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The Rangers brought in one of the best scorers in the league in Nash.
The 28-year-old winger has 547 points in 674 games in his nine-year stint in Columbus. His minus-71 rating is concerning, but considering the Blue Jackets only made the playoffs once in his nine-year career, that rating is a bit deceiving.
Nash should fit into the Rangers top line with Carl Hagelin and Brad Richards. That will bump Marian Gaborik to the second line—when he returns from his shoulder injury, that is—two very good right wingers.
We haven't even talked about the Rangers' current captain, Ryan Callahan. Callahan will be moved to a third-line winger. Callahan had 54 points in 76 regular season games and added 10 points in 20 playoff games.
The acquisition of Taylor Pyatt to play left wing on the third line will only benefit Callahan's consistent motor.
The Rangers needed to add another offensive weapon. They did that.
Time will tell if the Rangers continue to talk to Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan. With some cap space, it is a possibility. Even without Doan, the Rangers will be a force in the Eastern Conference for years.
The core of the Rangers' talent (Gaborik, Callahan, Nash, Del Zotto, Dan Girardi) are all under 30.
The Rangers got a great value by unloading $7.7 million in salary to pick up Nash's $7.8 million.
I applaud the Rangers for getting this deal done. At a time where the Atlantic Division is as strong as ever, the Rangers needed to take a step to keep pace.
Surviving the Atlantic Division will be of the utmost importance when it comes to playoff seeding.
With the Philadelphia Flyers adding Shea Weber (pending), the Pittsburgh Penguins as Stanley Cup favorites and the New Jersey Devils as defending Eastern Conference champions, being seeded away from other division foes will be crucial for a playoff run.
Did the Rangers pay too much? They certainly gave up a lot of potential.
But, in a word, no.
It will all be worth it if they bring home a Stanley Cup in 2013.