The Rangers got some pretty good players back in the deal for Gaborik.
Headlining the group is Derick Brassard. The 25-year-old center has eight goals and 14 assists. His best season was in 2010-11, when he scored 17 goals and had 30 assists. Sixteen of those points came on the power play.
He's a smooth skater with deft passing ability. He gives the Rangers a legitimate third-line center and will most likely skate between Brian Boyle and Carl Hagelin.
This gives the Rangers depth down the middle. J.T. Miller was perhaps not ready for prime time, and Brian Boyle is better suited at the wing. With more depth at center, the Rangers can finally have more balanced lines.
John Moore is a tall, smooth-skating defenseman with a lot of upside. He has just one goal and one assist this year, but the 22-year-old is a highly regarded prospect. He's averaged about 15 minutes of mistake-free hockey for the Blue Jackets and is a huge upgrade over Roman Hamrlik.
Moore will add speed to a blue line that likes to get up the ice and start the rush. He'll fit right in.
Derek Dorsett is likely out for the remainder of the season, but when he does come back, he'll fit right in on the third line. Dorsett is a grinding winger who plays with energy and can contribute on the penalty kill. The Rangers need more guys like this and will benefit greatly when he comes back.
He can also score, as he had 20 points last season.
So the Rangers have added a lot of depth with this trade. They got some high-end skill with Brassard, a speedy blueliner in Moore and a gritty player in Dorsett. These are all things the Rangers needed.
In addition, and perhaps most importantly, the Rangers don't have to pay Gaborik $7.5 million next season. That money can now be used to sign Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin to long-term deals.