While the jersey color scheme remains the same, the zip code will not. After months of speculation, Rick Nash has been dealt to the NY Rangers. A topic of conversation since well before the trade deadline in February, Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson finally made a move on Monday.
Per the NHL: “In a deal that has been brewing since February, the Columbus Blue Jackets dealt their captain to the Rangers on Monday along with defenseman Steven Delisle and a conditional third-round selection in the 2013 Entry Draft in exchange for forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, defenseman Tim Erixon and the Rangers’ first-round selection in the 2013 Draft.”
Nash, a 28 year-old, 6-4″, 219 lb, left winger has a high market value when it comes to his ability to score on the ice. After a somewhat lackluster 2011-12 season, with Columbus, a new team brings new opportunity for the now former Columbus captain. Nash could prove to be quite the asset in a city with a higher hockey market; playing for a team with an almost guaranteed opportunity for playoff contention. It will certainly be interesting to see if the bright lights of the big apple will help this NHL star finally shine.