Bruins acquire Rick Nash from Rangers

Courtesy of NESN, Rick Nash talks about being traded to the Boston Bruins from the New York Rangers.

The Boston Bruins have landed winger Rick Nash from the New York Rangers.

Boston is sending a first-round pick in 2018, a seventh-rounder in 2019, prospect Ryan Lindgren, and forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey to New York.

Nash carries a $7.8-million cap hit, which pro-rates to just under $1.7 million as of Sunday, and he will be an unrestricted free agent this off-season. The Rangers will retain 50 per cent of Nash’s salary, the maximum allowed under the CBA.

The 33-year-old two-time Olympic gold medallist has 18 goals and 28 points in 60 games this season.

Elliotte Friedman is reporting that the Bruins will retain a portion of Beleskey’s $3.8-million salary. His contract ends after the 2019-20 season.

The Bruins have been the league’s hottest team for the past two months and are gearing up for a playoff run. The price paid is hefty, though getting out of Beleskey’s contract is a nice bonus for a team up against the cap.

The 29-year-old has battled to even make the Bruins lineup this season and has no points in 14 games.

Lindgren, a second-round pick in 2016, has two goals and seven points while manning the blue line at the University of Minnesota.

Spooner, 26, is a crafty centre who posted a career-high 49 points in 2015-16. He earns $2.825 million this season after which he’ll become a restricted free agent.

February 25, 2018 - 9:25 am ET
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