Originally posted on The Hockey Guys  |  Last updated 7/28/12

ST. LOUIS, MO. - JANUARY 12: Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Bluejackets waits for a face-off against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on January 12, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
By Tim Lucarelli (@tlucarelli) This past week, the long anticipated trade of Rick Nash finally came to fruition. Due to months of anticipation, the final return – Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon, and the New York Rangers’ 2013 first-round pick – left some fans wanting more, and with the recent success of the Blue Jackets (or lack thereof), Columbus’ GM Scott Howson has been under the microscope. This article will take a deeper look at the Nash trade and the events surrounding it to see just how well Howson did his job. Heading into January 2012, Howson’s gamble of acquiring former Philadelphia Flyers center Jeff Carter was not working out very well to say the least. The hope was that Columbus would now have two superstars. The reality was that they had one disgruntled, unhappy superstar and another who was beginning to embrace the idea of jumping ship as well. The Carter saga ultimately led to the exit of Jakub Voracek and a first round pick (Sean Couturier), the addit...
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