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

Rangers say goodbye to Nash and a bittersweet era

Rangers say goodbye to Nash and a bittersweet era

"I've only been here for five minutes", Nash told reporters before the game, "but you can already sense that buzz and excitement and the energy that a winning team has".

Much of the comments below are from the blog last night and I have left in the Ratelle component due to the ceremony tonight. "I wouldn't trade it for anything". "We've got a long way to go here in March". Lindgren is a solid defenseman prospect, but he's not worth worrying about losing.

The deal allowed NY to add much-needed youth.

The departure of Spooner means he will likely replace him on the second line. The Rangers could look to flip him at the deadline. I think our fourth line is (big).

The best part of this trade for the Bruins is they keep their prospect depth.

NY made their plans know in a letter sent to season ticket holders stating that wanted to get younger and faster and that they may be bad for a while. One additional point is that if Beleskey passes through waivers, only around half the cap space stays on the books, making the next impact somewhere between $950K-$1mil in dead cap space on what may be a $78-82 million cap. But the Bruins aren't signing him to a six-year contract extension, they're adding him to a deep, talented lineup hoping they can squeeze two to three months of vintage Rick Nash out of him. A 7th-round pick in 2019 is also going to NY via Boston. Either GM Jeff Gorton is trying to extract more from Boston or looking to engage another team, maybe St. Louis or Winnipeg, to up their offer. 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. But Nash is an undeniable upgrade to Boston.

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. They lost a first-round pick but have shown an ability to draft well in the later rounds and to lure college free agents.

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Ryan Lindgren, the top (and only) prospect the Bruins moved in the deal, could be a terrific player down the road.

As for the 2018 first-rounder included? He was thrown into this deal just for cap purposes. One other possible name is Ryan Donato, though he, like Jake DeBrusk, may be untouchable.

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. Boston also is rumored to be interested in Ryan McDonagh and Mats Zuccarello.

The Boston Bruins bolstered their chances of contending for the Stanley Cup with a bold move, acquiring Rick Nash from the New York Rangers a day before the National Hockey League trade deadline. Besides Boston, Florida, per Friedman below, may be in the mix.

The Bruins now sit in third place in the Atlantic Division, one point behind the Toronto Maple Leafs and five points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Now I know what many of you are likely thinking. He should be a useful asset in the playoffs when the Leafs try to slow down the opposing teams top line. Kane has 20 goals and 40 points in 61 games. His time in NY puts him in a class few are a part of regardless of sport. Those totals are similar but slightly lower than last season, where he scored 23 goals and 15 assists for 38 points in 67 games. The 26-year-old has 25 points in 39 games this season.

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