The deal comes on the heels of the Rangers’ acquisition of Ryane Clowe and makes sense from their standpoint, with Gaborik hardly happy and coach John Tortorella hardly happy with him.
Gaborik was asked to waive his no-trade clause prior to the deal being inked and that decision didn’t seem to take long. It was a deal that came out of left field, especially on the heels of Columbus’ dumping of Steve Mason to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Gaborik gets a fresh start in Columbus, so that has to be seen as a good thing for the Slovak winger. He had some trouble on the New York Rangers, a team that finds itself in the perpetual spotlight, and seems more comfortable in a quieter market. The move to Ohio should help.
The Rangers, meanwhile, did well for themselves in acquiring Brassard, Dorsett and Moore. Adding those three to Clowe piles up a pretty good bit of action over the last couple of days. It also rids them of a problem in the form of a less-than-stellar Gaborik.
Brassard, a 25-year-old centre from Hull, has 151 points in 275 NHL games so far. Dorsett, an alternate captain for the Blue Jackets, was drafted by Columbus in 2006 and has 56 points in 256 NHL games. Finally, Moore is a 22-year-old defenceman drafted by the Jackets in 2009. He has 69 games of experience in the NHL.
So there’s another one. Gaborik to the Blue Jackets makes sense for Columbus because they can pick up some offence and start putting together an attack in the post-Nash era. And the Rangers rid themselves of a problem and a player who never really panned out as planned. Here’s to fresh starts.