Red Wings miss out: Rick Nash traded to Rangers

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.

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