The New York Rangers have traded forward Rick Nash to the Boston Bruins for prospect Ryan Lindgren, forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey, and two draft picks.
The picks are a first-round draft pick for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft and a seventh-round draft pick for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
Nash is obviously the major piece to this swap and the Rangers will retain half of his salary, which is a pretty big deal when you consider he carries a $7.8 million cap hit.
He’s set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
The 33-year-old has 18 goals and 10 assists in 60 games for the Rangers this season.
The Bruins want to get him on the ice right away and are expected to put him somewhere in the top-nine, likely on the second unit with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk.
New York kept Nash on the sidelines for the past two games on account of working out a trade.
Boston is looking to make a big run this post-season and having Nash in the fold will help matters.
The Bruins will eat some of Beleskey’s salary as part of this trade, by the way. That’s no small detail, as they’ve been looking for a way to contend with his contract for a while. The 29-year-old is in the midst of a five-year contract worth $19 million, which pays out roughly $3.8 million a year.
The problem is that Beleskey has no points in 14 games with the Bruins and has spent some time in Providence along the way. The change in scenery might help him find his footing.
Lindgren has been playing with the University of Minnesota and has seven points this season.
Spooner is a decent pick-up as a depth centre. He has nine points and 15 assists this season, but he’s set for restricted free agency this summer and may be out of New York’s price range. The talk is that they could flip him prior to Monday’s deadline if a piece or two becomes available.