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Remember The Rick Nash Trade?

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The immediate reviews were scathing.

Nash was going to have real players to play with in Manhattan — like Brad Richards — and would be so much more than he’d been able to be in Columbus. Fifty goals was the minimum, experts figured.

The old cliché of the-team-that-gets-the-best-player-wins-the-deal was trotted out. And poor Howson was treated like a country bumpkin for his efforts, like he’d been taken to the cleaners by wily old Glen Sather.

Eight months later, Howson was fired.

Well, here we are less than two years after the trade, and suddenly Howson, now a senior executive with the Edmonton Oilers, doesn’t look quite so dumb, does he?

The Jackets are loaded with young talent, including power forward Kerby Rychel of the Guelph Storm, a likely participant in the Mastercard Memorial Cup next week who was selected with that first-round pick acquired in the Nash deal. Dubinsky was a major force in the first round against Pittsburgh, Anisimov is a regular and Erixon has earned some NHL work.

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I don’t get all the hate on this guy.  If you watch the games, he is creating some havoc and he is looking pretty good.  He simply is not scoring.  Neither is Sid.  He had one bad giveaway trying to create something out of nothing and it resulted in a goal against.  That happens.  NYR fans need to chill out a bit.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 05/09/14 at 10:19 AM ET

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This has been the curse of the Rangers for 20 years now.

Posted by George0211 on 05/09/14 at 10:30 AM ET

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GTL,I just think Nash is a much different player after suffering a few concussions and may be a bit hesitant to play the same game he once did.

He isn’t driving to the net as often and does seem to be playing more of perimeter game.

The last concussion, you can see the video here, sure did not look like a bad hit, but he was out almost two months because of it.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/09/14 at 10:40 AM ET

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GTL,I just think Nash is a much different player after suffering a few concussions and may be a bit hesitant to play the same game he once did.

He isn’t driving to the net as often and does seem to be playing more of perimeter game.

The last concussion, you can see the video here, sure did not look like a bad hit, but he was out almost two months because of it.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area

Everything you wrote there, Paul, could just as easily apply to Franzen, including the nature of the hit that concussed him.

At least Franzen’s cap hit is half of what Nash’s is.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/09/14 at 11:05 AM ET

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It’s not just one game, his whole time in NY has been a bust, particularly at that price, and as the article points out, the same is true for Richards and MSL.  I’ve always liked these guys as players, but the point of the article is correct:  they haven’t produced, and NY gave up a lot and continues to pay a lot.  This is Sather’s history.  Acquiring big $ big name players that fail to produce.

Posted by cantskate on 05/09/14 at 01:04 PM ET

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Always thought Howsen won that trade. He also traded for Sergei Bobrovsky. He got the shaft from Davidson. He would make a good GM for Capitals or Canucks… Nash is overrated…

Posted by Puckbubba on 05/09/14 at 02:08 PM ET

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