The New York Rangers have agreed to trade winger Rick Nash to the Boston Bruins in exchange for centre Ryan Spooner, winger Matt Beleskey, prospect defenceman Ryan Lindgren, a 2018 first-round pick, and a 2019 seventh round pick. 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.
Nash is traveling to join the Bruins and will be eligible to play.
The game was Nash's first in almost a week after the Rangers had him sit out their previous two games to avoid the possibility of him getting injured.
"It was a unusual last few weeks in New York", Nash said. Nash will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season and the Bruins likely will not have the cap space to re-sign him.
The Bruins topped his list, though Nash acknowledged he was ready to go nearly anywhere. "I wasn't going to hold them hostage or anything like that".
I would love Henrik Borgstrom, but that's likely wishful thinking.
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Gionta is returning home after he represented and captained the United States at the Pyeongchang Olympics. He is in his third full season and has tallied nine goals and 16 assists in 39 games.
The Rangers, who lost six straight games heading into Sunday night's game against Detroit, before which they will retire Ratelle's No. 19, are nearly certain to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2010. The Bruins get a proven veteran that helps this season but may not beyond it, whereas the Rangers get a solid package that includes a prospect, two picks, a player in his prime and a salary dump for the contender. Did either team win the trade? NY could opt for eating Beleskey's contract and obtaining Brandon Carlo and a first rounder, though to me that's an okay not great deal.
In addition, the Rangers retaining 50 percent of Nash's $7.8 million cap hit, the Bruins will retain part of Beleskey's $3.8 million hit. The 5-foot-7, 178-pound forward last played in the National Hockey League in the 2016-17 season with the Buffalo Sabres, where he appeared in all 82 games and tallied 15 goals and 20 assists for 35 points.
Prior to his stint with the Rangers, Nash played nine seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, tying for the Maurice Richard Trophy in the 2003-04 campaign. Once a Ranger, always a Ranger.
Lindgren is a 20-year-old defenseman drafted in the second round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
The Bruins also placed defenseman Paul Postma on waivers. And all three of those players have around a 400-minute plus leg up on Nash, at the very least. Willie Desjardins was at the team announcement Wednesday in Calgary.