Deal with Columbus brought Rangers three key players

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Derick Brassard celebrates his second-period goal against the

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Derick Brassard celebrates his second-period goal against the Washington Capitals with teammates John Moore #17 and Rick Nash #61 during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (May 12, 2013) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

The Rangers would not be where they are without the deadline- day deal that sent Marian Gaborik to the Blue Jackets for three players, all of whom are making an impact this postseason.

The Rangers also would not be able to do much of anything this coming offseason without that deal. In fact, the salary-cap flexibility created when Gaborik, a two-time 40-goal scorer and seeming untouchable,...

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