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Rick Nash Happy Rangers Didn’t ‘Blow Up’ Young Core In Deal

Rick Nash (credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Rick Nash (credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN) – After months of speculation, Rick Nash finally got what he wanted: a trade to the Rangers.

Nash was acquired this week after nine seasons with Columbus, during which he set franchise records for goals (289), assists (258) and points (574). He’s also the Blue Jackets’ leader in games played (674), game-winning goals (44), power-play goals (83) and 10 other categories.

But he has been to the playoffs only once. He knows the fans in New York are hungry to watch their team hoist the Stanley Cup again, especially after last season’s disappointing postseason ouster.

“Expectations, I think that’s how sports should be,” Nash told WFAN’s Boomer & Carton on Thursday. ” I think any fan, any true fan of any sport, they want their team to win and they expect the best from them. Any time we step on the ice, I wouldn’t want anything different from fans.”

LISTEN: Nash with Boomer & Carton

(You can download the entire interview HERE.)

Nash told reporters on Wednesday that New York was his preferred destination. He reiterated that point on WFAN, saying he’s “super excited to be here.”

For Nash, the Rangers parted with Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and their first-round pick in 2013. But the organization managed to hold on to some major young talent in Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan.

“I didn’t want them to blow up the plan, what they had, to do it,” said Nash. “I’m happy (with) the way it worked out.”

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