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21 March 2013: New York Rangers right wing Marian Gaborik (10) scores a goal past Florida Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom (35) during NHL hockey action between the Florida Panthers and New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y. Photographer: Will Schneekloth/Icon Sportswire
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Rangers still seeing payoff from 2013 Gaborik trade

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On April 3, 2013, the New York Rangers traded Marian Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Three years later, on July 18, 2016, they sent away the final piece acquired in the that trade, moving Derick Brassard to the Ottawa Senators for Mika Zibanejad.

The Marian Gaborik trade was a big one from the beginning, as it signaled a shift from a two-line powerhouse to a depth-driven team in the Big Apple. However, the trade has continued to have major ripples over the years.

The trade sent Gaborik to the Blue Jackets for Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, and John Moore. The trio immediately helped the Rangers to a victory the same night, then assisted their 2013-14 run to the Stanley Cup Final. Brassard served as the Rangers’ third line center, combining forces with Benoit Pouliot and Mats Zuccarello to form one of the strongest third lines in the NHL.

Dorsett joined Dominic Moore and Brian Boyle on a dominant fourth line that could be used in any situation, including to close out the Eastern Conference Final.

John Moore served as a reliable third-pair defenseman, giving the Rangers salary cap space elsewhere to keep their depth at the time. The deal was a home run for the Rangers from the start.

Gaborik only played 34 games for the Blue Jackets before being sent to the Los Angeles Kings at the 2014 trade deadline for a series of minor draft picks and prospects. The deal branched out in a fascinating way at that point, as Gaborik led the Kings to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final against his former team, the New York Rangers.

13 June 2014: Los Angeles Kings Left Wing Marian Gaborik (12) [2096] scores the game tying goal in the third period during game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final between the New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Photographer: Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire

13 June 2014: Los Angeles Kings Left Wing Marian Gaborik (12) scores the game tying goal in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final between the New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings. Photographer: Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire

In the Final, Gaborik contributed two goals and an assist, including a goal in the Stanley Cup clinching Game 5. It’s unfortunate, and slightly ironic, that the Rangers indirectly led to building a Kings team that crushed their Stanley Cup dreams.

The effects of the Gaborik trade did not stop there, however.

While Dorsett was traded to the Vancouver Canucks and Moore became a non-factor in New York, Brassard developed into one of the stronger centers in the NHL.

Brassard helped lead the Rangers to a President’s Trophy in the 2014-15 season, then broke out in the postseason for the Eastern Conference finalist New York Rangers. In Game 6, he tallied a hat trick and five points to keep the Rangers in the series, providing the Rangers with more signature moments.

In the 2015-16 campaign, Brassard scored a career high 27 goals, helping New York reach the postseason once again.

However, the final shoe has dropped in this trade chain, as the Rangers dealt Brassard and a seventh-round pick to the Senators for Mika Zibanejad and a 2018 second round pick. With the deal, the Rangers got younger and saved some money, while the Ottawa Senators acquired a player they believe can help them make the postseason next year.

When all is said and done, the Marian Gaborik trade resulted in the New York Rangers’ most memorable postseason stretch since the 90’s, adding Mika Zibanejad, the Los Angeles Kings winning a Stanley Cup, and the Ottawa Senators gaining a top-six center in Derick Brassard.

Meanwhile, the Columbus Blue Jackets only have minor prospects to show for the deal. The results were unexpected, but when Derick Brassard and Mika Zibanejad play their first games for their new teams, the trade’s impact will continue.

And if that second-round pick the Rangers acquired turns into a blue-chip prospect, the ripples from that trade could extend even further.

Rangers still seeing payoff from 2013 Gaborik trade

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