Bruins acquire Rick Nash in trade with Rangers

Rick Nash

Rick Nash

During the game, however, Twitter was ablaze with news that the Bruins were putting the full court press on the Rangers to acquire Rick Nash.

In Nash, the Bruins are getting a boost they believe can be delivered at five-on-five.

Boston sends Ryan Lindgren, Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey and a seventh-round pick in the 2019 draft, to NY, the Rangers said.

This trade is one of a few that NY has made so far, and they aren't finished especially with teams calling in to inquire about defenseman Ryan McDonagh. The team later released an open letter that hinted NY would be moving some of its "familiar faces".

"When the (Rangers) first asked me (for a list), I wasn't going to hold them hostage or anything like that".

Most importantly, the Rangers now own nine picks in the 2018 draft, including two in each of the first three rounds. "It was my first game in a week so I was a bit nervous", Nash said.

As part of the deal, the Rangers will be retaining 50 percent of Nash's remaining salary for the 2017-18 season, according to Pierre LeBrun of TSN. The matchups, the linemates, injuries - they all have an effect and it's unfair to decide Nash won't contribute to the Bruins this spring because of what he did with the Rangers.

He will become another scoring threat for Boston and he may be able to actually be good in the playoffs with this team.

The Bruins will be receiving a boost to their offense when Nash joins the lineup.

Spooner is expected to make his Rangers debut against Detroit. Like Nash, Spooner could've had a big postseason this season to make up for past failure, but would you rather trust the guy with a track record of wilting under pressure or the guy known for going to the dirty areas and playing a strong 200-foot game (not to mention 289 career National Hockey League goals). Even if the Bruins don't raise the Cup in June, they deserve credit for showing they are committed to winning in the present, as much if not more, than selling a rosy future to their customers.

He could never get on the ice or carve out a role with Boston and is severely overpaid. But if NY takes on Beleskey, then we are talking a deal like what Pitt did to get Brassard, because it's now not just one year of cap relief by several, and the prospect needs to at least be of the Filip Gustavsson ilk. Lindgren is a sophomore at University of Minnesota and played for Team USA at the 2018 World Junior Championships in December. What the 20-year-old blueliner lacks in offensive ability he makes up for on the defensive end.

He now has seven points (1 G, 6 A) in 33 games for Minnesota, but that isn't his game. He uses his body to his advantage and could be slotted in New York's top four within the next couple of years. On Sunday, they made a move to bolster their strong club before the trade deadline.

Teams toward the top of the standings, or on the bubble, may add a veteran with an expiring contract in exchange for prospects and picks.

Teams that have missed out on the Nash sweepstakes are probably going to start looking at Buffalo for Kane.

Nash rejoins Nick Holden in Boston, as the Bruins acquired him in a trade last week.

The McDonagh trade market could also be heating up.

As a general rule, it's easier to be selling the big pieces than buying them at the trade deadline.

At 6-foot-4, Nash provides Boston an established power forward to fill out their second line centred by David Krejci. Did either team win the trade?

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