The Rangers traded defensemen Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman to the Columbus Blue Jackets for forwards Nikolai Zherdev and Dan Fritsche.
In addition to adding some size and depth up front, the move will clear up some cap space for the Rangers to potentially make some moves (i.e. re-sign Jagr, acquire either Naslund or Huselius).
In my opinion, moving Backman and his $3.4 million off the roster and off the salary cap is a great move, but the loss of Tyutin is significant. Tyutin has been a solid defenseman for the Rangers. However, the acquisition of Redden gave the Rangers 4 top-notch defenseman (Redden plus Staal, Rozsival, and Girardi). Therefore, Tyutin became non-essential. This trade is good news for Bobby Sanguinetti.
Zherdev is young and seems to have a knack for putting the puck in the net. The 6’2″ right wing is just 23 years old and scored 26 goals to go along with 35 assists in 2007-2008. He is set to make $3.25 million in 2008-09, with only $2.5 million charged against the cap.
Fritsche is a 6’1″ center who is also 23 years old. He had 10 goals and 12 assists last season.