Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Alex Galchenyuk Signs, Rick Nash to Rangers, Kostitsyn, Julien and More

Rick Nash - Columbus Blue Jackets v Colorado Avalanche
Happy Tuesday Hab fans!

Finally, the Rick Nash Saga is over, as the star winger has been traded to the New York Rangers.

In return, the Columbus Blue Jackets received Artem Anisimiov, Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon and a 2013 first round pick.

Many are quick to praise the Rangers for this move, especially since they were not forced to give up any perceived core pieces. Still, I can't help but wonder if Nash is really the answer to their offensive woes. After all, in his NHL career, the forward has only reached the 70-point plateau once.

What are your thoughts on the move?

Habs and Hockey News

- In Habs news, third overall pick Alex Galchenyuk signed an entry level deal with the organization. Including bonuses, his cap-hit will be $3.25 million.

- Our Sean Lloyd profiles blueliner Raphael Diaz

- Darren Dreger comments on the Rick Nash deal and offers the latest on Shea Weber. Meanwhile at ESPN, Scott Burnside argues that the Blue Jackets obtained too many maybes in return for their star winger. Finally, The Hockey News' Ken Campbell feels like Nash still has much too prove.

- Kris Versteeg and former Hab Sergei Kostitsyn re-sign with their respective clubs, thus avoiding arbitration.

- Former Montreal bench boss Claude Julien signs an extension with the Boston Bruins.

(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America)


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