If there's one piece that has a chance to be a game changer for the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Rick Nash trade, it would have to be defensive prospect Tim Erixon. The Rangers acquired Erixon, the 23rd overall pick in the 2009 draft, from the Calgary Flames in exchange for two second round picks and prospect Roman Horak.
Erixon had refused to sign with Calgary after being drafted, a decision that facilitated the trade to the Rangers. That's concerning for a team like Columbus, which doesn't exactly hold the reputation as a club with a ton of promise in their future. Blue Jackets blog The Cannon explains:
I have a very hard time accepting Erixon as a piece of the deal. His pouting in Calgary gives me serious pause when it comes to how loyal he'll be to the Jackets. Dubinsky should fit in well, while Anisimov adds some size and skill up the middle. He will likely team with Derick Brassard as the team's top-six centermen.
The biggest question from the Blue Jackets perspective: Why was the ultimate fetch so much lower than Scott Howson's original asking price? Did he realize it was too much to ask and that he would never get what he desired, or was that all just posturing to begin with?