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While I was away on vacation last week, the New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets decided to do a little transferring of players. Even if I was here, I probably wouldn’t have written anything until now. That’s commitment! The Rangers acquired Rick Nash, someone they were rumored to be pursuing months ago leading up to their playoff run, along with Steve Delisle, in exchange for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, and Tim Erixon. 

Nash is obviously the big player, although his value is perhaps not as clear cut as we may expect. It may surprise you, especially if you are easily startled, that Nash has only cracked 70 points once in his career (’08-’09). Nevertheless, he is a left winger, and only four of the top 20 points leaders last season played LW. Of course, Nash wasn’t one of those four, but again, there is a lack of production at that position as compared to other forwards. Nash also played in Columbus, which ranked 26th in Goals per Game. Now he joins a team that was ranked 11th, and maybe he passes that 70 point mark again. Is the line of 33 goals and 42 assists too much to expect? I’m not so sure. I would gamble on it, and I didn’t even make use of the casino at the resort I stayed at last week.

Dubinsky was a fan favorite in the Big Apple, and he fit into the system well, giving up his body and hustling, tri-yadda. He had a career low 34 points in 77 games last season, and the year before that, he had a career high of 54 in 77.  More likely, he is going to score in the 40-45 point range, although being in Columbus may knock a few points off of that total. Anisimov may actually be the better player in the deal, a lean defensive minded Center (re: not a Defenseman like I previously wrote) who can score 40 points. He probably takes a hit as well, though. Erixon, which I like to pronounce as “erection,” did not produce boner inducing numbers in limited time with the Rangers (2 assists in 18 games), but his lower level numbers show promise. If he can play a full season, you could be looking at 50 points on the high (like, really high) end, although that’s going to be assist heavy. Some predictions – Dubinsky 14 goals, 28 assists; Anisimov 13 goals, 22 assists; Erection, 9 goals, 36 assists.

Delisle is the after thought here, the meaty belch hours after a meal. He didn’t do much last season down below because of an injury up above (shoulder, to be exact), although he has been cleared to throw a football. I’m not sure you’ll see much of him next season with the Rangers, probably spending most of his time in the AHL with the Connecticut Whale. He may produce something like 5 goals and 15 assists over a few weeks with New York, but I wouldn’t even worry about that. Why stress? If he starts on the active roster, we’ll figure it out then! You and me, pal. 

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  1. Eric says:
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    When did Anisimov become a “lean Defenseman???” Answer: He didn’t, he’s a forward, more of a natural center actually.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Eric, you are absolutely correct, and I’m not sure what I was thinking. Correction made, although prediction stays the same.

  2. Simon says:
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    Anisimov is a Center, who is defensively responsible and potentially could hit the 50 point mark if paired with the right linemates – if he’s slotted in on the 3rd line though he’ll be lucky to hit 35pts.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Simon, correction noted, and Columbus is a mess. A few years down the line, though, Anisimov could be a key piece in a playoff run. We’ll see.

  3. bauerspeed17 says:
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    How does this trade impact Nick Foligno and Derek Stepan? I only ask about these two players because I have them in my 20 team dynasty team. I am thinking this trade affects Foligno more since the Jackets are getting a center and a winger in return. (Offensive categories are Pt-D, G, A, 2G+A, PIM, SOG, STG, Hit, Blk, FO%.)

    • @bauerspeed17, It shouldn’t affect Stepan ’cause Nash will play on the first line. As far as Foligno, it depends if they play Dubinsky and Anisimov on the same line or not. If Foligno is paired with Anisimov, he could reach 20 goals this season. Are you looking to move anyone right now? I wouldn’t be concerned.

  4. It shouldn’t affect Stepan ’cause Nash will play on the first line. As far as Foligno, it depends if they play Dubinsky and Anisimov on the same line or not. If Foligno is paired with Anisimov, he could reach 20 goals this season. Are you looking to move anyone right now? I wouldn’t be concerned.

  5. bauerspeed17 says:
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    @ChrisV82. Not looking to trade. I drafter both players in a 20 team dynasty league. I knew Stepan wouldn’t be as affected by the trade, but I felt Foligno would be affect. Thanks for the help!

    • @bauerspeed17, it is likely Foligno is affected for the better.

  6. CornedBeefAndNash says:
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    I actually think this trade will affect Stepan for the better.

    First off, Nash is a RW not a LW. He’s pretty much cemented on the first line with Richards and Gaborik (when Gaborik returns).

    Stepan was often stuck between a mix-mash of players last year with Tortorella frequently changing lines. The wild card this year is Kreider. If he provides even a fraction of the output of his recent playoff run, it changes things considerably for the Rangers who have multiple legitimate scoring threats. Put Stepan between Callahan and Kreider/Hagelin for the year and that’s a pretty potent but under the radar line that can do it all. Callahan for doing the hard work, Stepan for making the plays, and Hagelin/Kreider for putting the puck in the net. Word also is that Kreider is faster than Hagelin (who won the speed skating comp. at last year’s all-star game).

    As for Anisimov “taking a hit”, as a Rangers’ fan the first thing that popped into my mind was this. NOTE: Keep watching Anisimov after the Backstrom hit. The guy is SOFT.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHooZPtzVWc

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @CornedBeefAndNash, I love Kreider and expect him to do big things for the Rangers.

      I’m not sure where you’re getting the positional thing for Nash, though. He’s still listed as a left winger for the Rangers – http://espn.go.com/nhl/player/_/id/1569/rick-nash

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