An eventful summer for the Central Division just saw another huge move take place, as the Columbus Blue Jackets have finally traded their biggest star, winger Rick Nash, to the New York Rangers in exchange for centers Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, defenseman Tim Erixon, and a 1st-round draft pick.
Again, credit goes to TSN's Darren Dreger for breaking the news.
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It has been clear for months that Nash wanted a trade out of town, and GM Scott Howson has been left with the difficult task of being forced to deal a top player who has probably passed his peak, yet still carries a hefty contract.
Will this move launch a new era of competitiveness for the Blue Jackets, who have yet to win a single playoff game?In their 11 NHL seasons, they've never finished higher than 3rd in the 5-team Central Division, and they only did that once. The have 4 fourth-place finishes and 6 last-place finishes to go along with that, and are coming off a 2011-2012 campaign which saw them finish 30th overall.