The saga and it was a saga has finally ended and Rick Nash is on his way to the New York Rangers and the Columbus Blue Jackets can start to look forward to their future in the NHL without the team revolving around one individual and there are plenty of reasons why the Columbus Blue Jackets benefited from moving Rick Nash to the New York Rangers.
Nash, still rated by many as one of the NHL picks, deserves to play for a contender and with him having gone to a team that can provide that it leaves the Blue Jackets to build a legitimate hockey team before placating the desires of a superstar.
The Nash era didn’t bring the success the Blue Jackets thought it would and they had terrible trouble in trying to find complementary talent. Whether through the draft, free agency or trade, nothing seemed to go right for them. Now at least they don’t have to deal with the demands that Nash imposed upon them, although they are a weaker team for it – but the move needed making.
The Rangers was also the right destination for the ex-captain as it means that Blue Jackets fans won’t see that much of him for the rest of his career - he is now the problem of the Northeast Division, which is arguably the best division in the NHL.
The departure of Nash has also allowed the Blue Jackets to upgrade and they will be a very different team from the abysmal team that took to the ice last season and they now look to have some strength in depth and it will be a team that is about more than one person.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have had a terrible history thus far in the NHL. With the movement of Rick Nash, the last bit of the old era is finally gone. Now, the team can actually concentrate on building a young and talented squad, instead of trying to cut corners for a playoff berth to appease Rick Nash.
Last season is gone and should be forgotten and it’s time for the Blue Jackets to move forward without Nash and to a brighter future, where they can harbour hope of defying NHL betting tips.