finalist, as the NHL’s rookie of the year.  He also participated in the NHL YoungStars Game during the NHL All-Star Weekend, registering two goals and one assist for the Western Conference team.

Nash notched a goal while making his NHL debut on October 10, 2002 vs. Chicago, becoming just the eighth No. 1 overall draft pick to score in his first career game and the first to score in his first game in his draft year since Mario Lemieux in 1984.

Internationally, Nash has represented his native Canada in several tournaments.  He captured a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, registering two goals and three assists for five points in seven games.  In 2007, he was named tournament MVP at the World Championship after recording 11 points (six goals, five assists) and a plus-eight rating in nine games to help Canada win the gold medal.

Nash has also captured two silver medals at the World Championships, in 2005 and 2008.  He led all tournament skaters in goals (nine) and ranked second in points (15) en route to being named to the All-Tournament Team in 2005.  In 2008, he registered 13 points (six goals, seven assists) and a plus-nine rating in nine games, and was named to the All-Tournament Team for the third time.

Delisle, 21, split last season between the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League (AHL) and the Chicago Express of the ECHL.  He made his professional debut with Springfield (AHL) on October 8 at Albany, and skated in six AHL contests.

Delisle spent the majority of the season in Chicago (ECHL), where he registered one goal and three assists, along with 20 penalty minutes in 38 games.  He made his ECHL debut on November 4 against Cincinnati, and tallied his first ECHL point with an assist on November 9 at Toledo.  Delisle recorded three points in a three-game span beginning with an assist on March 24 against Kalamazoo and concluding with his first career multi-point effort on March 28 against Cincinnati (one goal, one assist).  His goal in the March 28 contests was Delisle’s first career ECHL goal.

Prior to turning professional, Delisle skated in 253 career contests over four seasons with the Gatineau Olympiques and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), registering 17 goals and 83 assists for 100 points, along with 300 penalty minutes.  He established QMJHL career-highs in assists (25) and points (30) with Gatineau during the 2008-09 season, while setting a career-high in goals (six) the prior season.  In addition, Delisle tallied three goals and 16 assists for 19 points, along with 43 penalty minutes in 45 career QMJHL playoff games with Gatineau and Rouyn-Noranda.

The Levis, Quebec native was originally selected by Columbus as a fourth round choice, 107th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Anisimov, 24, skated in 79 games with the Rangers last season, registering 16 goals and 20 assists for 36 points, along with 34 penalty minutes.  In three seasons with New York, he has recorded 46 goals and 62 assists for 108 points, along with 86 penalty minutes in 244 career regular season contests.

The Yaroslavl, Russia native was originally selected by the Rangers as a second round choice, 54th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Dubinsky, 26, skated in 77 games with the Rangers last season, registering 10 goals and 24 assists for 34 points, along with 110 penalty minutes.  In five seasons with New York, he has recorded 81 goals and 132 assists for 213 points, along with 457 penalty minutes in 393 career regular season contests.

The Anchorage, Alaska native was originally selected by the Rangers as a second round choice, 60th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Erixon, 21, skated in 52 games with the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, registering three goals and 30 assists for 33 points, along with 42 penalty minutes.  He also tallied two assists in 18 games with the Rangers.

The Port Chester, New York native was acquired by the Rangers along with a fifth round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft (Shane McColgan) from the Calgary Flames, in exchange for forward Roman Horak and two second round picks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft (Markus Granlund, Tyler Wotherspoon).  He was originally selected by Calgary as a first round choice, 23rd overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.


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  1. Does Nash have a twitter?

    Imagine if he’s like DZ and Richards combined with his tweets.

  2. bull dog line on

    when healthy,
    Kreider, Richards, Gabby.
    Nash, Stepan, Cally.
    Hagelin, Boyle, Pyatt,
    Halpern, and Asham on 4th with tbd.

  3. How’d like us now, Mr. Holmgren? Get ready universe – Weber or not, here it comes.

  4. Pyatt to the 4th line and one of the kids makes the team out of camp, completing the 3rd line.

  5. Tim Erixon, who refused to sign after being drafted by the Flames because he only wanted to play in New York, now has to go play in Columbus, the Calgary of America.

