Rangers deal for Zherdev
Sources tell TSN the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers have completed a trade. The Rangers will get Nikolai Zherdev and Dan Fritsche, with Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman going to Columbus.No rest for the weary.
The Rangers certainly have something funky going on on their blueline. In comes Wade Redden at an unreal price point, Michal Rozsival comes back on a huge contract, and out go two serviceable blueliners on contracts worth a combined $5-million.
Salary coming the other way is Zherdev's $2.5-million deal, with Fritsche, an RFA, yet to be signed.
The deal gives New York a bit more leeway, and they're going to need it given there's now just under $10-million free and only four NHL defencemen on the roster. There's also the little matter of a lack of wingers to address, as Zherdev becomes the third highest paid forward on the team.
If Jaromir Jagr comes back, however, they could be dangerous up front.
For Columbus, they pick up two second-pairing blueliners to go with all of the others they have. The Blue Jackets have essentially replaced Adam Foote and Ron Hainsey (who signed in Atlanta today) with Mike Commodore, Tyutin and Backman.
Zherdev was worth more than they got, and now Rick Nash has even less to work with up front. Columbus has an incredible $22.5-million under the cap to work with, although contracts for R.J. Umberger and Pascal Leclaire are pending.
It's been one step forward and another back for GM Scott Howson so far. He needs to land some of the big free agents.