The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded their captain Rick Nash to the New York Rangers for three players this afternoon.
Nash, 28, and a 2013 third round pick are going to the Blueshirts for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon, and a first rounder.
Nash had requested a trade from the Jackets back in February, but Columbus had failed to adhere to Nash's wishes. Nash owns almost every major offensive category in Columbus Blue Jackets history and has spent all of his 10 NHL seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Rick Nash becomes a good fit with the Rangers since Marian Gaborik will be out almost six months after a shoulder surgery in June. He will also help out with his offense after it sputtered in the Stanley Cup playoffs only averaging 2.15 goals per game.
The Rangers stepped up in their efforts to land Nash after Zach Parise, Shea Weber, and Ryan Suter, the top free agents, all signed with different teams.
New York was one of the few teams on Nash's approved list and was willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to Broadway.
This summer's prized rookie free agent has finally picked a team. A surprising team at that.
Former University of Wisconsin defenseman Justin Schultz made the surprising choice of signing with the lowly Edmonton Oilers. Schultz, 21, was a former draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks, but never signed making him a free agent.
The New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, and Minnesota Wild all took a shot at him but failed. It was the recruiting efforts of Wayne Gretzky and Taylor Hall that made Schultz sign with the Oilers.
Schultz will sign a two year deal worth $925,000 per year with a $92,500 signing bonus, according to Rogers Sportsnet's Mark Spector.
The signing of Schultz will add to what is becoming a solid foundation for the future of the Edmonton Oilers. Schultz could step right in and pay dividends for the Oilers due to lack of defenseman on their roster.
During the NHL Awards show last night, a skit was aired that showed Tracy Morgan as a member of the New York Rangers.
I don't think Morgan's prima donna attitude would have meshed well with Torts.
I would have loved to seen what kind of player Morgan would have been. I'm guessing he'd have been an enforcer.