Rick Nash has finally been traded and the New York Rangers come as no surprise as the team to have acquired him.
Patience paid off for GM Glen Sather as he did not have to part with any core assets such as Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh, Michael Del Zotto, or Carl Hagelin.
Going to Columbus is Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon, Rangers first round pick in the 2013 draft. Spare parts.
Brandon Dubinsky suffered a disappointing season, the worst in his career partially due to injuries and his admission to the substance abuse program. Typically a 40 point, versatile forward.
Artem Anisimov is a young forward with some potential to become more than a two-way depth forward. So far he has been around a 40 point player with a 50 point potential. His defensive responsibility will be a welcome addition to the Blue Jackets.
Tim Erixon was acquired by the Rangers after the Calgary Flames were unable to sign him. He was unable to make the Rangers line up last season and will now have less competition in Columbus. he will battle with John Moore, David Savard, and Ryan Murray for the final roster spot behind Jack Johnson, James Wisniewski, Fedor Tyutin, Nikita Nikitin, and Adrian Aucoin.
Columbus looses their Captain, and best offensive player in this deal. The loss of Nash will hurt the fantasy value of the players he helped to make better such as R.J. Umberger, and Derick Brassard, and the Columbus power play.
The Rangers add a star player to their top six and give the top two lines a serious boost, not to mention their power play. Brad Richards will benefit from Nash playing on his wing, and when Gaborik returns expect Nash and Gaborik to play on opposite lines, meaning the top two centers (Richards and Derek Stepan) will have a top goal scorer on their wing.
For Nash, his fantasy value makes the biggest increase. Last season he posted a minus 19 but you can expect that number to become a plus in New York. Over his career he has been about a 60 point player, scoring 30 goals and 30 assists. Besides a healthy plus/minus his offensive stats should finally see the gain many think he can produce. Nash may move into the 40 goal range and have an assist total that is similar making him a potential 80 point + fantasy player.
If you own Rick Nash in a fantasy hockey pool, "ka-Ching"!!!