For all intents and purposes, the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers swapped star wingers over two trades in the span of a year. The Rangers sent a package of players for Rick Nash in the summer of 2012. Eight months later, the Jackets sent a package of players to the Rangers for Marian Gaborik. It was rather comical, since it basically wound up being a Nash for Gaborik swap, but the other pieces turned out to be important as well.
July 24, 2012: Rangers send Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon, and a 2013 1st round pick to CBJ for Rick Nash, Steven Delisle, and a 2013 3rd round pick.
Starting with what the Rangers acquired, Nash has been a sore spot for people, and I don’t really see why. After putting up 21-21-42 in 44 games during the lockout shortened season, Nash suffered a pair of concussions in 2013-2014, limiting him to 65 games and a line of 26-13-39. The concussions affected his play on the ice, but Nash still managed to produce close to his career average in goals and SH%, he just did it from the perimeter instead of attacking the net. However, those issues appear to be behind him, as he has 10 goals in 12 games this year already.
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The Rangers have traded defenseman Steve Kampfer and forward Andrew Yogan to the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Joey Crabb,. The Rangers needed to clear one contract to ensure Anthony Duclair could make the club, and they did just that with this minor trade. Kampfer was going to be in the AHL all year, and Yogan has bounced between the ECHL and AHL since turning pro.
Crabb has 179 games (20-33-53) of NHL experience, but for the most part is a career AHL guy. Interesting fact: Crabb was a 7th round draft pick by the Rangers in 2002.
The Rangers have traded winger Derek Dorsett to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a third round pick (#85) in this year’s draft. With the cap rumored to be around $68 million, the Rangers needing to sign some key UFAs and RFAs, and the emergence of Dan Carcillo as a viable option for the fourth line (plus a few bottom-six kids that may be ready), Glen Sather felt the need to shed payroll a bit. Dorsett was a productive Ranger, but the $1.63 million cap hit for a fourth line player was expendable.
Dorsett played 51 games with the Rangers after his trade from Columbus, putting up a line of 4-4-8 and 128 PIMs.
Ryan Callahan has re-upped in Tampa Bay on a deal that is 6 years and $5.8 million per year (basically a Dustin Brown contract, shocking). As a part of the trade with Tampa Bay for Martin St. Louis, the Rangers will receive TB’s 2nd round pick in 2015, and the Rangers will send a 2015 7th rounder to Tampa Bay. To summarize the now completed trade:
- To New York: Martin St. Louis, 2015 2nd round pick
- To Tampa Bay: Ryan Callahan, 2014 1st round pick, 2015 1st round pick, 2015 7th round pick
This man deserves credit. (Photo credit: Jim McIsaac)
When teams make deep runs into the playoffs, the one thing they usually have in common is success from trades made throughout the season. I’m not talking about moves made in the offseason, of which Glen Sather made a few (Dominic Moore, Benoit Pouliot), I’m referring to in-season moves made after identifying team needs.
The Rangers were no different from any other team. There were significant flaws in the team that were easily identifiable by most either before the season began (toughness/physicality), or something that became apparent as the season went by (right handed defenseman, primary scoring). If it’s something we were identifying here, you can bet your life savings that Slats and company identified it as well.
This is what a good GM does (and yes, Slats is a good GM in the cap era). Slats identified these holes and made three trades in 2014 that addressed each need.
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Just some quick notes that came out yesterday/today:
- Because the Rangers advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals, they will send their 2014 1st round pick to Tampa Bay as a part of the conditions of the Martin St. Louis trade. This means that the Rangers will have acquired St. Louis for Ryan Callahan and a pair of first round picks (2014, 2015).
- Just a reminder: If Cally re-signs with Tampa Bay, the Rangers get TBLs 2015 2nd and 7th round picks.
- Game One for the Conference Finals will be on Saturday at 1pm. The game will be nationally televised.
Things didn’t go so well for Martin St. Louis in his first 19 regular season games with the Rangers, but the trade for him on March 5th was never about the 82 games between October and April.
The deal was made because A) New York wasn’t going to re-sign Ryan Callahan and wanted max value in return, and B) St. Louis is of capable of carrying the Rangers much deeper into the postseason than Callahan is at this stage.
So sure, one goal in 19 games was a disappointment, and eight total points was pretty unimpressive. But everyone goes through a slump, and St. Louis clearly had a major adjustment to make upon arriving in the Big Apple.
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It’s sad to see Callahan go, but St. Louis is a special talent
The Ryan Callahan saga finally drew to a close yesterday in dramatic fashion. Boomer Esiason’s report from two weeks ago proved true as the Blueshirts dealt their captain, a 2015 first-round pick and a conditional 2014 second-round pick to the Lightning for Martin St. Louis. Despite plenty of rumors, the move came as quite a shock. It seemed like Callahan was inching closer to an extension with New York and that Tampa Bay was intent on hanging onto St. Louis until the offseason, but the deal quickly became a reality on Wednesday. There’s a lot to cover here, so let’s get to it.
– Even though we started discussing this possibility a long time ago, it was impossible to prepare for a Callahan trade. It will be very difficult to see him in another uniform. Callahan’s contract demands were much too high, but he was the heart and soul of this team for years and beloved by Rangers fans. It’s a real shame it had to come to this.
– That said, St. Louis and Callahan are on different levels as players. Callahan has exhibited more skill than many give him credit for, but he’s still really a second-line winger (and maybe a third-liner before long). St. Louis, on the other hand, is one of the elite players in the world, even as a 38-year-old. He led the league in scoring last season and is having another great year. Since Callahan entered the league, he has put up 254 points, while St. Louis has notched 622. It’s no contest. So despite how great Callahan was, you can’t help but be happy with the acquisition of St. Louis.
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The Rangers upgraded on Justin Falk as their 7D as the deadline expired, nabbing Raphael Diaz from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a 2015 5th round pick. Diaz has a line of 1-11-12 in split time with Montreal and Vancouver this season, and would be a solid fill in on the bottom pair in case of injury. This is a depth move for the Rangers.
It should be noted that Diaz has better #fancystats than both John Moore and Kevin Klein.
After months of negotiations, the Rangers could not strike a deal with their captain Ryan Callahan. Today, hours before the trade deadline, they sent their captain to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Martin St. Louis. The Rangers will also send a 1st round pick in 2015 and a 2nd round pick in 2014 (becomes a 1st if the Rangers make it to the conference finals) to Tampa. Confirmation came from Renaud Lavoie, and terms from Bob McKenzie.
If Cally re-signs in Tampa Bay, the Rangers will get Tampa’s 2nd rounder in 2015 and Tampa will get the Rangers 7th rounder in 2015.