During their controversial 4-3 loss Saturday night to the Toronto Maple Leafs, word broke that the Bruins had become the favorite to land Rangers' forward Rick Nash. But if there's a blueprint for such a throwback, it certainly appears to begin with the willing-to-get-dirty combo of DeBrusk and Nash on his wings for the stretch run. Let's take a look at what the trade looks like.
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.
Holden was originally signed by the Blue Jackets as a free agent in March of 2008 and played his first National Hockey League game against the Anaheim Ducks, a 3-1 win October 20, 2010.
NY might not be done dealing with captain Ryan McDonagh also considered to be on the trading block. "I wasn't going to hold them hostage or anything like that".
The Rangers acquired the 2002 No. 1 overall draft selection with six years left on an eight-year, $62.4 million contract. A 7th-round pick in 2019 is also going to NY via Boston.
The real score for the Rangers is Lindgren, a solid if unspectacular prospect on the blue line, and the Bruins' first-round pick.
Boston got their rental in Nash to start making their push towards the playoffs to be the team that comes out of the Tampa Bay-Toronto-Boston Atlantic Division triangle.
Nash may be getting older but he is still a good player. It worked for the Los Angeles Kings four years ago when they brought in Marian Gaborik at a similar stage in his career to where Nash is today, and saw the Slovak winger score 14 playoff goals on the way to winning a Stanley Cup.
It was the 9:15 mark of the second overtime of Game 5 in L.A., the Rangers were facing extinction, and here was Derek Stepan laying a gorgeous cross-ice pass onto the stick of Rick Nash for the right-wing one-timer into the yawning near side of the net that would send the Cup final back to the Garden. With the youth movement in full swing in Boston, however, there was no real room for Spooner on the Bruins roster moving forward beyond this season's expected playoff run.
"It's great", Nash said. (Nor should they, given the limited number of sellers and plethora of teams still searching for forward help.) The price on the Canucks' Thomas Vanek would have been a tad better, sure, but then you're talking about a step down in quality.
Nash is the Blue Jackets' all-time leader in games played (674), goals (289), assists (258) and points (547). His contract expires after next season. The trio comprised the most successful trio in franchise history, the Goal a Game line, and during the 1971-72 season, it combined for 133 goals and 302 points, the most in team history.
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