Nash

 

Fantasy Impact: The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded Rick Nash, a minor league defenseman and a third-round pick to the New York Rangers for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a 2013 first round draft pick, per TSN's Darren Dreger.

 

The Rangers get: a proven 40-goal scorer in Nash. We have waited years on Nash becoming the 50-goal, 90-point superstar and it hasn't happened yet. But Columbus failed to give him the supporting cast. In New York, the support is much better. But at this point, those two milestones still seem optimistic.

 

The Blue Jackets get: a top two-way defense prospect in Erixon, a solid second-line forward who is good in the dressing room in Dubinsky - kind of like another RJ Umberger. As well, they add Anisimov who at times seems like a solid future second-line center. At other times, he's cold as the ice he skates on.  

 

 

Fantasy Players Impacted: Erixon is close to being NHL-ready, which puts him on par with David Savard and Ryan Murray - three battling for one spot. And Erixon's presence means that John Moore isn't exactly safe. All four are great young D with a future and all four are on the cusp. May the best two win.

 

Dubinsky will replace Nash's spot in the Columbus lineup, but without as much ice time. That means more is freed up for Cam Atkinson, who really benefits with the move. In fact, Jackets' fans better hope Atkinson emerges this season or it will be a long one.

 

Anisimov will slot into the second line, pushing Mark Letestu to the fourth line. Ryan Johansen will remain on the third line, but his PP time is compromised, as two bodies for the PP have replaced one body. 

 

In New York, the arrival of Nash is certainly an upgrade to the Dubinsky spot. This pushes Chris Kreider, who was pencilled in on the first line, down to the second. But it does create a pretty solid 1-2 punch in terms of lines in New York. I really like the lines here:

 

Nash      Richards        Callahan

Kreider   Stepan          Gaborik

Pyatt      Boyle             Hagelin

 

 

While I'm at it, let's take a look at Columbus:

 

Dubinsky    Brassard    Atkinson

Prospal       Anisimov    Umberger

Foligno       Johansen    Dorsett

 

 

Fantasy Players this helps, in order:

1. Nash

2. Atkinson

3. Richards

4. Stepan

5. Anisimov

6. Michael Del Zotto

 

Fantasy Players this hurts, in order:

1. Savard/Moore/Murray

2. Derick Brassard

3. RJ Umberger

4. Jack Johnson/James Wisniewski/Nikita Nikitin 

 

 

 


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robmyatt said:

robmyatt
CLB is gonna be real bad Well, at least they can bank on Nathan MacKinnon
July 24, 2012
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donpaulo said:

donpaulo
... The deal with Hagelin is that he faded big time down the stretch and was MIA during the playoffs including taking a run at Dan Alfredsson for a suspension. Hopefully he comes into camp in top shape like last year when it was reported that he was training by running up hills, which is also what Jerry Rice used to do. I think Hagelin slots nicely either as a speed option on the 2nd line or playing in the checking role on the 3rd. However it happens its a good problem for NY to have. With Gabby out until November (at least) we can expect to see Carl Hagelin to get plenty of chances to generate offense, if he cashes in then the trade looks even better as NY can replace Dubinsky or Anisimov's offense plus the Nash bonus goals coming from his reach around the net or the rebounds that are bound to occur when he skates towards the goal line with the puck on his stick.

Kreider is going to come into camp with alot of hype and expectations on his shoulders. How he handles that is going to decide where he lines up this season (assuming there is one). This ranger fan can easily see him slot in on the 2nd line with Stepan, however I think Tortorella plans to use Kreiders speed on the wing which sets up some time on the 3rd line when Boyle can take the draws then hoist the puck up the wing for Kreider or Hagelin to hustle for. This was a common play for NY down the stretch and into the 2nd season.

Many in Rangersland lost the man crush on Dubinsky. His contract and ever tightening grip on the stick seemed to adversely affect his performance. Nobody gave more effort than the Brandon's last season, both Prust and Dub and I think NY is going to face some serious challenges answering them with the current roster. But looking at from Dubinsky's 4+ megabuck contract in exchange for Nash's 7+ makes it a no brainer.

Anisimov was the cost of doing business. Many liked his skating and occasional wizardry but the kid, despite his size does not take the body, skates with his head down too often and seems to brain freeze for long periods of time where his offense dries up and goes away. He is defensively very sound, strong on his skates, fights for the puck and should only get bigger but he is clearly still a work in progress. A very good 3rd liner and a marginal 2nd liner is how he played for NY. Hopefully he brings his talent and skill to CBJ to the next level because the blue jackets could use him.

Erixon was not going to be anything more than a 3rd line pairing for NY. I think he knew that and was hoping the numbers games would work for one of the more established players being traded so he could compete for 2nd pairing minutes. From what I saw of him he has good pucks skills but lacks any thump or physical authority, then again he is still very young. I find it sad that Cbus has quite a few similar young guys on the backline and that perhaps a few of them will suffer from the numbers game.

