On a relatively quiet NHL Trade Deadline day on Wednesday, the Rangers made the biggest splash by trading winger Marian Gaborik and minor league defensemen Steven Delisle and Blake Parlett to the Columbus Blue Jackets for forwards Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, defenseman John Moore, and a 2014 sixth round draft pick.
Wednesday's deal came on the heels of one Tuesday night in which the Rangers acquired 30 year-old winger Ryane Clowe from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for three draft picks. Like Clowe, Brassard and Dorsett are hard-nosed, physical players. And like Clowe, Brassard, in particular, can be a regaulr contributor offensively.
The 25 year-old Brassard, was the sixth overall selection in the 2006 NHL Draft. Twice he has scored 40+ points, two years ago totaling career-highs across the board with 17 goals, 30 assists, and 47 points. Brassard has 58 goals, 111 assists, and 169 points in 309 career NHL games.
This season the 6-foot-1, 202-pound Brassard appeared in 34 games with the improving Blue Jackets, scoring seven goals and totaling 18 points.
Dorsett, 26, has been sidelined the past four weeks with a broken clavicle. He had accumulated 53 penalty minutes and nine points in 24 games before suffereing the injury.
The 6-foot, 195-pound Dorsett has 727 career penalty minutes in 280 games, to go along with 27 goals and 65 points. Last year Doresett led the NHL with 235 penalty minutes, and also established career-highs with 12 goals and 20 points.
Like Brassard, the 22 year-old Moore is also a former first-round pick of the Blue Jackets. Moore was selected 21st overall back in 2009, and has appeared in 86 NHL games, totaling two goals and eight points. This season in 17 games Moore had one assist.
The threesome of Brassard, Dorsett, and Moore will be reunited in New York with their former Columbus captain Rick Nash, who was acquired in a blockbuster deal last summer. Nash currently leads the Rangers in all offensive categories with 13 goals, 17 assists, and 30 points.
Gaborik spent three-and-a-half seasons with the Rangers, twice scoring more than 40 goals---including the 41 he tallied a year ago. In 255 games with the Blueshirts after signing as an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2009, Gaborik scored 114 goals and totaled 229 points. This year he was 9-10-19 in 35 contests.
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