The New York Rangers have traded forward Marian Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets. In return the Rangers will receive forward Derick Brassard, defenceman John Moore, forward Derek Dorsett and a sixth-round draft pick in 2014.
The 31-year-old winger has scored nine goals and 10 assists in 35 games with the Rangers this season.
Gaborik has one year remaining past this season on a five-year, $37.5 million deal he signed with the Rangers prior to the 2009-10 season. His current contract carries a salary cap hit of $7.5 million per year.
“I was surprised," Gaborik told TSN. "I heard little rumors here and there. I didn't try to focus on it, I can't control it. I was surprised, but it's a challenge and I'm looking forward to it.”
“I had some time to think about and I talked to some guys who played there and I talked to John Davidson," Gaborik added. "I decided that they are a young team going in the right direction."
Originally selected third overall by the Minnesota Wild in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Gaborik has scored 333 goals and 333 assists in 757 career games with the Rangers and Wild.
Brassard has scored seven goals and 11 assists in 34 games with the Blue Jackets this season. Dorsett, in 24 games, has scored three goals and six assists.
Moore - a 2009 first-round pick - has registered one assist in 17 games for the Blue Jackets this season.
"I believe the deal worked for both teams because I think he is going to play really well," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "We get a number of assets and some depth onto our team moving forward."
"I am hoping it's going to help us with some new juice," Tortorella added. "We need to find a way to win, and we're hoping they're going to help us. The deal helps us in depth, period -- forwards and defence."
Gaborik has represented Slovakia on the international stage on numerous occasions, including the World Junior Championships, World Under-18 Championships, World Cup, IIHF World Championships and the Olympics.
Selected to three NHL All-Star Games, Gaborik won the MVP Award at last year's All-Star Game in Ottawa. He was also named to the 2011-12 NHL Second All-Star Team.
Gaborik has scored 18 goals and 17 assists in 54 career playoff games, including 17 points in the Minnesota Wild's improbable run to the 2003 Western Conference Final. He remains the Wild's all-time leader in goals and points.
Brassard, 25, was originally selected sixth overall by the Blue Jackets at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. In 309 career games with the Blue Jackets Brassard has scored 58 goals and 111 assists. He has one year remaining on a four-year, $12.8 million deal he signed with Columbus prior to 2010-11. It carries an average annual value of $3.2 million. He is slated to become a restricted free agent after next season.
The 26-year-old Dorsett has appeared in 280 career games with the Blue Jackets, scoring 27 goals and 38 assists while racking up 727 penalty minutes. He is in the first year of a three-year $4.9 million contract.
Moore is in just his second full season with the Blue Jackets. He has scored two goals and six assists in 86 career games. He is in the second year of a three-year entry-level deal.