The Rangers acquired a big-time scorer from the Columbus Blue Jackets last summer, but on Wednesday afternoon, the NHL’s lowest-scoring team surprisingly sent one back.

With less than a half hour remaining until the 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline, the Rangers pulled off a stunner by dealing three-time 40-goal scorer Marian Gaborik to Columbus along with AHLers Steve Delisle and Blake Parlett in exchange for center Derick Brassard, 25, right wing Derek Dorsett, 26, defenseman John Moore, 22, and a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NHL draft, a source confirmed to the Daily News.

In a telling sign that the relationship between player and organization had run its course, Gaborik agreed to waive his no-move clause so he could rejoin former Ranger teammates Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky and Vinny Prospal in Columbus.

“I enjoyed my time in New York,” Gaborik said in a conference call Wednesday night, “but I think the way this played out, there was a team that really wanted me, and another team that wanted to go in a different direction and trade me.”

Brassard and Moore made their Rangers debuts immediately on Wednesday night at the Garden against the Pittsburgh Penguins, while Dorsett remains on injured reserve with a broken collarbone.

The timing of Gaborik’s trade was even more surprising than its occurrence. The 31-year-old Slovakian carries a hefty $7.5 million annual cap hit into next season, when the salary cap ceiling drops from $64.3 million to $70.2 million, so the Rangers were expected to field suitors. But New York is the NHL’s lowest-scoring team, and trading away one of its few gamebreakers – even if he had just one goal in his last 12 games – does not improve the roster, particularly in the short term.