Rick Nash traded to the New York Rangers
Early reports indicate that forwards Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, defenseman Tim Erixon and a first-round pick are headed to Columbus. According to TSN, New york will also receive a conditional third-round pick and minor-league defenseman Steve Delisle in the deal.
The Rangers offense sputtered in the playoffs, and despite being the No. 1 seed in the East last season, the team lost in the Eastern Conference Finals. New York's leading scorer last season, Marian Gaborik, is expected to miss the beginning of the 2012-13 season following off-season shoulder surgery.
The 28-year-old Nash is a seven-time 30-goal scorer and two-time 40-goal scorer. Last season he netted 30 goals and 29 assists while languishing with the struggling Blue Jackets.
After a career season two years ago, Dubinsky struggled in 2011-2012 scoring just 10 goals and 24 assists. Anisimov had 16 goals and 20 assists in his third full season.
Anisimov is just 24, Dubinsky is 26 and Erixon is 22.
Erixon is seen as one of the top defenseman prospects in the NHL. He played 18 games for the Blueshirts last season and had two assists.
New York has to be happy to have made this deal without parting with three of their top young commodities: forwards Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider and defenseman Ryan McDonagh.