For those of you who went ahead and clicked on the link (which you should), you notice that details, in fact, didn't follow.
Let's start with who was actually involved in the deal. We know this is old news, but we can't have the last article about the Rick Nash trade not be accurate.
The New York Rangers sent Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon and a first-round draft pick to Columbus for Nash, someone the Blueshirts hope will score at least 40 goals for them this season (if there is one–we'll get to this issue later–and beyond).
The Rangers lose two important pieces in the deal, in Anisimov and Dubinsky, but the package for Nash as a whole for the Rangers is as close to a steal as there could be. Think about it.
With young, rising stars such as Ryan McDonagh, Michael Del Zotto, Chris Kreider, Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan all still on the roster after the deal, Ranger fans must be happy. Look at it this way, the entire defensive unit that guided New York to within games of the Stanley Cup will all be coming back.
The bottom six will have a whole new look this year after free agency. The Rangers lost fan favorite Brandon Prust who signed a multi-year deal with the Montreal Canadiens. Along with Prust, Ruslan Fedotenko (Philadelphia), John Mitchell (Colorado), and John Scott (Buffalo) were the noteworthy Rangers who will be in a new sweater next year.
The Rangers did keep defenseman Anton Stralman around for two more years, and went to the open market to find replacements for the three players mentioned above.
Once again, an NHL lockout is looming. The league and the NHL Players' Association has until Sept. 14 to reach a deal, otherwise the NHL will lockout its players for the second time in less than 10 years.
The two sides are still far off in the negotiations, and we here at NY Rangers 101 will continue to follow this story closely as it unfolds.
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