Why the Bruins are making this trade: Since the Bruins replaced Claude Julien with Bruce Cassidy, they've played at a different level.
The Rangers and Bruins agreed to a trade Sunday morning that sent veteran forward Rick Nash to Boston for a 2018 first-round pick, defenseman Ryan Lindgren, forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey, and a 2019 seventh-round selection.
Nash has 18 goals and 28 points in 60 games with NY. In his first season as a Ranger, the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, Nash had 42 points in 44 games and he peaked with a career-high 42 goals during the 2014-15 season.
Nash will meet the Bruins in Buffalo and is considered available for tonight's game against the Sabres. This season, he recorded zero points in 14 National Hockey League games.
Nash, who was acquired from the Rangers earlier Sunday, is set to join the Bruins in Buffalo and make his team debut later in the evening.
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The Rangers now have two picks in each of the first three rounds of the June draft. Nash will be an unrestricted free agent after the season ends.
With teams like the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs also at the top of the conference, the Nash deal solidifies the Bruins atop the ranks and give them a risky weapon going forward. Gorton has turned Nash, Nick Holden and Michael Grabner into three prospects (Lindgren, Yegor Rykov, Rob O'Gara) and four futures. With plenty of assets remaining at the Bruins disposal, could we potentially see another big fish make its way to Boston?
NY might not be done dealing with captain Ryan McDonagh also considered to be on the trading block. He could skate on a second line with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk, and provide a bit of a different element than the other forwards in their top six.
This was his sixth season on Broadway, and he amassed 145 goals in 375 regular-season games. Spooner's time in Boston just came up and while he has some nice offensive upside, I think the Bruins have better long term options than Spooner that will be here sooner rather than later. Nash hits the 20 goal mark on a pretty consistent basis and is also an excellent defensive forward. The Rangers will retain 50 percent of Nash's contract and likewise, the Bruins will retain 50 percent of Beleskis's deal. Lindgren is a solid defenseman prospect, but he's not worth worrying about losing.
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