After dealing forward Rick Nash to the New York Rangers this past offseason, the Columbus Blue Jackets appear to have gotten a superstar back from the Rangers at this year's NHL trade deadline in the form of forward Marian Gaborik.
According to Darren Dreger of TSN, Gaborik will be heading to Columbus provided he waives his no-trade clause.
Return for Gaborik. Derek brassard Derek Dorset and John Moore. Still pending waive and call.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 3, 2013
In return for Gaborik, the Rangers are set to receive forwards Derick Brassard and Derek Dorsett, as well as young defenseman John Moore.
The Rangers have under-performed in a big way this season after reaching the Eastern Conference finals last year. New York currently sits in ninth place and trails the New York Islanders by two points for the final playoff spot.
New York made a move to add to its roster on Tuesday, as it acquired forward Ryane Clowe from the San Jose Sharks, according to Kevin Allen of USA Today. However, it ultimately decided to subtract on deadline day.
With just 19 points in 35 games along with a minus-eight rating, it would be fair to call Gaborik a microcosm of the Rangers' season.
There is a ton of offensive talent on the team, but the Blueshirts have struggled to score goals and provide relief for all-world goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. Getting rid of Gaborik may not seem like the right solution on the surface, but maybe the Rangers are hoping for addition by subtraction.
Which team won this trade?
Brassard actually only has one less point than Gaborik this season and is much younger, so perhaps New York doesn't see the swap as much of a drop-off. Also, Dorsett is a rough-and-tumble player who fits in with head coach John Tortorella's style, while Moore is a promising youngster on the back end.
Columbus has shocked many onlookers this season as the Blue Jackets are in 11th place in the Western Conference, but just one point out of eighth. They have actually gotten better since dealing Nash to the Rangers, but apparently they believe some more star power will aid in their playoff push.
Whatever the case, it appears as though both teams involved were able to make some much-needed changes.
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