Rangers trade Rick Nash and end an era

Reports Bruins Trying To Trade For Rangers Rick Nash

The Rangers are sending Rick Nash to the Bruins for a 2018 first-round pick, 20-year-old defensive prospect Ryan Lindgren, Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey and a 2019 seventh-round pick.

For the Rangers, trading Nash further signals their plans to overhaul the aging core of a roster that helped NY make the playoffs in each of the previous seven seasons, including the team that lost the 2014 Stanley Cup final in five games to Los Angeles.

Acquiring a veteran, two-way winger like Nash for a top-six role is a prudent move for a team looking to shore up its roster ahead of a grueling postseason stretch.

The Bruins will be receiving a boost to their offense when Nash joins the lineup. Nash, far removed from his 40-goal days, has just 28 points in 60 games. However, Nash would also be a really nice fit on the first line next to Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. However, Nash still has great hands, is hard to move off the puck, provides a net-front presence on the power play, is a strong defensive forward and quality penalty killer.

The Rangers also agreed to retain 50 percent of Nash's salary, keep in mind.

And with Nash off the market, the focus of trade attention also turns to whether Sabres forward Evander Kane and Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson will also be dealt by Monday afternoon. The Rangers received a lot for Rick Nash.

The New York Rangers traded six-time All-Star forward Rick Nash to the Boston Bruins on Sunday ahead of Monday's National Hockey League trade deadline.

Beleskey, 29, is due $3.8 million per annum through 2019-20.

From a Bruins perspective, the price of acquiring Nash comes down to one's opinion of Spooner.

The real score for the Rangers is Lindgren, a solid if unspectacular prospect on the blue line, and the Bruins' first-round pick.

The Bruins are now 59-37-14 and the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Here's the run: Is the difference between the two worth a first-round pick and top prospect in the grand scheme of things?

He will become another scoring threat for Boston and he may be able to actually be good in the playoffs with this team. According to the New York Daily News, Nash has made it clear that his preference was to stay in New York, but he's been a precautionary healthy scratch the last two games amid trade rumors.

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