At 2:11PM, one year ago today, Darren Dreger sent out a tweet saying that the Rangers were in the process of acquiring Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The trade, which saw the Rangers acquire Nash, a conditional third round pick and Steven Delisle for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a first round pick, was made official at 3:57PM when the team sent through a release with the headline “For Immediate Release – RANGERS ACQUIRE FIVE-TIME ALL-STAR RICK NASH.”
96.4% of readers supported the trade for Nash.
On a conference call that evening, Rick Nash said “I was very excited and looking forward to this opportunity and being part of something special with what is already going on. It was a lot of limbo and tough period of five months but the good thing now is that it’s over and I can look forward to next year.”
Glen Sather said “We are happy to have a five time goal scorer who is 28 years old. He is one of the best goal scorers in the NHL and will help us immensely. These things take time to happen and it was difficult for us to trade the guys we did. I think it’s a fair trade for both sides.”
Former head coach John Tortorella said multiple times last season that you make a trade for Nash 10 times out of 10 because it’s easier to replace the depth lost in the trade than acquire a player like Nash.
In his first season with the Rangers, Nash had 21 goals and 21 assists with 3 game winning goals and a 176 shots on goal.
Of Nash’s 21 goals, two tied the game, five gave the Rangers the lead and 4 gave them an insurance goal.
Six of his goals came with the Rangers already up by 2 or 3 goals. He was 3 of 7 in the shootout this past year.
Month by month, Nash had 6 points in 7 January games, 8 points in 8 February games, 14 points in 15 March games and 14 points in 14 April games.
In the playoffs, Nash had one goal and four assists in 12 games. He had 42 shots on goal
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