I really didn't expect Erixon to be going the other way. Dubinsky and Anisimov and the 1st, yes. Not Erixon.
Sad about Anisimov, I've been rooting for him since he was on the Wolfpack. If he ever manages to stay on his feet after any kind of contact, he'll develop into a solid 2B center with great defensive play. As is, he's a solid 3 center. Blow for our center depth in the short-term.
Still, Erixon with his upside seems like the biggest long-term loss.
Really didn't think the cost would be this high, especially considering Nash's cap hit and the uncertainty of the new CBA. Still, excited about the possibility of actual scoring depth on the wing.
Guess things will be interesting this season. If only Gaborik weren't hurt, that didn't help with negotiations I'm sure.
In exchange for Nash, the Blue Jackets have acquired forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, defenseman Tim Erixon and a first-round pick, according to TSN. The Blue Jackets also send a third-round pick and a minor-league defenseman to the Rangers, The Dispatch has confirmed.
It's a perfectly fine deal in terms of assets. Terrific value. Howson is a loser. It's an incredibly risky move with that cap hit. Shame about Artie, though. I think he has the makings of a terrific third line center in this league. Great guy in the room, too. No Russians on the team anymore, don't like that.
I think the cap hit will be ok. I don't think they intend to give Gaborik another contract after this one runs out. As goods as he's been, he'll be 32 at that point and he continues to have a lot of injuries. Between shipping off Dubinsky and Anisimov's cap hits and Gaborik's expiring contract they'll be fine. The new CBA may also help them out with some new tools for teams retaining their own players.