The Rangers have announced that they have traded Rick Nash to the Boston Bruins.
In exchange for Nash, the Bruins are sending the Rangers:
- 1st round pick in 2018, defense prospect Ryan Lindgren, center Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey and a 7th round pick in 2019.
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The Rangers are retaining 50% of Rick Nash's cap hit to help facilitate the deal.
Ryan Spooner, 26, is an RFA after this season and currently has a cap hit of $2.825 million.
- Spooner, 26, has skated in 39 games with Boston this season, registering nine goals and 16 assists for 25 points, along with a plus-10 rating and two penalty minutes.
- Spooner is one of two NHL players who have registered 25 or more points and two or fewer penalty minutes this season (along with Ryan O'Reilly).
- The 5-10, 187-pounder has skated in 253 career NHL games over parts of six seasons (2012-13 - 2017-18), all with Boston, registering 41 goals and 101 assists for 142 points, along with 59 penalty minutes.
- Spooner established career-highs in games played (80), goals (13), assists (36), and points (49) during the 2015-16 season. Thus far in his NHL career, 11 of Spooner's 41 goals have been game-winning goals.
- Spooner registered 35 power play points over the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons (nine power play goals and 26 power play assists) and established career-highs in power play assists (15) and power play points (18) in 2016-17.
- In addition, he was selected to the AHL's All-Rookie Team in 2012-13, as he led all AHL rookies in assists (40) and points (57) with the Providence Bruins.
Beleskey, 29, is in the third-year of a five-year deal with the Bruins and has a cap hit of $3.8 million. The Bruins are retaining 50% of his cap hit, so the Rangers will only be charged $1.9 million against the cap.
- Beleskey, 29, has skated in 472 career NHL games over parts of 10 seasons (2008-09 - 2017-18) with Anaheim and Boston, registering 75 goals and 82 assists for 157 points, along with 433 penalty minutes.
- He established a career-high with 22 goals during the 2014-15 season with the Ducks, and he established career-highs in assists (22) and points (37) with Boston in 2015-16.
Beleskey has spent this season split between the NHL and AHL.
Adam Rotter: From a Bruins point of view, this is a Rick Nash for Ryan Spooner trade. Spooner is the only change to their active roster and Nash is bigger, has more experience and offensive potential.
For the Rangers, this deal is all about the first round pick and Lindgren. The first round pick is self explanatory and will give the Rangers the option to add at least two, depending on other trades, high end prospects to join with Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil.
Lindgren, by most accounts, is not flashy but a solid, reliable player with good leadership abilities. The Rangers have a lot of offensive-first defense prospects so it's nice to see them add someone with more of a defense first focus. Players that can defend and be int he right position are a necessary commodity for the Rangers.
Spooner was acquired because the Bruins needed a spot for Nash but he's a nice player that the Rangers can either use or possibly flip by tomorrow or at the draft. Beleskey was purely for salary cap reasons and at half of his cap hit, that isn't really a big deal. I'd think the Rangers will try and use Beleskey the rest of this season and see if he can find his game and then be used as a chip later on. If not, and he stays in Hartford, it's a very small cap charge.
Then there is Rick Nash and the end, at least for the time being, of his Rangers career. In some ways the Rangers recouped what they sent to Columbus for Nash in 2012 (1st round pick, defense prospect, two players) and were able to do that for a rental. Nash was one of my favorite players with the Rangers and while he was very good, he never really lived up to being the player he was expected to be. He struggled to produce in the playoffs despite firing shot after shot on net but his two-way game helped the Rangers make two deep runs. Will he return in the summer? I'm sure there is mutual interest to a certain degree but I wonder if Nash will look elsewhere and for a better and more realistic chance at winning.