Which Columbus Blue Jackets Do The New York Rangers Miss Most?
New York Rangers: Which Columbus Blue Jackets Does Team Miss Most?
Thursday night, the New York Rangers face the Columbus Blue Jackets for the first time this season and for the first time as divisional foes. It promises to be a very emotional night in Columbus, similar to a family reunion of sorts. Both teams will get reacquainted with old faces, some of which feel like they have never left.
The Rangers' Derick Brassard, John Moore and Derek Dorsett will return to Columbus for the first time since being traded to the Rangers last April for Marian Gaborik. Brassard and Moore were first-round picks that did not pan out for the Jackets as hoped. Brassard also developed a contentious relationship with former Jackets coach Scott Arniel. Ironically, Arniel is now Brassard's assistant coach with the Rangers.
Conspicuously absent will be the greatest player in Jackets history, Rick Nash. He continues to recover from a concussion, although rumors have surfaced that he has resumed skating. Regardless, the fans' reaction to his name being called out on the loudspeaker as a scratch for the game is worth watching. The next round of this "family reunion" will be at Madison Square Garden in December. At that time, you can bet that Ranger fans will show love and admiration for nearly all former Rangers that now play in Columbus.
At least five current Blue Jackets played on Broadway at one point or another. And let's not forget about longtime Rangers broadcaster, John Davidson, who is now the Jackets' team President.
We know Ranger fans miss them, but which of these players does the Rangers team miss most? Let's find out.
5. Tim Erixon
Tim Erixon was once a highly touted prospect in the Rangers' organization. He is only 22 but has yet to break out into the elite defenseman the organization projected him to be. He was sent to Columbus in the Nash deal.
4. Fedor Tyutin
Fedor Tyutin has been gone the longest out of the group, as he was traded for Nikolai Zherdev in 2008. However, he would be a welcome addition to the Rangers' blue line depth.
3. Artem Anisimov
Artem Anisimov was one of the Rangers' top forwards for a couple of seasons before heading to Columbus in the Nash trade. He was never the most talented player, but he always gave 100 percent effort every night. And who could forget his epic "shotgun" goal celebration in 2012?
2. Brandon Dubinsky
Brandon Dubinsky never became the No. 1 center that the Rangers hoped for him to be, but he remained a heavy fan favorite nonetheless during his time on Broadway. Some people say that when he was sent to Columbus in the Nash deal a piece of the Rangers' heart and grit went along with it.
1. Marian Gaborik
When healthy, Marian Gaborik was the Rangers' most dangerous offensive weapon. He scored 40 goals twice during his tenure on Broadway and would be a perfect fit for new coach Alain Vigneault's system. Unfortunately for Gaborik, tension with former head coach John Tortorella hastened his departure.