  6. both nhl home ice guys like th deal from columbus because this was the only deal they were going to get. howson was never going to get his asking price so this was the best deal howson could get

  7. Anisimov is a nice, funny, maybe immature kid. Dubinsky is much more cocky, but not a bad guy. I thought both were better defensively and away from the puck than offensively and with it, though I also thought both could get better if the bulb ever goes on.

    I like the way Dubinsky stood in there for teammates. And I think now with him and Prust gone — two guys who could play top-nine minutes, the Rangers are a little weaker in that department, because Asham and Rupp can’t play top-nine and Haley can’t play at all.

  8. maloney take

    with dubi arty prust feds all gone that was the big part of the core from the team with the identity the rangers play and have. he says that for a team that overacheived last year he DOESNT think nash puts them over the top. he thinks rangers may have tinkered too much with a roster that was growing and the chemistry developed. compared it to the barry beck trade in 79

  9. Carp,
    That is why Doan may be the next signing by Sather. Brooks may have been on to something…

  10. bull dog line on

    good point about losing toughness with the trade of Dubi. that may be hard to replace. do you think Torts thinks about changing the style of play to more of a safe is death style. the top 6 has potential to be very good, when healthy.

  11. As I said yesterday, Doan makes a lot of sense to me … but not for more than two years. The money the first year is irrelevant.

  12. And, those 3rd line/cops/Prusts are easy to find. Maybe not as useful as Prust or Dubi, but cheaper. I am not to concerned about that.

  13. eric, he’s the only one of the four though that has only been over 40 once in that time and has had a decreasing total each of the last four years.

  14. I really think the simple “more goals equals more better” hides the defensive aspect, the depth aspect and the toughness aspect that Carp alluded to. I’m not nearly as pissed off by this trade as I expected to be, but I still don’t think it was ideal.

  15. If I were Doan, I would sign a big $$$ one year deal. If the Coyotes get straightened out, he could have the option to go back. Win-win for everybody

  16. I agreed with Maloney (actually said it a few minutes before he did) about the toughness issue. Disagree with him on the Barry Beck trade. He has obvious reasons to have disliked it … he lost some friends on a close-knit team that had just gone to the finals, and he eventually lost his “C” to Beck. But I maintain that if Beck had remained healthy, that would have been a great deal for the NYR. And I think this is a good deal for these NYR.

  17. Gravy, Swedish Meatballs with Noodles and on

    There could be some truth to what Maloney says – only time will tell – when you look at the moves collectively. But, taken on a 1 by 1 basis, Sather made the right moves. Arguably, you could have kept Feds around for only $350k more, but Prust was overpaid, and the Nash deal is, worst-case, fair.

  18. Are we really talking about losing toughness with Dubi…lol that’s funny right there.
    I’ll miss him getting rag dolled .

  19. maloney interview over he wasnt sold on this deal is very concerned the chemistry issues with whats been lost could be a problem. they are comparing to when blackhwaks had to dismantle team after cup.

  20. Johnny, that’s ridiculous. You have to be blind to have not seen the way Dubinsky stood up for teammates, and the way he fought some really tough guys (Tostitos) when he had to.

  21. bull dog line on

    the problem with the Beck trade was that at the time the Rangers did not have the depth to replace the forwards they traded. this trade, the Rangers gave up 2 forwards from a crowded position, and got 1 back. still leaves the Rangers ( at NHL level) with enough forwards.

  22. Dubi is tough? Id have to dissagree with that one. Dubi had some grit, but I don’t even know if i would qualify him as a grinder.

  23. The other problem with the Beck trade was that the 79 Rangers were a fluke, not a legit contender. So people expected too much.

  24. ThisYearsModel on

    Great deal by Sather….much as I hate to type the words “great” and “Sather” in the same sentence. Good luck to 2 good kids, Dubi and Anisimov. Adding Nash and THE KREIDER should significantly upgrade the goal scoring on this team. Can Nash handle the pressure of the media and the Garden…….and TORTS if he gets off to a slow start? We shall see.