Columbus now have to go out and make the Kings and Rangers pay by using their 1st round picks to select NHL players. If they do that its a win for cbus, but if NY makes the finals it will be a wash as far as NY and her fans are concerned.
July 24, 2012
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JHM said:

JHM
Hagelin Another Hagelin wonderer here. With Anisimov and Dubinsky being replaced by Nash, that opens minutes. Hagelin has already earned some minutes, so getting a few more minutes each night, isn't an unrealistic development. He quietly had a very interesting season last year, jumping straight from college hockey. Small and skilled. I'm not suggesting he's the flavour of the day, every day.

Kreider will also have some ups and downs.

The definition between Top 6 and the others, also gained significant clarity with this deal. Dubinsky and Anisimov were clearly top 9 guys. The bottom six, with the possible exception of a single player??? now are grinders/checkers/fighters. I'll not be surprised when Hagelin produces in the 45-50 point window.

The Rangers certainly have a roster spot of Shane Doan now. With $13.0M in cap space, MDZ & Stralman unsigned... I bet Slats is phoning incessantly.
July 23, 2012
Votes: -1

Rollie1967 said:

Rollie1967
... Dubinsky and Anisimov could replace Nash's goals, where NY 'wins' this trade is the fact they have young top 9 players like Hagelin,Kreider ready now. IF Nash is able to shine playing with Richards/Gaborik then they will greatly benefit from this trade, but I dont think CLB did poorly. If Erixon pans out into the top 4 dman this year or next, and the top pick turns into a player- they could win this trade. NY could afford the talent to get Nash (and the contract). Columbus' roster doesnt look to bad- except for Mason in net.
July 23, 2012
Votes: -1

Still learning said:

Still learning
Nash Hi Dobber,
you say that Nash is the player that trade help the most... My question is by how much? How many points for Nash, next year?

Thanks in advance
July 23, 2012
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Anze said:

Anze
... Nash is an upgrade on Dubinsky, there are not in the same league. But I don't see 40 more goals. Dubinsky had 2 20+ goal season, before this mediocre year. Nash might be good for 40, but that's 20 more than Dubinsky. Now I really like Kreider, and if he scores 20, he replaces Anisimov and then some. But I can't add it to 40.
July 23, 2012
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austeane said:

austeane
... Happy Nash, Kreider, Stepan owner here! New York should score lots next year
July 23, 2012
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... @Knuckles

It is because Kreider was arguably the Rangers' best offensive player when we last saw the team in action while Hagelin did nothing in the playoffs.
July 23, 2012
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Manimal said:

Manimal
Anze My 'comment' was actually a question - hence the question mark.


July 23, 2012
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fzusher said:

fzusher
Erixon a Jacket Somewhere in a Calgary office, Jay Feaster is sitting with a big grin and thinking "karma" smilies/grin.gif
July 23, 2012
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Stunaman said:

Stunaman
... This is a home-run for NY Rangers. Nash is an elite talent... there will be no chemistry issues in NY... he played with crap in CBJ and still managed to put up points all these years. Now he'll line up with Richards/Gaborik and promising group of young guns. NY gets 40 goals more than they did last year (pretty much as dubinskiy/anisimov didn't contribute much). The stingy NY team just picked up a bazooka. I don't see how they won't put together a serious cup run.

Krieder - did you watch the playoffs? This kids hockey sense is off the charts. They were using him in all situations and he came up clutch in a couple games. I think he's got an exciting future...
July 23, 2012
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Knuckles said:

10th rounder
Kreider vs Hagelin Gotta ask, why everyone both Dobber & Tim Lucarelli (NYR off-season article) seem to be penciling in Kreider at top six wing spot over Hagelin? Hagelin had a very good rookie year vs Kreider's playoff stretch.

What am I missing? Is it due to Kreider's 1st round pedigree?

Yes - I own Hagelin in a keeper league.
July 23, 2012
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Anze said:

Anze
Manimal You can't be more wrong with your comment on Anisimov and Filatov.

Erixon is a good prospect, probably a solid #3 guy in a few years.

Anisimov is a big, but inconsistent, two-way center. Already played 3 full seasons, and just turned 24 last May. Will be good 2nd-3rd line center for many years. And I like Dubinsky.
With Nash contract and uncertainty about his potential with good linemates, I think Columbus got a fair return. But if Nash explodes, well, it won't look good.
July 23, 2012
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Manimal said:

Manimal
... Wow - I don't know much on Erixon's potential but seems like NY didn't give up a whole lot here. Anisimov seems like a filitov type no?
July 23, 2012
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... Happy Stepan owner here smilies/smiley.gif
July 23, 2012
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