Rangers trade Rick Nash and end an era
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Feb 26, 2018,
Feb 26, 2018, 2:13
Nash is the Blue Jackets' all-time leader in games played (674), goals (289), assists (258) and points (547).
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. Those totals are similar but slightly lower than last season, where he scored 23 goals and 15 assists for 38 points in 67 games.
Nash will meet the Bruins in Buffalo and is considered available for tonight's game against the Sabres. GM Jeff Gorton set the forward market with his haul for Nash, which was more bountiful than anticipated thanks to a willingness to take on the contract on Matt Beleskey.
The 26-year-old Spooner has struggled in Boston after potting 49 points in 80 games two seasons ago.
Sweeney continued solidifying a playoff push Sunday by acquiring forward Rick Nash in a multiplayer trade with the Rangers that leaves NY retooling for the long-term future.
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"Beleski, a 6'0" and 203 lbs winger, who joined the Bruins in 2015 on a free agent pact with $19.5 million over five seasons, has never lived up to the contract. On Tuesday, the Bruins acquired veteran defenseman Nick Holden for prospect Robbie O'Gara and a draft pick.
NY also took back Beleskey as a bonus of sorts.
But with a new lease on things, the Bruins are excited to fill a top-six need and Nash is certainly looking forward to the opportunity of chasing another Cup. Nash, far removed from his 40-goal days, has just 28 points in 60 games. Nash, will likely slot into Spooner's spot next to David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk on the 2nd line. The Rangers will retain 50 percent of Nash's salary (a UFA this summer), while the Bruins are retaining half of Beleskey's salary (his contract runs through 2020-21 season). He makes $2.85 million this season and will be a restricted free agent in July. 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.