Numbers Don't Lie: Why Rick Nash Is Detrimental to the Rangers' Gameplan

Scott AbusoCorrespondent IMay 31, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23:  Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers and Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the New Jersey Devils vie for the puck in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 23, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Well, it's officially the offseason for this Rangers fan, folks, and you know what that means—time to stir the pot.

Given the nature in which my team made its postseason exit, I've spent a great deal of time deciding what must be fixed for the New York Rangers before October rolls in.

It appears to me that, according to most fans, the Rangers must make a big trade for Rick Nash.  These same fans so easily place players like Brandon Dubinsky, Michael Del Zotto, and even Marian Gaborik (I know, I know) and some top prospects on the chopping block.  Their reasoning? "They take up too much cap space." Well, I'm not sure if these fans know how cap space works, but I'd like to personally explain why trading for Rick Nash is simply the wrong move.

At this point in time, Brandon Dubinsky takes up 4.2 million dollars in cap space and produced 34 points.  Rick Nash has a cap hit of 7.8 million dollars and produced 59 points.  One could possibly argue that 25 offensive points is worth 3.6 million dollars, but it would be a stretch. 

Besides that, if one trades for Rick Nash, they take on his entire contract.  I feel as though people think if we trade for him, he suddenly re-writes his terms.  He would be a New York Ranger until the 2018-2019 season while Brandon Dubinsky would be with them until the 2015-2016 season. 

I understand that Dubinsky had a terrible year, but is it worth adding an extra $3.6 million for three more years? What if Nash has a bad few years? Sure, Dubinsky might not pick up his game this year, but even if he doesn't he'll be gone before the Rangers could even dream of dumping a washed-up Rick Nash.

To put it simply, trading for Rick Nash seems like a quick fix.  The Rangers pick up a scoring power forward, and drop a guy who under-performed last year.  While it seems like a legitimate solution, it would place the Rangers in a terrible position for the future.  

Even if you do wind up thinking that Nash is worth Dubinsky and some prospects, it's important to note that after the 2013-2014 season, Artem Anisimov, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin, Ryan McDonagh and Michael Sauer all become restricted free agents. After the 2014-2015 season, the Rangers will see Marian Gaborik, Ryan Callahan, Brian Boyle, Mike Rupp, Dan Girardi and Henrik Lundqvist become unrestricted free agents, while Chris Kreider will be a restricted free agent. 

Essentially, the Rangers would be replacing Dubinsky and some prospects with a guy who costs almost twice as much money and would be around for a long time in the midst of big free agency dilemmas. 

Is that really the situation the New York Rangers should put themselves in?  It may just be me, but the names Drury, Bure and Gomez seem to come to mind when i think of this deal going through.

Should the Rangers, who are trying to stick to a mindset where youth development and smart drafting should trump huge deals for players who have passed their peak, trade away a talented player in Dubinsky and some prospects whose potential is not known, for someone who is the lead scorer on one of the worst (sorry Columbus fans) teams in the NHL? I say absolutely not, but clearly some people beg to differ.

Please, sound off in the comments below, I'll answer any questions as best as I can, and try to clarify anything I might not have hit the first time around.