Bruins Acquire Rick Nash From Rangers For Spooner, Beleskey, Others

by Leon Thompson February 26, 2018, 2:12
Bruins Acquire Rick Nash From Rangers For Spooner, Beleskey, Others

The Bruins made the first big slash of National Hockey League trade deadline season, acquiring top forward Rick Nash in a Sunday morning blockbuster with the Rangers.

Don Sweeney has finally reeled in a significant piece in Rick Nash.

The Bruins now sit in third place in the Atlantic Division, one point behind the Toronto Maple Leafs and five points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Meanwhile, the Rangers continue their rebuild by offloading another free-agent-to-be and have begun to accumulate a handsome collection of draft picks and prospects. Mats Zuccarello and Ryan McDonagh, who each have one more year left on their respective deals, could be the next ones to leave. Beleskey is signed through the 2019-20 season with a cap hit of $3.8 million per season.

While it might be a down season for New York, Gorton is doing well to ensure a brighter future. If absorbing the contract was a requirement for Spooner's inclusion, it's worth it.

Nash, 33, is set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Lindgren, 20, was the Bruins second round pick, 49th overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

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The Rangers now have two picks in each of the first three rounds of the June draft.

NY might not be done dealing with captain Ryan McDonagh also considered to be on the trading block.

Nash had been expected to be dealt by Monday's trade deadline.

From a Bruins perspective, the price of acquiring Nash comes down to one's opinion of Spooner. In 472 career games with the Bruins and Anaheim Ducks, he has 75 goals and 157 points. Lindgren is a solid defenseman prospect, but he's not worth worrying about losing.

Spooner was on pace for 53 points in Boston.

This was his sixth season on Broadway, and he amassed 145 goals in 375 regular-season games. 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. He has 7 points at Minnesota right now and with names like Jakub Zboril, Jeremy Lauzon and Urho Vaakanainen still in the prospect pool the team depth is still in good position.

The Rangers will retain half of Nash's remaining salary, while the Bruins will retain half of Beleskey's remaining salary. At the very least, Nash is added insurance. They are in a mad race for the top spot in the Atlantic Division.

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