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 Rangers||Age||Games||Points||Contract (July 1st)|
|Nikolai Zherdev, F||23||82||61||1 year, $2.5 million|
|Dan Fritsche, F||23||69||22||RFA|
|Fedor Tyutin, D||25||82||20||4 years, $2.844 million|
|Christian Backman, D||28||63||18||1 year, $2.3 million|