Rangers trade Rick Nash to the Bruins for package of players, picks


The Rangers will retain half of Nash's remaining salary, while the Bruins will retain half of Beleskey's remaining salary. The full trade looks like this: The Rangers receive Lindgren, Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey, a first-rounder in 2018 and a seventh-rounder in 2019, while the Bruins get Nash.

It's been certain for weeks that Nash would be dealt before Monday's 3 p.m. trade deadline with the Rangers' slide in the standings and Nash due to become an unrestricted free agent at season's end.

Nash will meet the Bruins in Buffalo and is considered available for tonight's game against the Sabres.

Nash came to NY via trade in the summer of 2012 after spending his first nine seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He is in his final year of a contract that carries a $2.825 million salary-cap hit and will be a restricted free agent with arbitration rights. The Boston Bruins make another trade with the New York Rangers as the sell off in the Big Apple continues, while it's Stanley Cup or bust in Beantown. He has played on the USA World Junior team in each of the past two years, scoring one point in seven games in both tournaments, while playing a defensive role.

Adding the Bruins' first-round pick gives the Rangers nine selections in this year's draft, including six in the first three rounds. Gorton has turned Nash, Nick Holden and Michael Grabner into three prospects (Lindgren, Yegor Rykov, Rob O'Gara) and four futures.

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The Rangers will retain 50 percent of Nash's contract and likewise, the Bruins will retain 50 percent of Beleskis's deal. The Bruins are actual Stanley Cup contenders and the Rick Nash deal shows that this team is all in.

On the year, Nash has 18 goals and 10 assists for a total of 28 points, which is tied for 8th on the Bruins with Riley Nash. "I love being a Ranger, love being in NY".

The haul brought in by the Rangers could bode well for Buffalo, which will trade left wing Evander Kane. Once a Ranger, always a Ranger. Lindgren was Boston's second-round pick, 49th overall, in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

The 26-year-old Spooner has 41 goals and 142 points in 252 National Hockey League games since being selected by Boston in the second round of the 2010 draft. He had no points in 14 games with Boston before being demoted to the minors in December.

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