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Charges dropped on Byfuglien, Nash traded to Rangers

The big news in Winnipeg Jets land this morning was that the charges against Dustin Byfuglien for impaired boating were dropped. The bigger news is…well…Dustin Byfuglien. Mike McIntyre of the Winnipeg Free Press was on the scene in Minneapolis and tweeted this picture of the big man.

Byfuglien is listed on the Jets website at 6’5″ and 265lbs…sounds about right.

Rick Nash traded to Rangers

Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets trade Nash to Rangers.

“In exchange for Nash, the Blue Jackets have acquired forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, defenseman Tim Erixon and a first-round pick, according to TSN. The Blue Jackets also send a third-round pick and a minor-league defenseman to the Rangers, The Dispatch has confirmed.”

Ranger Rants: Rangers set to acquire Nash– today. The Rangers look like winners in this deal, they acquired the best player in the swap and did not give up Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh or Chris Kreider.

Here’s the Twitterverse reaction to the Nash trade.

Around the NHL

The Hockey News: Doan searches for new team. He’s met with the Flyers and Rangers but it seems that just about everyone is still in the mix.

The Miami Herald: Florida Panthers, Kris Versteeg agree to four-year deal. Hopefully the Jets find a way to contain last seasons “Jet killer”. He recorded 10 points in five games against Winnipeg last season.

New York Post: Visnovsky files grievance to have trade to Islanders voided. If I was traded to the Islanders, I would do the same thing.

Globe & Mail: Nashville signs Sergei Kostitsyn to 2-year, $6-millon deal. Hard for Predators fans to get excited about this after losing Ryan Suter and potentially Shea Weber.