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Rick Nash traded to Rangers

The Columbus Blue Jackets will trade All-Star forward Rick Nash to the New York Rangers. The Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline and TSN's Darren Dreger were the first to report the trade.

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Nash had reportedly requested a trade last January, and his name has been floated in trade rumors throughout the offseason. Columbus reportedly turned down other offers for the five-time All-Star, but many reporters on Twitter questioned how much the Blue Jackets got in return for Nash in the deal with New York.

Getting rid of Nash's contract was likely a major motivation for Columbus. Nash is through three years of an eight-year, $62.4 million contract, and the Blue Jackets will now have more flexibility.

Columbus received forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, defenseman Tim Erixon and a first-round pick in return for Nash.

Nash holds the Blue Jackets' team records in goals, assists and points. He led the league with 41 goals during his second season in the league, 2003-04, and has made the All-Star team five times. He has scored at least 30 goals in the past five seasons.

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