by PuckStopsHere on 07/24/12 at 03:37 PM ET
When the current CBA was agreed upon in 2005, Gary Bettman told us it would prevent all the talent from winding up in the larger markets. This was never true. Liberalization of free agency rules would make players more likely to come available on the market and available players would be more likely to go to the biggest markets. In the last few months the Columbus Blue Jackets have traded their two best players to the two biggest cities in the United States. Jeff Carter was traded to Los Angeles and Rick Nash has now been traded to New York. This is exactly the situation Bettman claimed would not happen in this CBA.
The Nash trade happened yesterday. It was about five months after we first learned that Nash wanted a trade from Columbus. I find it hard to understand why the process took five months. I don’t think this deal is any better than deals that were available five months ago. The deal was Nash, minor leaguer Steve Delisle and a conditional third round draft pick in 2013 to the New York Rangers for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a first round draft pick in 2013.
This leaves Columbus a last place team. Vinny Prospal and Derick Brassard are the only Columbus players who scored 40 points last season. The Blue Jackets only hope is that they manage to draft well to get out of this hole. They have three first round draft picks in 2013 - though likely two will be late in the first round.
As for New York, I don’t think this deal will lead to any improvements in 2012/13. They won the East Conference and made the semi-finals last year. They did so with poor puck possession numbers and will be without Marian Gaborik until Christmas or so.
Scott Howson has torn the Columbus Blue Jackets apart. It doesn’t look like there is much of a path forward to lead them to anything better. He should have been replaced as Blue Jacket GM a while ago. I don’t see how this Nash trade is a success for Columbus or why it was necessary to wait five months to get this deal.
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