So I obviously missed a lot of what happened post deadline, so here's a recap.
After the trade deadline came and went without Rich Nash being traded to the Rangers or anyone else for that matter, Columbus GM Scott Howson decided throw his star player under the bus by telling Blue Jacket Nation their favorite player asked out of Columbus (via Puck Daddy)...
"With respect to Rick Nash, he approached us and asked us to consider trading him. We agreed to accommodate his request as long as we could get a deal that would provide us with cornerstone pieces to help us to compete for a Stanley Cup championship in the coming years. It did not happen by 3 o'clock today. This is too important to our franchise and our fans to do a deal that is not in our best interests."
So what was this package that Howson didn't think was enough for Nash?
Larry Brooks at the New York Post reported the Rangers final offer was Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, J.T. Miller, Christian Thomas and a first-round pick.
...not sure if I'm more shocked Howson turned the deal down or that Sather offered that much.
...guess Howson is banking on playoff failure from the Rangers or Sharks to raise Nash's price this off-season. He better hope that happens, because there was plenty in that package from the Rangers to start a serious rebuild.
While some Rangers fans weren't happy the Blueshirts didn't get Nash, two prospects were pretty happy they weren't part of a package for the Columbus sniper...
So if the Rangers didn't get Nash, who did they get? Sheldon Souray? Teemu Selanne? Ryan Smyth? Nope, John Scott.
Other than wanting to boost the Rangers average size (Scott is 6', 8"), not really sure where he fits in. Guess you can always use some size on defense.
For more on Scott click here.
So why didn't the Rangers make a significant move at the deadline? I'll let Sather tell you..
...while the lack of a significant move to upgrade the power play may come back to bite them this season, by not trading away any of their young core or top prospects the Rangers have set themselves up to be perennial Stanley Cup contenders for the next decade. Not a bad consolation prize.
...that is unless Sather decides to reconcile trade talks for Nash in the offseason.
While you guys took out half of Bloguin in the process, I want to thank all of you for making TheNYRBlog your home for the 2012 Trade Deadline. It means a lot.
Just by reading all the blogs, it is obvious that the higher percetage of Rangers fans ( present company included) are pleased that the trade did not go through.I like Nash a lot but the asking price was too high. Can't trade away so many high quality prospects. We'll be in great shape in a couple of years and many more after that..
I'll be completely honest...I love the Scott pickup. We got him for almost nothing, he's a HUGE guy, and while he may not be much of a player, I've watched some clips of him. He doesn't just win fights, he destroys anyone who messes with his teammates. Every fight I've seen him in, there's been blood. Also, if you remember the one goal by the Blackhawks that wasn't through Marty's fivehole, where he was screened by a giant...Scott was that giant.
I was on the tarmac at LAX refreshing my phone waiting for the latest updates. I was kinda thankful when my flight was delay-we were supposed to take off at 11:40 (2:40 EST).
But then the blog crashed........
I just can't fathom what's going through Howson's head? He turns down a deal for a bunch of young players, then says that his guy asked for a trade. That weakens, not stengthens, his position after the season, regardless of what other teams do in the playoffs. Especially since guys like Semin and Parise are free agents this year, and Crosby, Iginla, Perry, and Getzlaf are UFAs in 2013. He clearly missed his window!
I just never understood the fascination with Nash. Rangers already have 2 of the top 20 goal scorers in the league this year. Hard to add a missing piece when you don't even know which piece is missing!
I'll be blunt. Thank goodness Howson was a bigger ass than Sather, in that he rejected an excellent package that never should have been offered in the first place, showing that Sather hasn't changed his stripes all that much. Stay with the youth movement and add through free agency.
@TheNYRBlog how does Clarkson not get suspended for that hit he clearly sought out Dubinsky after their words, and clearly launched himself
@TheNYRBlog Isn't Columbus GM Scott Howson in a lame duck situation? We thought he wasn't coming back.
@AnnoyingJoe You got a good point joe,but on the flip side if you have a great player who's desire is to win a Stanley cup and he feel's that he's team is going in the wrong direction,can you blame him for wanting out? I agree that Columbus is not going to win the cup for quite a while especially competing in the confrence with the likes od Detrioit and Vancouver, it is a tough call as to whoe's right or wrong.
@JoshKaye I didn't know much about this guy and while he won't fill the net...you are dead on! This guy doesn't just hit people he snaps their heads around! It's unreal. He won't be on the sam level as other fan favs but he's gonna have his share of love at the garden.
@JoshKaye Well I like this scouting report.
@broseph973 Good point.