Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/9/14
It was a saga that threatened to swallow the summer of 2012, an unavoidable trade that worried some Blue Jackets fans sick and served as an advertisement that the Jackets were a franchise for which the most patient of superstars no longer wanted to play. One year ago today it all came to a head when Rick Nash, the Blue Jackets’ Mr. Everything, was traded to the New York Rangers, fulfilling a request he’d made six months earlier. The Blue Jackets acquired centers Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, defenseman Tim Erixon and a first-round draft pick that was spent on rough-and-tumble winger Kerby Rychel at last month’s draft. “I know it was a long, drawn-out affair,” said John Davidson, the Blue Jackets president of hockey operations who ran the St. Louis Blues when the trade was made. “Deals of that magnitude are really hard to put together. There are only so many teams Rick would go to, only so many of those teams that were interested, only so many of those teams that had salary ca...
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