July 23, 2012 12:00 AM
" Rangers general manager Glen Sather has been playing chicken with Scott Howson, his counterpart in Columbus, for quite a while.
Sather wanted Rick Nash, the kind of powerful scoring wing that the Rangers needed to go with their impressive collection of other talents, and Howson wanted the world in return even though Nash was begging to be traded and the Blue Jackets were going nowhere with him. Howson wanted Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider, but Sather said no each and every time while waiting for Howson to blink.
Howson blinked on Monday. The Rangers have acquired Nash and a minor league defenseman in exchange for forward Artem Anisimov, forward Brandon Dubinsky, defenseman Tim Erixon and a first-round pick.
It's hard not to call this deal a massive win for Sather. With Marian Gaborik potentially out for the start of the season, the Rangers desperately need someone who can consistently put the puck in the net and they landed him without giving up players they'll miss or copious cap space "
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