With New York Rangers forward Derick Brassard emerging as an important member of his team, it seems appropriate to re-examine the trade that sent skilled sniper Marian Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The gist of the trade
The Rangers sent Gaborik to the Blue Jackets in exchange for Derek Dorsett, John Moore and Brassard.
The Rangers’ angle
Brassard: Of the players acquired in the above trade, none has made a greater impact for the Rangers than Brassard. A former sixth-overall pick that didn’t pan out in Columbus, the native of Hull, Quebec, has blossomed on Broadway, scoring 45 points (22 goals, 23 assists) in 57 games this season and 161 points (64 goals, 97 assists) in 231 games overall. Brassard has developed chemistry with Mats Zuccarello and J.T. Miller, another supposed first-round bust, scoring a number of key goals this season. With a relatively manageable cap hit for what he brings to the table ($5 million for the next three seasons after this one), Brassard has proven himself to be an important member of the Rangers’ core.
Dorsett: A noted pugilist, Dorsett didn’t have much of an impact on Broadway during his 51-game tenure. Though he did score eight points (four goals, four assists) and get in some scraps (128 penalty minutes), Dorsett’s time with the Rangers wasn’t much to remark over.
Moore: A player who got a lot more of the Broadway experience than Dorsett, Moore stands out as a young player show just never panned out for the Rangers. Though he did play 125 games in New York, Moore only managed to score 27 points (six goals, 21 assists) and was ultimately shipped out with Anthony Duclair as part of the trade that brought Keith Yandle to the Rangers. While Moore didn’t do much to get on the Rangers’ bad side specifically, he just didn’t play well enough to warrant a consistent spot in the team’s deep defensive corps.
The Blue Jackets’ angle
Gaborik: When the Blue Jackets acquired Gaborik at the 2013 trade deadline, they were expecting the three-time 40-goal scorer to jump start their offense. While the Slovak did reasonably well to end his first partial season with the team, scoring eight points (three goals, five assists) in 12 games, he underperformed to start the next season, scoring just 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 22 games, a far cry from the 666 points (333 goals, 333 assists) in 757 games Gaborik had scored with the Rangers and Minnesota Wild. The winger was eventually shipped out to the Los Angeles Kings for Matt Frattin, a second-round pick and a conditional third-round pick. Despite having impressive credentials prior to joining the Blue Jackets, Gaborik never found the vaunted scoring touch in Columbus that he had in previous seasons with the Rangers and Wild, ultimately playing just 34 games in Ohio.
Although some doubted the Rangers for trading Gaborik for a trio of relatively unknown players, the trade seems to have worked out largely in the Rangers’ favor. While Moore and Dorsett have been sent packing from New York, Brassard seems to have finally developed into the type of player the Blue Jackets expected him to be when they selected him in the first round of the 2006 NHL draft. Furthermore, though he did post some decent numbers for Columbus, Gaborik’s short time with the Blue Jackets is almost certainly considered a disappointment, considering the winger went on to win a Stanley Cup with the team he was traded to.
The Rangers won the trade, as Brassard has turned into an important member of the team’s core, while Gaborik was sent packing after only playing 34 games for the Blue Jackets.