The New York Rangers finally traded for Rick Nash on Monday afternoon. They had been looking to acquire himsince February. It had become a hot topic as a lot of fans wanted them to stick with the team they had and not mess up the chemistry. The Rangers ultimately felt the price was too high and did stick with what they had. They advanced to the Eastern Conference finals and lost to the New Jersey Devils in six games. The Rangers were pushed to the limits in the first two rounds of the playoffs. They were the number one team in the conference in the regular season but couldn’t score in the playoffs. The lack of scoring ultimately cost them and Nash should help to change that. Nash is a premier goal scorer.
The Rangers gave up Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov also defenseman Tim Erixon and a first round draft pick in 2013. They did give up a lot but still kep their young core. They felt this was worth the price and I would agree with that. Rick Nash gives the Rangers three quality scorers with Marion Gaborik and Brad Richards, they can spread it around more. Nash should also help the power play which was horrible last year.
Nash also wanted to be a Rangers and welcomes the challenges of New York. I don’t see any reason why he won’t succeed. Gm Glen Sather stated “This quality of hockey player doesn’t come along very often.” He is 6’4 219 pounds. He is a power forward who has averaged 32 goals during his nine NHL seasons. He is a left handed shot, he played all of his career thus far in Columbus.
The question now is if he will just fit right in and be the scorer the Rangers need. If it all works does this make the Rangers favorites to win the Stanley Cup or at least the Eastern Conference? I think it makes them on of the favorites, Marion Gaborik will be out until November after shoulder surgery but when he gets back they can really balance the lines. It will be interesting to see how head coach John Torterella uses them, does he put a couple of the guys together or have one scorer on the top three lines. It will be interesting and is an exciting time to be a Rangers fan. They just need to play a season now without a work stoppage which is being threatened.