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Not much was expected from a Columbus Blue Jackets team that suffered through one of its worst seasons in its history in 2011-12, traded its franchise cornerstone in the offseason and were the worst team in the league in late February.
My, how things have changed.
Columbus, surprisingly fighting for one of the Western Conference's final playoff spots, turned into a buyer at the trade deadline and acquired seven-time 30-goal scorer Marian Gaborik before Thursday's road matchup with the Nashville Predators.
The Blue Jackets finished with an NHL-low 65 points last season and have made only one playoff appearance since entering league in 2000. They dealt disgruntled forward Rick Nash to the New York Rangers in July and appeared headed for a major rebuilding phase.
Columbus (15-14-7), though, isn't waiting to compete. It has gone 10-2-3 over its last 15 after Mark Letestu scored four minutes into overtime to beat Anaheim 2-1 on Sunday.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves and improved his goals-against average to 2.13.
"The one thing we can't change now is being satisfied," said coach Todd Richards, whose team was an NHL-worst 5-12-2 on Feb. 25. "We can't have that. You've climbed the mountain and you get there and you (can't) take a breath. We're only halfway up the mountain. There's still a lot of work in front of us."
President John Davidson and new general manager Jarmo Kekalainen appear to be far from satisfied. Bobrovsky's surprisingly stellar play allowed them to deal fellow goaltender Steve Mason to Philadelphia before giving up promising players in Derick Brassard - who scored Sunday - Derek Dorsett and John Moore to acquire Gaborik from the Rangers on Wednesday.
Gaborik, who has nine goals and 10 assists this year and three 40-goal seasons in his last five, waived his no-trade clause to join the surprising Blue Jackets. It's unclear if he'll play Thursday, but Gaborik should provide a scoring lift for a team that has a minus-10 differential in non-shootout goals.
"It seems like they're heading in the right direction and it's a new challenge for me," Gaborik said. "It's the first time I've been traded so it's something new for me, but I'm looking forward to it."
The Blue Jackets also acquired left wing Blake Comeau from the Calgary Flames for a fifth-round pick.
Columbus is 4-10-2 on the road this season and has won just six of its 37 all-time visits to Nashville, falling 5-2 at Bridgestone Arena on March 23. That contest was part of a current 4-1-2 stretch for the Predators (15-14-8), who are one point ahead of the Blue Jackets in the West standings.
David Legwand's goal with 1:14 left broke a tie and Pekka Rinne made 25 saves in Tuesday's 3-1 win over Colorado as Nashville won for the fourth time in five home games.
"Everybody is happy and we are going forward with that, but we still have to win more games to get in the races," said Patric Hornqvist, whose power-play goal in the third tied the game.
The Predators, who traded defenseman Scott Hannan to San Jose for a conditional seventh-round draft pick at the trade deadline, have struggled at times but are in the hunt to make a fourth straight postseason appearance.
"We're right in the thick of things right now, which is great," coach Barry Trotz said.
Rinne has been solid of late, going 4-0-2 with a 2.20 goals-against average since March 21. He made 21 saves in the first meeting with Columbus and is 8-1-2 with a 2.34 GAA in his last 11 starts versus the Blue Jackets.
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Gaborik to CBJ pending he waives and trade call. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 3, 2013 … WOW… more on this as it breaks! UPDATE: Katie Strang of ESPN says the Rangers would get back Brassard, Dorsett and Moore in the deal for Gaborik.
Gaborik may not get moved this week, or at all. His future up in the air
Regardless of how productive (or unproductive) Marian Gaborik is throughout the remainder of this season, the Rangers would be best advised to hold on to the Slovakian winger until the off season.
With a glut of young forwards up and around the big club this season, and with the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh...
New York Rangers forward Marian Gaborik was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. In exchange, the Rangers will reportedly receive forwards Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett and defenseman John Moore.Marian Gaborik will and major scoring touch to Columbus. This move should replace some of the talent lost in the Rick Nash deal.
So it looks like the Marian Gaborik trade is paying off for both teams as a night after Derick Brassard and John Moore scored in their Rangers debut, Gaborik had the game winning goal and an assist in his frst game with the Blue Jackets...
...I said yesterday, don't be surprised if Gaborik re-discovers his scoring touch in Columbus. I mean, did you really think a player...
The New York Rangers have traded slumping forward Marian Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second trade of star players between the teams within the past year.
Gaborik was dealt to the Blue Jackets Wednesday, just before the NHL's afternoon trade deadline, for center Derick Brassard, right wing Derek Dorsett and defenseman John Moore.
Gaborik waived a no-movement...
Here are the trades that were made before the deadline on Wednesday: The Columbus Blue Jackets acquire forward Marian Gaborik from the New York Rangers for forwards forwards Derek Dorsett and Derick Brassard, defenseman John Moore and a sixth round … Continue reading →The post NHL Trade Deadline: Gaborik, Pominville Headline Busy Day appeared first on Committed Indians.
The New York Rangers have finally ended weeks of torment; Marian Gaborik has been traded. The Blue Jackets have traded Derek Brassard, Derek Dorsett, John Moore and a 6th round draft pick for New York Rangers forward Marian Gaborik. The Blue Jackets are looking to make some noise this year and Gaborik will greatly benefit [...]
Marian Gaborik scored the go-ahead goal at 4:16 of the third period and added an assist in his debut Thursday night with Columbus, helping the Blue Jackets beat the Predators 3-1 for a rare win in Nashville.
The Blue Jackets won for just the seventh time in Nashville and the second time this season in this series between Central Division rivals. Matt Calvert also had a goal and...
NASHVILLE Once the jolly ambassador for hockey on television, John Davidson has transformed himself into something of a renovator of moribund NHL franchises.
He arrived in St. Louis after the 2005-06 season, when the Blues finished dead last in the NHL. Last season, the Blues posted the third-best overall record in the league.
Then he took his tool bag to Columbus last October...
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Elliotte Friedman at CBC Sports reports that the Rangers are believed to be big Curtis Glencross (Flames) fans.
The 30-year old Glencross has 14g, 8a this season and is on the books for $2.55 million per till 2015.
...Glencross can definitely add a little jam to go with some goal scoring and at $2.55 million isn't all that expensive. But recent rumors had the Flames...
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The Nashville Predators started the post-Martin Erat era with a 3-1 loss to Central Division rival Columbus Blue Jackets. This win snapped allowed Columbus to record their first regulation win at Bridgestone Arena since 2006.
It was quite the goaltending dual as Pekka Rinne and Sergei Bobrovsky were trying to one up each...
In a stunning move the Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired struggling sniper Marian Gaborik from the New York Rangers in exchange for forwards Derick Brassard and Derek Dorsett along with young defenseman John Moore.
Gaborik, who has just nine goals this season, has three 40-goal campaigns under his belt and gives the Jackets a needed goal scorer for their playoff push. He seemed...
One of the gutsiest trades made at the trade deadline, not just this year but in quite a few years, was the blockbuster swap between the New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets that sent Marian Gaborik and two minor league defensemen to Columbus in exchange for center Derrick Brassard, right wing Derek Dorsett, defenseman John Moore and a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft.