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NHL roundup: Rangers acquire Rick Nash

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The Blue Jackets finally granted Rick Nash his wish, dealing the team's career record holder in almost every offensive category to the Rangers in a blockbuster trade Monday.

Columbus received forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, defenseman Tim Erixon and a first-round pick in 2013. The Blue Jackets also sent defenseman Steven Delisle and a conditional third-round draft pick next year that will be returned if the Rangers reach the Stanley Cup Finals.

Nash, who is only 28, owns most of Columbus' career offensive records and asked the front office for a trade in January. No deal was consummated before the February trade deadline during the season or before last month's NHL draft as general manager Scott Howson insisted he wouldn't trade Nash for less than "market value."

Nash had six teams on his "approved" list to be dealt to. The Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks were the other five teams on the list, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Nash brings a coveted proven scoring threat to the Rangers, who averaged only 2.15 goals per game during the playoffs last season. He has 30-plus goals in seven of nine NHL season, including 30 goals to go with 29 assists last season.

However, Nash also has six years and $62.4 million remaining on his contract.

---The Florida Panthers skipped salary arbitration by signing forward Kris Versteeg to a four-year contract Monday with an average value of $4.4 million per season.

Versteeg was scheduled for an arbitration hearing Monday.

Versteeg, 26, scored 23 goals in 71 games last season and had a career-high 54 points. He set a franchise record with 25 points in a 20-game span, including a hat trick on Nov. 10.

---The Carolina Hurricanes have signed left wing Drayson Bowman to a two-year contract that will pay Bowman $600,000 at the NHL level or $105,000 at the AHL level in 2012-13. He will be paid $600,000 in 2013-14.

Bowman, 23, split the 2011-12 season between the Hurricanes and Charlotte of the AHL. With Carolina, Bowman had six goals and seven assists in 37 games.

-- Nail Yakupov, the No. 1 overall pick in last month's NHL Draft, has signed a three-year, entry level contract with the Edmonton Oilers. No financial terms were disclosed.

Yakupov, 18, became the first Russian-born player selected No. 1 at the NHL Draft since Alex Ovechkin went to the Washington Capitals in 2004.
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