While it's not the best deal in the world, I don't see the "fleecing" as some are. I think these are decent acquisitions that came back the other way, could even flourish better as their roles are about to become more important to your franchise. I think only time will tell on this one.
this trade isn't as bad as fans of other teams make it seem. Howson is just today's whipping boy.
This gives the Bluejackets good depth, Erixson a former 1st round pick, Anisimov, a former 2nd round pick. Dubinsky is a competent 2nd line center who is still young. And on top of it, you add another 1st round pick for one of the best draft years in a very long time.
Not only that, this is the type of trade where the assets will help the Bluejackets immediately. I wouldn't be disappointed with this trade considering Nash's cap hit and the restrictions that comes with trading him (nmc).