Tampa Bay defeated Boston 3-1 today to eliminate the Bruins in the second round of the playoffs.
For the Bruins in the playoffs:
- Rick Nash: 3 goals, 2 assists, minus seven, 10 PIM, 39 shots on goal, 16:13 per game
- Nick Holden: 2 games played, 1 assist, 12:25 per game.
In the Nash and Holden trades the Rangers made with Boston, they received Rob O'Gara, a 2018 third round pick, Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey, prospect Ryan Lindgren, a 2018 first round pick and 2019 7th round pick.
JT Miller scored the game winner for Tampa Bay and also put a hit on Boston's David Backes that knocked him out of the game.
Miller has 2 goals and 5 assists in 10 playoff games and Ryan McDonagh has 5 assists.
The Rangers, as part of the Ryan McDonagh and JT Miller trade, will get Tampa's 2019 first round pick if the Lightning win the Stanley Cup this year or next year. If Tampa does not win the Stanley Cup in either year, the Rangers receive Tampa's 2019 second round pick.
Adam Rotter: The Bruins made the move for Rick Nash, and to a lesser extent Nick Holden, for this second round battle with Tampa Bay and after losing in five I think it's pretty safe to say that the Rangers won those trades. Nash, like he has in every playoffs since 2014, had moments but could never get his production to match his effort. Nick Holden came to the Bruins for playoff insurance and was about to get his chance with Torey Krug hurt, but Boston was eliminated before they could use him in that role. Now, for the first time in his career, Rick Nash will be a UFA. I think returning to the Rangers is an option, but my guess is that Nash ends up in a place where he can fill a similar role to the one he had in Boston and play for a contender.
As for Tampa Bay, I continue to have mixed/jealous feelings about seeing the five former Rangers moving closer to getting a chance at the Stanley Cup. The Rangers had a rational argument for moving four out of the players that they did, they couldn't/wouldn't let Ryan Callahan go for nothing and while it cost them two first round picks in addition, the run with Marty St. Louis to the Final was worth it. I loved Callahan and would have been in favor of him staying, but think about how that contract would look right now if they had come to terms. Dan Girardi was bought out to save some cap room and allow for some more mobility on defense and then there is Miller and McDonagh. The Rangers made the decision that they didn't want to risk committing a long-term deal to JT Miller with how he was playing and this was when they could get the most value for Ryan McDonagh. While it hurts to see Miller and McDonagh still playing, the hope is that the package they got for those two will help the Rangers build their next contender. The fifth of that group, Anton Stralman is arguably the one the Rangers have missed the most since he left, and while I supported the idea of signing Dan Boyle instead at the time, history has shown that to have been a big time blunder.