The Columbus Blue Jackets are, to use an old cliche, going for it.
Columbus pulls off perhaps the biggest surprise of the deadline, sending forwards Derick Brassard and Derek Dorsett, as well as defenseman John Moore to the New York Rangers in exchange for Marian Gaborik. Gaborik has agreed to waive his no-trade clause, completing the deal.
This ends a middling, somewhat controversial season for Gaborik, who's scored nine goals and 10 assists and remained in head coach John Tortorella's doghouse most of the way. Gaborik has one season left after this one on a five-year, $37.5 million contract. His cap hit is at $7.5 million. Gaborik has 333 career goals in 757 career games with Minnesota and New York.
Brassard was once a sixth-overall draft pick by Columbus in 2006, but hasn't really turned into the top flight player you expect that high a pick to be, despite being a regular with the Blue Jackets. He has just 58 goals in 309 career NHL games, with his top season coming in 2010-11, when he scored 17 goals and 47 points in 74 games.
Moore was Columbus' 21st-overall selection in the 2009 NHL Draft, and he also hasn't quite caught on as a regular. He's played in 17 games with Columbus this season, after topping out at 67 last season. Dorsett was a seventh-round pick in the 2006 Draft. His best season was in 2011-12, when he tallied 20 points in 77 games. He's the oldest of the three pieces Columbus sent to New York at 26 years old.
This marks the second major trade between the Rangers and Columbus in nine months. Last July, Columbus sent Rick Nash to New York for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a first-round pick. Both Columbus and New York sit just outside their respective playoff races this season, with the Rangers in ninth and the Blue Jackets in 11th. Both are two points or less behind the eighth seed in their respective conference.