The Rangers have a new sheriff in town.
The Blueshirts have just pulled of the biggest trade of the summer; landing Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets. The cost was high. But the return could be immense.
To land the former Columbus captain and all-time leading scorer, the Rangers traded Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a first-round draft pick to the Jackets. This price may seem steep, but it is actually a great deal for New York.
There is nothing that feels better, than a family being brought back together. Two young NHL stars got to experience this sensation, as they were traded to the teams that their siblings happened to play for.
The first move came just as the NHL draft was getting underway. The Pittsburgh Penguins sent center Jordan Staal to Carolina in exchange for center Brandon Sutter (of another famous hockey family), defensive prospect Brian Dumoulin and the 8th overall selection in the draft.
Only a few short months ago, the Los Angeles Kings faced an uphill battle to even make the playoffs. They couldn’t score (they finished second to last in goals-scored), and their hope was fading. They traded for Jeff Carter to remedy the problem, but they were still running out of time. They were the last team in, now they are the last team standing.
For the first time in their history, LA is King of the NHL.