Columbus received forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, defenseman Tim Erixon and a first-round pick in 2013. The Blue Jackets also sent defenseman Steven Delisle and a conditional third-round draft pick next year that will be returned if the Rangers reach the Stanley Cup Finals.
Nash, who is only 28, owns most of Columbus' career offensive records and asked the front office for a trade in January. No deal was consummated before the February trade deadline during the season or before last month's NHL draft as general manager Scott Howson insisted he wouldn't trade Nash for less than "market value."
Nash had six teams on his "approved" list to be dealt to. The Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks were the other five teams on the list, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
Howson wanted at least one proven NHL forward in any deal after the Blue Jackets finished 29th in the league in scoring last season.
Nash brings a coveted proven scoring threat to the Rangers, who averaged only 2.15 goals per game during the playoffs last season. He has 30-plus goals in seven of nine NHL season, including 30 goals to go with 29 assists last season.
However, Nash also has six years and $62.4 million remaining on his contract. The 6-4, 218-pounder could comprise a front line that would include center Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik, once Gaborik returns from offseason shoulder surgery.
"We are excited to complete this trade today as we believe the acquisitions of Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov and Tim Erixon, along with moves we made over the past several months to acquire Jack Johnson, Nick Foligno, Sergei Bobrovsky and Ryan Murray, have advanced the club and put us in a stronger position to achieve our goal of winning the Stanley Cup," said Howson. "We are grateful to Rick Nash for all he has given to our organization, his generosity, and we wish him all the best in the next chapter of his career."
Dubinsky had 10 goals and 24 assists in 77 games in 2011-12. The 26-year-old was a second-round pick in 2004 and first broke into the NHL with the Rangers in 2007-07. He became a full-time member of the roster the following season and has 81 goals in 393 career games.
Anisimov, 24, was also a second-round pick, the 54th overall selection in 2006. He has 46 goals and 62 assists in 244 career games, having appeared in all but three games for the Rangers over the past three seasons.
Erixon is just 21 years old and was the 23rd overall pick in the 2009 draft. He saw his first NHL action last season, appearing in 18 games and posting a minus-2 +/-.
In Delisle, the Rangers acquire a former fourth-round pick (2008) who had 20 penalty minutes in 38 games for the Chicago Express of the ECHL last season. The 21-year-old has not played in an NHL game.
Nash is the Blue Jackets' all-time leader in games played (674), goals (289), assists (258), points (547), power play goals (83), power play points (182), game-winning goals (44), shorthanded goals (14), hat tricks (5), shots on goal (2,278), multi-goal games (45) and multi-point games (136). He led the club in club in goals (30) for the eighth-straight season and points (59) for the fifth-straight season in 2011-12, while setting a career high in games played (82).