Originally written on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 7/24/12

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 10: Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates up to a face off during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on October 10, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Blue Jackets defeated the Coyotes 2-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
On top of avoiding surrendering prized young players like Derek Stepan and Michael Del Zotto in yesterday’s blockbuster trade, GM Glen Sather also did an effective job of keeping the Rangers in good shape with the salary cap. The Rangers are now on the hook for the remaining six-years, $46.8 million of the eight-year, $62.4 million contract Rick Nash inked with Columbus in 2009, but they still have plenty of room to operate. Some thoughts on the financial impact of the deal: Nash’s $7.8 million salary cap hit is actually eclipsed by the combined hits of Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov and Tim Erixon, who will count $7.825 million against the cap in 2012-2013. Of course, Columbus is getting three players for that figure whereas the Rangers will have to find bodies to replace their departed soldiers, but New York still has nearly $13.4 million available in relation to the $70.2 million summer cap figure. Sather noted that Anisimov is set to be a restricted free agent next summer an...
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