The Rangers have traded Nick Holden to the Boston Bruins for a third round pick in 2018 and defenseman Rob O'Gara.
The Rangers did not retain any salary in the trade. (LeBrun)
From the release:
- O'Gara, 24, has skated in 43 games with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season, registering two goals and six assists for eight points, along with a plus-five rating and 16 penalty minutes. He is tied for second among Providence defensemen in goals, ranks third among Providence defensemen in plus/minus rating, and is tied for third among Providence defensemen in points this season.
- The 6-4, 207-pounder has skated in 107 career AHL games over parts of three seasons (2015-16 - 2017-18), all with Providence, registering seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points, along with a plus-18 rating and 50 penalty minutes. O'Gara recorded 13 points (four goals, nine assists) and a plus-11 rating in 59 games during his first full AHL season in 2016-17, and he tied for 10th among AHL rookie defensemen in plus/minus rating during the season. In addition, he has skated in three career AHL playoff games. O'Gara has also skated in 11 career NHL games over parts of two seasons (2016-17 and 2017-18). He made his NHL debut with Boston on Oct. 13, 2016 at Columbus.
The Rangers acquired Holden at the draft in 2016 from Colorado for a 4th round pick pick in 2017.
Holden played in 135 games with the Rangers over the past two seasons, scoring 14 goals, 32 assists, a plus 10 rating and an average of 19:57 per game.
Former Bruins coach Claude Julien said of O'Gara last season, "he's good. I think he makes good passes when he has time. I think we want him to work on maybe being under pressure, and being a little stronger on his feet and being able to make better plays. But he's really close. When I say he's real close I think you could see him back here at any time. I have no issues with Rob O'Gara." (NBCS Boston)
Michael Grabner tweeted, "Guess it's this time of the year..always tough to see your teammates go and especially one of my good friends Holds..never seen a happier person in my life..only hope the best for you and good luck in Boston."
Adam Rotter: This is a really good trade for the Rangers as they land a third round pick and a player in exchange for a rental. The Rangers acquired Holden, with two years left on his deal, for fourth round pick and they are able to move him for a lot more than they gave up. I didn't expect Holden to be moved until close to the actual deadline, and for a much lower price, but the Bruins jumped and overpaid to get the guy they want.
Holden was solid for the Rangers in the first part of last season but his game fell off as the Rangers played him more and gave him bigger roles. This season he was miscast as Ryan McDonagh's partner and struggled. Holden will probably be a nice player for the Bruins as a 5/6/7 and someone who can provide depth and some experience. All in all this seems like a trade that works for both sides. Now the question is whether the Rangers and Bruins are able to connect on anything regarding Ryan McDonagh before the deadline.