NY Rangers Trades: Rick Nash Must Do 5 Key Things to Help Them Win the Cup

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NY Rangers Trades: Rick Nash Must Do 5 Key Things to Help Them Win the Cup
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"Now the rowin' gambler he was very bored. He was tryin' to create a next world war. He found a promoter who nearly fell off the floor. He said I never engaged in this kind of thing before. But yes I think it can be very easily done. We'll just put some bleachers out in the sun. And have it on Highway 61."

The title song from Bob Dylan's classic 1965 album, "Highway 61 Revisited" sets up the perfect backdrop to the New York Rangers' acquisition of power winger Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets earlier today.

Rangers GM Glen Sather is the rowin' gambler.

Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson is the promoter who nearly fell off the floor. "Said I never engaged in this kind of thing before"—trading the face of a franchise.

However, the shrewd Sather persisted. And in the end it seemed that after all these months of two GMs going back and forth, forth and back, it was very easily done. The Blue Jacket became a Blueshirt.

And they did it without the Rangers giving up Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan or Michael Del Zotto—the players Howson truly coveted.

Here's the deal: Rick Nash finally becomes a Ranger, in exchange for Brandon DubinskyArtem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and the Rangers first-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

So No. 61 goes from playing on perhaps the most nondescript hockey team on the planet, to a piece, and perhaps the final piece of the Rangers Stanley Cup puzzle. Nash will have plenty of great expectations resting upon his broad shoulders, as he makes his debut sometime this coming fall.

His new teammates will be counting on him heavily to do a lot more than he's ever done before.

But here are the five key things that Highway 61 must do, in order to help the Rangers hoist Lord Stanley's coveted hardware in 2013 - and beyond. 

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