Boston Bruins: Breaking down the Rick Nash trade

Reports Bruins Trying To Trade For Rangers Rick Nash

The Rangers picked up a first-round pick in this year's NHL Draft, defenseman Ryan Lindgren, forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey, and a seventh-round pick in 2019.

After Boston pulled within 2-1 - and with the chances favoring the Bruins 16-8 in the period - Evan Rodgriues made good on one of the few opportunities Buffalo had, blasting home his fifth goal of the year to give the Sabres a two-goal cushion. 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, expected to play on the Bruins' second line with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk, will be available for Sunday's game in Buffalo.

Gionta spent the previous three seasons as captain of the Buffalo Sabres.

They struck a deal with the New York Rangers to acquire All-Star forward Rick Nash. Although Nash had the benefit of those with NY, he hasn't played with a center the caliber of Krejci (sorry Mike Zibanejad) with the Rangers for a while. In return for the trade, the Rangers will eat half of Nash's 7.9 million dollar contract. However, cap complications prompted some creativity on both parties, as illustrated with NY taking on Matt Beleskey's contract and retaining half of the remaining cap hit on Rick Nash.

"I wasn't going to hold them hostage or anything like that, but I wanted to go to a place that wanted me and a place that had a chance to win, " he said. "I think Boston fits both those perfectly".

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An aging core and injuries have put the Rangers in sell mode this month, with NY sitting eight points out of a playoff spot with a record of 27-30-5. But the Bruins had a need and the trade for Nash shows that they're all in and have a long playoff run in their sights.

In anticipation of trading Nash, the Rangers had the forward sit out their past two games to avoid the possibility injury. NY now has nine picks in the draft, six in the first three rounds.

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

Yes, I know this isn't 2008 Rick Nash, and he's not the player he once was, but he's still a viable second line forward who can really help on a team that needs sniping forwards for a deep push. Nash, far removed from his 40-goal days, has just 28 points in 60 games. In 253 career games, he has 41 goals and 101 assists for 142 points. But the deal leaves me wanting and expecting much more, even with the inclusion of the first rounder, based on NY having dead cap space for the future.

Lindgren, 20, was the Bruins' second-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. Lindgren is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota and has two goals and seven points in 33 games this year.

He could become a staple on the Ranger's blueline and is the other key piece besides Spooner to this trade.

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