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In one of the most shocking NHL trades of the past decade, the New York Rangers have reportedly traded star winger Marian Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
TSN's Darren Dreger first reported the deal via Twitter:
Per TSN's Bob McKenzie, the Blueshirts have been sent a four-item package in return:
Per Andrew Goss of the New Jersey Record, Gaborik will have a little company headed with him to Ohio:
One year ago, the Blue Jackets finished 30th in the NHL by a mile.
Just less than 12 months later, they're one point out of a playoff position and are now loaded with one of the NHL's most explosive scorers.
Indeed, the Blue Jackets did give up plenty in return for Gaborik. Brassard is five years younger and actually has just one fewer point this season; Moore, 22, has the potential to develop into a solid top-six defenseman; Dorsett is a quality player among any cast of bottom-six forwards.
Yet it is, without doubt, Columbus who steals the headlines and send a message to the rest of the NHL with this trade.
Since their inaugural season in 2000 (ironically, the same year Gaborik was drafted), the Jackets have never won a single playoff game. They've played in a small market, struggled with attendance and struggled even more with winning.
And now, loaded with Gaborik and an overperforming roster of castaways and journeymen, they're arguably now a front-runner in the Western Conference playoff race.
Winner: Columbus Blue Jackets