In the Columbus Dispatch, Michael Arace wrote about how the three former Blue Jackets, Derick Brassard, John Moore and Derek Dorsett, found out that they were traded to the Rangers.
Arace said that Brassard, Moore and goalie Steve Mason (traded to Philly) were watching TSN together when all three of their phones rang at the same time.
John Moore told Newsday that he was sitting on the couch with Brassard, eating Subway and watching TV when both of their phones rang. Moore said “the next thing you know, we’re on a plane to NY and we’re playing that night.”
Moore said that as soon as the deal went down he got a text from his former Columbus captain, and once again teammate, Rick Nash.
Nash told the Dispatch that he was said to see Gaborik go, but really excite to have some of his old teammates become new teammates.
Derek Dorsett said on HNIC Radio “I walked across the street to wish Brassard goodbye. He thought he was getting traded to the Rangers. When I walked over and looked at the TV, I saw my name too. It was a bit of a shock, but it’s a business and I am excited to join the Rangers.
Dorsett, according to the Dispatch, came over to say good bye and wish his teammates good luck when he thought it would be a good idea to check his phone. He had a voicemail and then told Brassard and Moore, “I’m going with you.”
Moore said that he, Brassard and Dorsett are all very close friends.
Brassard told the Rangers website “we heard the trade, in Columbus me, John Moore and Derek Dorsett all live in the same building. We all had the phone call at the same time, everyone was trying to reach their families. I am really excited to be here. It’s a new start for me.”