By Sean Hartnett (@HartnettHockey)
Today marks the one-year anniversary of Rick Nash departing the capital of Ohio for the bright lights and busy streets of New York.
Rangers general manager Glen Sather was able to capture the face of the Blue Jackets without giving up a star of equal ability or a key organizational prospect. Sather parted with popular forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, their 2013 first-round pick and a youthful defenseman in Tim Erixon to land a renowned goal-getter in Nash.
His arrival in New York was greeted with immediate optimism from the Blueshirt faithful and expectations were high from the get-go. Rangers fans pinned hopes on Nash being the final piece required to mount a Stanley Cup run on a largely unchanged team that nearly reached the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals on the back of Henrik Lundqvist’s superior netminding.
Nash showed glimpses of his full talent in his first season in New York. You get the feeling he was just scratching the ...