Bruins, Rangers seal blockbuster trade to send Rick Nash to Boston

Bruins, Rangers seal blockbuster trade to send Rick Nash to Boston

The Boston Bruins have sent a message that they want to contend in the postseason this year, as they have reportedly acquired veteran left wing Rick Nash in a trade with the New York Rangers. The Rangers retained half of his prorated $7.8 million salary-cap hit, while the Bruins retained half of Beleskey's $3.8 million hit while he is in the minors.

Lindgren, 20, was the Bruins' second-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

As part of the deal, the Rangers will be retaining 50 percent of Nash's remaining salary for the 2017-18 season, according to Pierre LeBrun of TSN. He is projected to slot in the second line with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk.

Spooner will be a restricted free agent after this season, as will Ranger forwards J.T. Miller and Kevin Hayes. "And, you know, I think Boston fits both those perfectly". Those totals are similar but slightly lower than last season, where he scored 23 goals and 15 assists for 38 points in 67 games.

But with a new lease on things, the Bruins are excited to fill a top-six need and Nash is certainly looking forward to the opportunity of chasing another Cup.

A great add for the Rangers, Lindgren is in his second season at the University of Minnesota. Gionta returns for a 16th National Hockey League season after serving as captain of the United States Olympic team, which was eliminated following a loss to the Czech Republic in the quarterfinal round at the Pyeongchang Winter Games on Tuesday. However, cap complications prompted some creativity on both parties, as illustrated with NY taking on Matt Beleskey's contract and retaining half of the remaining cap hit on Rick Nash. Boston effectively swapped one for the other in its top six - a 26-year-old with limitations in Spooner for a bigger, more battle-tested option in Nash, who's a much better two-way player.

Lindgren was ranked No. 8 among Bruins prospects by MassLive a few days ago, with the write-up noting that, "He does not offer much as a scoring defenseman, and he rarely makes long end-to-end rushes with the puck". Nash contributes for each team that he plays for.

This trade only helps teams be able to set an asking price similar to this deal to be able to trade away their guys. It's an expected move from a team that is openly in a rebuilding mode.