The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, defenseman Tim Erixon and a first round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft from the New York Rangers in exchange for forward Rick Nash, defenseman Steven Delisle and a conditional third round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, club Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Howson announced today. The conditional pick will be returned to the Blue Jackets if the Rangers make the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. The trade is pending all players passing a physical.
“We are excited to complete this trade today as we believe the acquisitions of Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov and Tim Erixon, along with moves we made over the past several months to acquire Jack Johnson, Nick Foligno, Sergei Bobrovsky and Ryan Murray, have advanced the club and put us in a stronger position to achieve our goal of winning the Stanley Cup,” said Howson. “We are grateful to Rick Nash for all he has given to our organization, his generosity, and we wish him all the best in the next chapter of his career.”
Dubinsky, 26, has registered 81 goals and 132 assists for 213 points with 457 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +24 in 393 career NHL games with the Rangers from 2006-12. He set career highs with 24-30-54 during the 2010-11 season, leading the Rangers in goals, assists and points. He has added 7-10-17 and 46 penalty minutes in 31 career Stanley Cup playoff games.
The Rangers’ sixth pick, 60th overall, in the 2004 NHL Draft, Dubinsky has also represented the United States at the 2008 and 2010 World Championships. The Anchorage, Alaska, native led the Team USA in assists and points with 3-7-10 and two penalty minutes at the 2010 tournament. He appeared in 71 games with the Rangers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, during the 2006-07 season and collected 21-22-43 and 115 penalty minutes. Prior to his professional career, he spent four seasons with the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks and tallied 82-148-230 and 430 penalty minutes in 234 games from 2002-06. He was named to the WHL West Second All-Star Team in 2004 and 2006.
Anisimov, 24, (pronounced a-NEE-see-mawv) has notched 46-62-108 with 86 penalty minutes and a cumulative +13 plus/minus rating in 244 career NHL games with the Rangers from 2008-12. He collected 16-20-36, 34 penalty minutes and was +12 in 79 games in 2011-12, one season after setting career highs with 18-26-44 and 20 penalty minutes in 82 games.
A native of Yaroslavl, Russia, Anisimov was the Rangers’ second pick, 54th overall in the 2006 NHL Draft. He spent the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons with Hartford, where he recorded 53-71-124, 80 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +28 in 154 AHL games. He ranked fourth in the AHL in goals and fifth in points with 37-44-81 in 80 games during the 2008-09 season. Prior to his North American career, he spent three seasons playing for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in Russia.
Erixon, 21, was the Calgary Flames’ first pick, 23rd overall, in the 2009 NHL Draft. He made his North American debut during the 2011-12 season and split the campaign between the Rangers and their AHL affiliate, the Connecticut Whale. He made his NHL debut against Los Angeles on October 7 and went on to appear in 18 games with the Rangers, tallying 0-2-2 and eight penalty minutes in 18 games. He notched 3-30-33, 42 penalty minutes and was +5 in 52 games with Connecticut to lead club defensemen in assists and rank second in points.
Erixon, who was born in Port Chester, New York and has dual U.S.-Swedish citizenship, spent six seasons playing in Sweden from 2005-11 and collected 14-30-44 and 96 penalty minutes in 140 games with Skelleftea in the Swedish Elite League from 2007-11. He has represented Sweden at the 2008 (silver medal), 2009 (silver medal) and 2010 (bronze medal) World Junior Championships and the 2010 World Championships (bronze medal).
Nash is the Blue Jackets’ all-time leader in games played (674), goals (289), assists (258), points (547), power play goals (83), power play points (182), game-winning goals (44), shorthanded goals (14), hat tricks (5), shots on goal (2,278), multi-goal games (45) and multi-point games (136). He led the club in club in goals (30) for the eighth-straight season and points (59) for the fifth-straight season in 2011-12, while setting a career high in games played (82).
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