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Blue Jackets Trade Zherdev, Fritsche to Rangers for Defensive Help

timot andarieseCorrespondent IJuly 2, 2008

In another move by Blue Jackets management this week, Columbus traded Nikolai Zherdev and Dan Fritsche to the Rangers for a pair of young defensemen in Christian Backman and Fedor Tyutin Wednesday night.

In the 2007-08 campaign, Zherdev, a 23-year-old right-winger, compiled 26 goals and 35 assists. This was by far his comeback season after a dismal sophomore effort, but some said he had trouble taking direction from coach Ken Hitchock. Dan Fritsche, a 22-year-old center, posted 22 poins while maintaining a plus-2 plus-minus rating. Clearly, Zherdev had a very solid season and the young Fritsche could have played better.

The players that the Jackets got in return were Fedor Tyutin, a 24-year-old defenseman who put together a 20-point season with a plus-5 rating and 43 penalty minutes. A very solid season for young defenseman. Christian Backman, a 28-year-old defenseman, produced an 18-point season. He also posted a minus-2 rating and 50 penalty minutes. Backman was brought into New York via a trade with the Blues at the deadline of the 2007-08 season.

This trade ends up being pretty even. Tyutin's solid season, when compared with Zherdev's, looks to be very comparable in value to a team. As for Fritsche and Backman, it seems like they were the filler of the trade.

If I were the general manager of the Blue Jackets, I would not have traded Zherdev for Tyutin. But I'm not the GM. I'm merely a fan of the game. If this experiment fails, though, he should be ran out of town.