Found July 27, 2012 on CJ Sports NFL Talk:
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The drama between Rick Nash and the Columbus Blue Jackets finally ended on Monday with Nash, along with Steven Delisle and a 2013 third round pick being traded to the Rangers for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a 2013 first round pick. Columbus retains their third round pick if the Rangers reach the 2012-2013 finals. Assuming the season starts on time, let’s have a look at the short-term and long-term implications of this deal: For the Rangers: The Rangers add a big winger who can score at least 30 goals a season and isn’t a liability defensively. Nash is a physical presence who should fit into the Rangers “heavy hockey” style. Nash is also durable, playing at least 75 games in each of the past six seasons. Nash is probably going to be paired with Brad Richards, who is a much better centre than he has been used to playing with. Nash has been a standout international player when he plays with higher caliber players so he should fit into New York well. The possible downside with Nash is that he has not been an elite goal scorer in the past three years (30, 32 and 33 goals) and he has a contract that has a cap hit of $7.8 million per year until 2017-18. The Rangers have more than enough cap room to absorb this cap hit for the next two years. He will have to return to elite goal scoring production in the next three or four years because his contract could make it difficult for the Rangers to retain their young defensive core. The Rangers can replace Dubinsky and Anisimov with Nash and a full year of Chris Kreider. Dubinsky wasn’t performing up to expectations or his contract and Anisimov is a useful player but not a pivotal one. The Rangers could afford to trade Erixon because they already have a strong, young defensive core in Staal, Girardi, McDonagh and Del Zotto. The first round pick in 2013 should be between the 25th Enhanced by Zemanta

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