Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Blue Jackets and Rangers Swap

Just in case you were missing all those trades from yesterday morning, a deal came down the pipe between the Blue Jackets and the Rangers. Columbus sends forward Nikolai Zherdev and restricted free agent forward, Dan Fritsche to New York for veteran blueliners, Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman.

On the surface, the deal looks pretty straight forward. The Columbus Blue Jackets unload a couple of troublesome forwards and pick up a couple of defensive defensemen. The Blue Jackets also get a little bit more salary to take up space to get up to the salary floor. The New York Rangers get a little bit younger and a little flashier on the offensive side.

Zherdev could very well be the biggest part of this deal, either way. If he comes into his own and becomes an offensive juggernaut in the Big Apple, the Rangers could easily walk away with a win in this deal. If he falls on his face, the defensive value the Blue Jackets received in Tyutin and Backman won't be challenged.

To New York RangersAgeGamesPointsContract (July 1st)
Nikolai Zherdev, F2382611 year, $2.5 million
Dan Fritsche, F236922RFA
To Columbus
Fedor Tyutin, D2582204 years, $2.844 million
Christian Backman, D2863181 year, $2.3 million

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