Nash Shipped Up To Boston

Ian Gooding


Rick Nash has been traded to the Boston Bruins.

The Boston Bruins have acquired Rick Nash from the New York Rangers. In return, the Rangers acquire  a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, defenseman Ryan Lindgren, forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey, and a seventh-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

It took some creativity on the two teams’ part to make the deal work for the Bruins from a salary cap perspective.

Nash’s point-per-game production has declined over each of the last three seasons to the point where he is a sub-0.5 point-per-game winger. However, he is still on pace to reach 20 goals and over 200 shots on goal again. Although his shot total is still in the top-25 in the league, it’s fair to say the Bruins are acquiring a diminishing asset who over his career has moved all the way up the ranks to Band-Aid Treasurer. The Bruins have clearly moved all their chips into the middle on winning a Stanley Cup, as Nash is a UFA after this season.

The Bruins might have paid a ton for a rental, but they were actually able to kill two birds with one stone in this deal. They were also able to move Matt Beleskey’s salary, which is currently buried in the AHL. Ryan Spooner is a sensible gamble for the Rangers, as he will be an RFA at the end of the season and saw significant first-unit power-play minutes with the Bruins. Lindgren gives the Rangers much-needed organiz