  25. really, Don Maloney, the same guy who once worked for the icelanders and killed the organization, the same guy who was blowing draft picks left and right for the rangers until replaced by Gordie Clark. Who cares what Maloney has to say.

  26. now all we need is for Rupp to be bought out and the 2013-14 season will be amazing

  27. Yea Carp, Imo Dubi two greatest assets where his speed and penalty killing. I did admire him sticking up for his teamates, but he’s just really not tough in my book. When he was working along the board he wasn’t using his body so much as he was outskating the opposition.

    Not bad work ethic at all, but he lacked the 6th sense scorers like Richards have.

  28. Carp July 23rd, 2012 at 4:32 pm
    Uh, that was Dave Maloney, tommy.

    oops, I apoligize. I’ll go sit in the corner now.

  29. bull dog line on

    the Rangers will miss Dubi, but trading him for Nash is worth it. do not think they will miss AA, or Erixon.

  30. Don’t dump of my Beck!! At least this trade has maintained, if not upped my favorite team quotient….:)

  31. Gravy, Swedish Meatballs with Noodles and on

    You can question how Dubi used his skills, had trouble finishing, and disappeared from the scoresheet for weeks, but hard to question his guts and work ethic.

  32. I dont think the Rangers lost much toughness in this trade. Dubi is tough but struggled to score too much for what his role was, and Artie was not tough to play against at all. The serious questions go back more to guys like Prust and Feds (would not say Mitchell because he I think is very replaceable). I think Pyatt is better than either of those guys but would have preferred they keep Prusty.

  33. LOL….If Dubinsky wasn’t tough, he would have been gone A LONG TIME ago…

    Guy always stuck up for teammates…always…can’t take that away from him…

  34. there is no doubt the rangers have lost some grit and definately defense, dubi and prust were really good penalty killers not to mention were willing to drop the gloves. Basically we lost Dubi and AA and gained Nash and Kreider. The rangers have gained goal scoring but lose defnsively.

  35. missed something here…

    thought the Rangers were sitting at just over $15 million in cap space prior to this deal and are now just over $13 million. According to Capgeek however, cap hits of Dubinsky, Anisimov and Erixon: $7.825M and the cap hit of Nash: $7.8M, so where did the extra money go?

  36. Gravy, Swedish Meatballs with Noodles and on

    Who’s killing penalties next year? Boyle-Cally is one set. Halpern can be used there. Hagelin killed some, but still needs to learn.

  37. Exciting times.

    Really respected Dubi and Artie as players and as athletes/individuals, but I still see this as a good move in the great scheme of things. Nash is elite by every standard and it is what Nash brings to the table that NYR has been lacking, badly. Big, strong sniper on 1st or 2nd line? Yes, please.

    I think you need to always stay clear of both emotion and pure numbers in these deals and simply ask, in a careful manner, does this team have greater potential than last years? I say yes now, and if the Doan deal gets done, I say NYR is a contender (a real one). Remember; Hagelin, Kreider, McD, MDZ, Staal, Cally, Step. That is more young talent than many teams have over several seasons.

  38. Gravy, Swedish Meatballs with Noodles and on

    Lloyd, Erixon didn’t count against the big club’s cap in that $15M.

  39. Gravy,

    Ah thanks. So would have if he made the big club whenever next season starts but didn’t count as of this moment?

  40. Nah im not saying he didn’t have guts or some grit, but toughness? Im just responding to Carps post about losing some toughness.

  41. Gravy, Swedish Meatballs with Noodles and on

    Stepan was so-so last year and not very good on draws.

    I think Semin, coupled with these other losses/gains would essentially destroy the identity this team had last year. Doan fits the mold perfectly, but I say it’s him or bust.

  42. almost had it right. I thought weeks ago that the trade would be Dubi, Erixon, Thomas and a #1 pick. they substituted AA for Thomas, and that is fine with me.

  43. for some reason I have a feeling Semin will end up back with the caps and doan will either sign with Phoenix or one of the teams in the west.

  44. Gravy, Swedish Meatballs with Noodles and on

    That’s my understanding.

