Bruins acquire Nash in trade with Rangers, sign Gionta

Brian Gionta

Brian Gionta

Up until Sunday, that second line right wing spot was held by Ryan Spooner, who was sent to NY along with Matt Beleskey, prospect Ryan Lindgren, and two draft picks (2018 first round and 2019 seventh round). 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.

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

It's a hefty price to pay for Nash, but he's one of the most consistent goal scorers in the National Hockey League.

It's important to note that Boston has an impressive five games in hand on Toronto, as well as three games in hand on Tampa Bay, so a chance at the top seed in the Atlantic is certainly still within reach. For the Bruins, getting out of even part of that contract is likely a positive, and for the Rangers, using that cap space to maximize the return in the Nash trade was a reasonable move.

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, the Rangers will receive a package including a first-round pick and defensive prospect Ryan Lindgren in exchange for Nash.

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Nash, 33, is set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season. They also received the Bruins' third-round pick with defenseman Rob O'Gara for Holden and acquired New Jersey's second-round pick for Grabner.

NY also took back Beleskey as a bonus of sorts.

Lindgren, 20, was a second-round pick by the Bruins in 2016 and is playing for the University of Minnesota. He is projected to slot in the second line with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk. Spooner will be a restricted free agent at the end of next season and may not fit with the Bruins long-term.

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. He is now at the University of Minnesota where he has seven points in 33 games. 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). A high-end prospect in Lindgren and two picks.

Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey leave a surging Boston team to join a rebuilding Rangers squad in hopes that they can carve roles with the team.

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