The Rangers have made another major trade with Columbus. During the summer, the Blueshirts acquired Rick Nash for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov and Tim Erixon.
Today they sent Marian Gaborik to Columbus for C Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, D John Moore and a sxith-round pick, multiple reports say.
The struggling Gaborik, who has scored 40 goals or more three times in the past six years, has been warring with coach John Tortorella, and had been dropped lower in the lineup.
Gaborik, who is 33, has one more year on his contract, with a $7.5 million cap hit, had to waive his no-trade clause. He did not skate in the Rangers optional morning skate today.
The right wing joins his former teammates, who may help him rebuild his confidence. He had just 9 goals and 10 assists in 35 games.
Brassard is 7-11-18 in 34 games, and a minus-2. Dorsett is 3-6-9 in 24 games. Moore is 0-1-1 in 17 games. So the Rangers get help at center, in toughness and on defense.
So the Rangers, scrambling to make the playoffs with 14 games to play in the regular season, decided to remake their roster quickly.
Winger Ryan Clowe, acquired from San Jose for three draft picks yesterday, will be in the lineup tonight against the Penguins.
It is doubtful that the Blue Jackets can be here in time for tonight's game, but should be at practice tomorrow. The Rangers may need a lower-line forward tonight, perhaps Matt Gilroy plays on the fourth line.