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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 01:  Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets waits for a faceoff during the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on February 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Rick Nash Rick Nash.

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Rick Nash Was Not Traded to the Rangers — or Anyone Else — Today

Today's 3 p.m. trade deadline has come and gone, and Rick Nash remains a Columbus Blue Jacket. According to Larry Brooks, Glen Sather's final offer was believed to include Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, 2011 first-round pick J.T. Miller, 2010 second-round pick Christian Thomas, and a first round pick in this year's draft. Columbus, meanwhile, reportedly wanted a package that included Dubinsky, highly-touted prospect Chris Kreider, either Ryan McDonagh or Michael Del Zotto, either Derek Stepan or Carl Hagelin, and the rights to the Rangers' goal song. (Okay, we made that last one up. But the rest is reportedly true.) In any case, the Rick Nash Watch can cease now, at least until after the season.

Those of us who weren't in favor of a blockbuster trade for Nash have gotten our wish: Even if Columbus lowered its demands somewhat, the price for Nash would have been very high, and the Rangers didn't need to make a move like that. This team is not without flaws, but we're comfortable that they'll enter the home stretch more or less with the players that have gotten them this far. That doesn't necessarily mean we think they're going to win the Stanley Cup this season, but their window of opportunity is just opening. No less than Neil Smith, the architect of their 1994 Stanley Cup team, was opposed to a trade for Nash.

The Rangers made one minor trade today, acquiring 6-foot-8 defenseman John Scott from Chicago for a fifth-round pick. It's a pretty low-risk move: Scott — who was well-liked in the Chicago dressing room — will earn just $525,000 this season, and he's an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The Rangers play the Devils — a team they've had some trouble with over the past month — at the Garden tonight.

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