Through 26 games, Rick Nash has accounted for eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points overall.
Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand have amassed 24, 20 and 19 points, respectively, heading into Monday night's clash with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Nathan Horton and Patrice Bergeron lag just behind at 18 points each, and all of those totals are in fewer games played than Nash.
The other forward that makes up the Bruins' top six—the recently extended David Krejci—missed three games to injury earlier in the season, but has tallied 15 points as a result of his recent resurgence.
If you acquire a forward like Nash, which one of these guys gets demoted to the third line to replace Benoit Pouliot?
When you have a set of six forwards on your top two lines who have combined for 48 goals—an average of eight goals per player—it doesn't seem logical to sacrifice all that much to add a forward who has eight goals on the season.