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Blue Jackets Send Rick Nash To Rangers

07/23/2012 05:06 EDT | Updated 09/22/2012 05:12 EDT
AP
Months after asking the Columbus Blue Jackets to trade him, star forward Rick Nash had his wish granted and is headed to the New York Rangers.

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson announced Monday the club had dealt the big right winger, the team's captain and career leader in most offensive categories, along with a conditional 2013 third-round draft pick and minor-league defenceman Steve Delisle. In return, the Rangers sent centres Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, defenceman Tim Erixon and a first-round pick in 2013.

The conditional pick will be returned to the Blue Jackets if the Rangers make the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. The trade is pending all players passing a physical.

Nash is the oldest player in the deal at 28.

It shocked many when Nash, who shared the NHL lead in goals with 41 in 2003-04, revealed in February that he asked management a month earlier for a trade. When a deal wasn't worked out, he finished the year in Columbus, and immediately became the hottest name on the off-season trade market.

He has scored over 30 goals in a season seven times, including the last five seasons. For his career, he's tallied 289 goals and 259 assists in 674 regular season games, with 568 penalty minutes.

New York gave away three players who were originally drafted within the first two rounds, but didn't have to part with young forward Chris Kreider or the core of their defence — Marc Staal, Ryan McDonagh, Michael Del Zotto and Dan Girardi.

The Rangers were a respectable 11th in goal scoring en route to the finishing first in the East, but their offensive game was limited in the playoffs despite reaching the conference final.

Columbus, with just one playoff berth in 11 seasons of play, is again starting over. The Blue Jackets have rehauled their roster in the last 12 months, adding in previous rades players such as defencemen Jack Johnson and Nikita Nikitin, goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and forward Nick Foligno.

Both sides are planning conference calls Monday evening to discuss the blockbuster deal.