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Report: Rick Nash Heading to the Rangers

Jul 23, 2012, 2:41 PM EDT

As originally reported by TSN's Darren Dreger, Rick Nash is heading to the Big Apple on Monday after the New York Rangers sent a package of four pieces to the Columbus Blue Jackets

After many months of speculation, including multiple flirtations with the Flyers, the Columbus Blue Jackets have finally separated with captain Rick Nash. Unfortunately for the Orange and Black, they’ll still be seeing a lot of the five-time All Star after all.

As initially reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger, Nash appears to be heading to the Big Apple on Monday after the New York Rangers sent a package of four pieces: Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, prospect Tim Erixon, and a first-round pick. It sounds like no small price to pay for sure, though certainly not even close to what Columbus was holding out for — and in the scary-deep Atlantic Division, obviously the Rangers felt they needed to do something to keep up the pace.

Update: the Rangers also get a conditional third-round pick and minor leaguer Steven Deslisle in return.

It’s not unreasonable to conclude, as several have already, that Philly’s offer sheet to Shea Weber prompted action on New York’s part. Adding a player who has averaged 32 goals a season over his nine-year career is a worthy counter punch.

The Rangers finished on top of the Atlantic last season, one point ahead of the Penguins and six above the Flyers, before falling in the Eastern Conference Finals to New Jersey. NY also defeated Philly in all six head-to-heads.

At least it’s over, but for Flyers fans, not exactly a happy ending — unless of course Weber winds up a Flyer two days from now.