TSN reports the NY Rangers are waiting for Marian Gaborik to waive his no-trade clause to accept a trade to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Details to follow…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The return for the Rangers is Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett and John Moore. Gaborik has agreed to be traded. This is huge! No one would’ve expected this to happen when the season began.
Gaborik’s name was kicking around the rumor mill for a month reportedly for a defenseman and a couple of grinding forwards. Dorsett will fill that role, while Brassard was considered more of a skill forward who wasn’t working out with the Blue Jackets, but should provide depth at center for the Rangers.
This should address the Rangers desire for more roster depth, but they are losing a talented scorer in Gaborik, even though he has struggled this season.
As for the Blue Jackets, it’s ironic how the roles have reversed since last summer, when they dealt Rick Nash to the Rangers. Back then, the Blue Jackets were a struggling club desperate to rebuild, while the Rangers were considered a possible Cup contender. I’m not suggesting the pickup of Gaborik makes the Blue Jackets Cup contenders, but it could certainly bolster their hopes of making the playoffs this year. He’s being reunited with former Rangers Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, and should feel more relaxed playing under a less harsh spotlight in Columbus.