    Lloyd Braun July 23rd, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Ah thanks. So would have if he made the big club whenever next season starts but didn’t count as of this moment?

  45. Gravy, Swedish Meatballs with Noodles and on

    Let me clarify that I meant Stepan was so-so on the PK.

  46. Dave Maloney will take it all back. Criticism of Slats, even though Dave doesn’t directly work for him, is a death sentence for a tangential gray goose like him. And, his comments on Beck sound like sour grapes to me.

  47. Fair trade, if slightly skewed to Columbus. They get 30+ goals in two young forwards essentially matching Nash’s production plus a D prospect and a 1st round pick (which could be worthless – never know).

    Rangers take on more risk having the 30+ goals in one pair of hands, on a longer contract and they lose any potential upside on the traded players which I don’t think is much in the case of Dubinsky and Anisimov – who knows with Erixon and the draft pick. The only added kicker is that Nash can dominate a game, something you’d never say about the others.

    I’m not that sad about Dubinsky, despite him being homegrown. He always struck me as overly cocky and it was fairly obvious from the smack talk on the ice that opposing players thought the same. Plus he was a penalty machine.

    There is no way you can say this was highway robbery by Sather. It’s a very fair trade.

  48. Carp
    I don’t have time to read all the comments today but I was wondering if you posted your initial thoughts on the trade.
    Personally I think its a pretty good deal. We didn’t give up the core at all in my book…
    Did Howsen reconsider the offer? Did Sather pull of another great trade?

  49. bull dog line on

    don’t agree about Stepan, do agree about Semin. that is why I said it would be a gamble.

  50. So you guys are really comfortable with having to dress 2 of the following 3 players every night?

    Asham, Haley, or Rupp?

  51. And for the record, I’m not against this trade, but it’s not lopsided. Some of you are overrating that by a ton.

  52. big chunks of this blog considered humps like Dubinsky and Prust, “the heart and soul of this team,” now they’re both gone and we’ve got many of the same people saying the core has been left untouched. you guys sure have fickle tastes.

  53. i seriously think that we will miss Dubi! He was a beast in the corners and added a lot to this team even with the down production.

  54. want no part of Semin. not only did Crawford rip him, but more importantly, his former Wash teammate Matt Bradley said in a radio interview last year that ex-teammate Alexander Semin “just doesn’t care,” and that the Russian sniper didn’t show up when Washington needed him in the playoffs.

  55. Give Dubs kudos for sticking up for teammates, but he also used to get his butt kicked; he scared nobody.

    Certainly the Rangers are still lacking in some sort of power forward that can drop the mittens, especially in the eastern conference. But I don’t think they lost much in this trade.

    Taking Dubs and AA out of the lineup clears room for Miller and Kreider to play. This also gives someone for Step to pass to.

    I don’t see this affecting chemistry with the defense intact; Prust and Feds were already gone.

  56. I share Maloney’s concerns. You don’t blow up a roster that almost made the finals. Now the Rangers have ditched Prust, Mitchell, Anisimov, Dubinsky, Fedotenko. I’m just wondering if they tweaked a bit too much. And I also wonder whether Nash is going to be even three-quarters of the player that many assume he will be.

  57. Carp, Avery did the same thing. Toughness and willingness are two very different characteristics.

  58. you could throw a dart and find players better than most of those guys, let’s be real

  59. The core of this team is McD, Staal, Girardi, Cally, Hank, DelZ, Step, Kreider, Gabs and now RIchards and Nash.

    Not bad.

  60. I think Dubi will be a good asset for Columbus. He can kill penalties. He’s tough and hard working. Plus, I think he’ll score more than the 10 he got last season. Anisimov is a guy that can’t play on special teams, isn’t tough and wasn’t all that great on faceoffs when he played center. Even though it’s possible that he could develop into a better player it looks like average is about all he’ll be. Erixon is a toss-up. With a season in the AHL he may be ready to take the next step like MDZ did after his stint with the Whale. Or, he could just be the second coming of Gilroy.

