Another big name has changed homes, and once again, the Red Wings have missed out.
The New York Rangers acquired forward Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets in a five-player deal Monday.
Detroit had been in the hunt for the five-time All-Star, but the Blue Jackets ultimately elected to trade their captain outside the division, rather than to their Central rivals.
In return for the 28-year old, the Blue Jackets received forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, defenseman Tim Erixon and New York's 2013 first-round draft pick.
The Rangers will also receive minor-league defenceman Steve Delisle and a conditional third-round pick from Columbus.
Amidst the Blue Jackets historically worst 2-12-1 start last season, reports swirled around Nash requesting a trade. The Red Wings were believed to be on a list of Nash's approved destinations. He fit the bill for the power forward the team--and really all 30 NHL teams--covet.
Nash's contract does not expire until after the 2017-18 season. The challenge of acquiring him through a trade was only met by the long-term commitment.
In 674 regular season games over nine seasons, Nash has 289 goals and 547 points. He was the first overall pick of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.