Huge news, via TSN’s Darren Dreger — Rick Nash has been traded by the Blue Jackets to the Rangers.
Heading to Columbus is Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a first-round pick.
Update: The full deal is Nash, a 2013 third-round pick (which goes back to CBJ if NYR make Cup final) and minor-league defenseman Steven Delisle to New York in exchange for Dubinsky, Anisimov, Erixon and a 2013 first-rounder.
New York had been considered the favorite to land Nash, but until now the two teams had been unable to agree on the package that would go to Columbus.
“If we do complete a trade, we’re trading out a 30 to 40 goal scorer,” Jackets GM Scott Howson said prior to the trade. “Defense is probably the strongest part of our team if we look at it today, so we’re looking to get some NHL forwards back first and foremost.”
Howson got his wish by acquiring two NHL forwards in Anisimov and Dubinsky. However, he was unable to pry the likes of Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan or Ryan McDonagh from Rangers GM Glen Sather.
More to come…
Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.
We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.
It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”
Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)
Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.
So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”
… You get the idea.
The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.
The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.
Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.
It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.
The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.
As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.
Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?
The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.
This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.