    Bottom line, the Rangers got what they needed in a skilled scorer and really only gave up one valuable asset in Dubi. Although, if AA and Erixon improve in the next couple of years there will be people that have a very different outlook on this trade.

  61. Doesn’t the trade also open up opportunities for players like Thomas, Bourque etc etc?

  62. ” they are comparing to when blackhwaks had to dismantle team after cup.”

    That’s a very different situation. The Hawks lost much more than the Rangers have. Versteeg, Byfuglien, Niemi, Ladd, Sopel, Madden, Eager, Burish, and Fraser. And they didn’t even really bring in any pieces (besides 3rd and 4th liners) to make up for them.

    The Rangers have lost Dubi, Anisimov, Prust, Fedotenko, and Miller, but have added Rick Nash (in addition to 3rd and 4th liners). That’s a big difference.

    The big loss is in toughness among the top 9 forwards.

  63. a roster with Richards, Gaborik, Nash and Kreider now has some offensive firepower to go along with the defensive tight game they already played last season.

  64. Just listened to Dregger on the fan. I agree with him and said it during last season, dregger said there will be a work stoppage.

  65. 4generations 4 cups on

    the things is, when you really look at it, we didnt tweak our top 6, if we did, we only added Nash in the scoring department. Dubi, Prust, Mitchell, Anisi and Feds were all playing lower roles, 3rd or 4th lines most of the time. Dubinsky was just too one-way. I doubt we’re done this summer, especially if you remember the Fritsche, Voros and Rissmiller signings…all in the same summer….kind of shows you they’ll sign whomever they want to.

  66. cm87 – Marc Crawford is an idiot. He’s pretty much the Milbury of TSN now. Nobody should listen to what he says.

    And Sather isn’t done, but there is no guarantee Doan or Semin are coming here. None of the other FAs out there make me say “OH MAN WE NEED TO GET THAT GUY!”

  67. Does anyone actually think this team is better than last year? Not offensively, but just overall. I think we definitely got a scoring boost in Nash (not much, but someone who will get his 30-35 goals). However we just lost a ton of defensive zone coverage. The only PKers we have left from last year are Boyle and Callahan.

    I’m definitely happy we added the offense, but the team is going to have to change it’s identity a bit from “it’s just pain” to something else since they don’t have the personnel for that. So I don’t think the the team is any better, I don’t think it’s really any worse either though. Time will tell.

  68. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! Uncle Glen gets us Rick Nash for my birthday! This just turned around my otherwise lackluster birthday!

  69. And I’m not saying that as a good or bad thing. I’m just saying that it seems people think we’ve locked up the cup already when there have been a significant amount of moving parts. And having Asham and Rupp both in the lineup scares me, along with the fact that Haley might actually get ice time.

  70. bull dog line on

    Stepan killed penalties. Hagelin killed penalties. Pyatt kills penalties. Halpern kills penalties.

  71. there is no doubt the rangers lost some grit and defence, specially penalty killing but that’s allot easier to replace than a 30 goal scorer.

  72. Carp,
    Right on concerning the 79 team. The Beck trade was made for the right reasons and with him we did well but I wouldn’t put the blame on him. Artie I liked but 2 cent head. Dubi was and is a party boy and that’s ever good in NY. Most dangerous thing is our cap $ by fans and Slats…. Temping as Semin is it’s still a 10 ft pole in my eyes.

  73. Jonny D: We’re a more talented looking roster on paper. I share your concerns as to whether or not we’re better at winning hockey games.

  74. bull dog line on

    its a more talented team than last year. we will have to see if they are a better team than last year. they would have to get to the finals to be a more successful team.

  75. Certainly an upgrade to me. Nash bring way more than just 30+. he is a elite talent like gabby. Our PP next year should be much better. Along with our shootouts.

    Losing a player like Dubi does kinda suck, but the type of player he is can be replaced. Talents like Nash don’t always come around.

  76. _Dubi was and is a party boy and that’s ever good in NY._

    “Great point!” – Mark Messier

  77. bull dog line on

    I do think this trade makes them better in the long run. it just may not be right away. still need a right D man, and to be safe, 1 more top 9 forward.

