After many months of speculation, Rick Nash has finally been traded, going to the New York Rangers in exchange for defenceman Tim Erixon and centres Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky and a 2013 first-round draft pick.
Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson, whose demands included two NHL-ready players and two prospects, finally pulled the trigger on a trade that he didn't want to make after Nash requested a trade.
While one can debate whether he could've got more or not, he did get what he was looking for in two NHL-ready forwards and two prospects, but as expected joins the list of GM's who have been forced to trade an all-star and get far less than the fan base would've expected.
Leaving the Blue Jackets is a 28-year old all-star whose put up 547 points in 674 games or 0.845 Points Per Game. Arriving to the team are two centers 24-year old (Anisimov) and 26-year old (Dubinsky) - Anisimov has put up 108 points in 244 games or 0.443 Points Per Game while Dubinsky has put up 213 points in 393 games or 0.542 Points Per Game.
Here is our chart comparing the point production of each player involved in the trade:
For Blue Jackets fans out there, take solace in the fact that more points are coming in then going out (0.985 Points Per Game vs. Nash's 0.845) and that isn't even taking into consideration the defensive prospect in Tim Erixon and the first rounder. And while this might soften the blow, the Jackets are still losing a superstar player.
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