  78. tommy – I agree with that 100%, and I always said we’ve had no issues replacing 3rd/4th line guys who were usually fan favorite. But being the #1 team in the East and going all the way to the ECF, that had a lot to do with the guys in the locker room coming together and dedicating themselves to playing a style that they had to just to win.

    I think this team is more versatile and more offensively gifted, but is it better in regards to wins? I’m not so sure.

    And mazz – just because we got Nash doesn’t mean the PP is better. Not even close. We said that the last 3 years. First it was Gaby and DZ (and Redden too), then it was Richards. We’ll have to see, but the strategy needs to change. Doesn’t matter who you put on the ice when their in zone setup was so inconsistent. When they executed, it was because they moved the puck quick and across to keep the defense moving. When it didn’t, it was because they sat still and held onto the puck. Nash isn’t helping or hurting that.

  79. Again I think Dubi was tough but the loss of Prust and Fedotenko hurts more in that department. I do worry that this team may not be as difficult to play against as last year’s but Cally, Boyle, Pyatt, Asham, Rupp are all pretty hard-nosed grinders. Hopefully that rubs off on the top lines which really are no different at this point than they were. And maybe where our bottom two lines dont wear down the opposition as much physically anymore they are able to chip in more goals.

  80. Jonny, I believe it will be better. Why would I think that?, because of Nash’s skill, and how he doubles as a playmaker/sniper. You inject that into a PP along with Krieder’s presence. Im just making an inference.

  81. bull dog, Amen on the RD.

    I think we should look to trade Hagelin for that upgrade. I like Hagelin a lot, but with the way our team is constructed, he may be the odd man out on the top 6 forwards, and I don’t think he is well suited for a 3rd line role.

    Nash, Gaborik, and Callahan are definitely 3 of the 4 top 4 wings. It comes down to Kreider and Hagelin, and I think Kreider brings more to the table, leaving Hagelin to play on the third line, which is a waste of his abilities. Might make sense to move him for a solid 3-4 RD. Maybe Jason Demers?

    You know what’s funny? Rozsival would be a great fit as our 6th Dman.

  82. I love this trade. We kept all but one our our prospects and gave up an overpaid underachiever and an unproven timid center who showed only occasional flashes of being a scorer/playmaker. Nash is a beast that can carry a team on his back and will take some of that weight off of Callahans shoulders.

  83. E3 pimp's angel on

    Breaking news – Darren dreger just broke that the rangers got Rick Nash

    Happy birthday ria

  84. Nash’s 12 combined PPG over the least 2 seasons in making the Rangers PP better how?

  85. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    So i’m getting ready to “spin to win” & my cellphone rings ,its my sister in Fla. calling to tell me about the Nash trade so I told her “no thats not what I wished for” . I’ll miss Artie got A soft spot in my ♥ for him. But I won $25.00 on my spin so my lunch was free !!!!!!! Thanks for all the B-day wishes everyone so far its been a good one .

  86. the predators organization is trying to figure out if they can afford the Weber contract and it’s starting to look like the predators can’t and won’t match.

  87. Who did Nash have on the PP with him? Vernmette? BJ sucked the last 2 years. You wanna talk numbers tell me his career.

  88. _but Cally, Boyle, Pyatt, Asham, Rupp are all pretty hard-nosed grinders._

    Pyatt / Asham will play less minutes than Dubi / Prust. That’s the problem.

  89. Trying to remember the last time Rangers had two power forwards the like of Nash and Kreider- haven’t come up with anything yet. Dave Maloney doesn’t like the Barry Beck trade? Does he remember who was traded the other way? I’d do that trade again in a heartbeat. McEwen (way overrated playing in NY) Hickey (serviceable but soft and small) Lucien BeBlois? C’mon you’ve got to be kidding! Hope this trade makes the papers tomorrow- I know Nash is no Jeremy (26 game career) Lin.

  90. After years of pining for him and mentioning earlier in the week that playing for a winning team might do Ichiro some good and that the Mariners GM owed us for Pineda, we’ve done it!!!!!! ICHIRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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