Rick Nash Traded to Bruins from Rangers for 2018 1st-Round Draft Pick and More

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2018

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers chases the puck in the third period against the New York Islanders during their game at Barclays Center on February 15, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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The Rangers and Bruins agreed to a trade Sunday morning that sent veteran forward Rick Nash to Boston for a 2018 first-round pick, defenseman Ryan Lindgren, forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey and a 2019 seventh-round selection.

As part of the deal, the Rangers will retain 50 percent of Nash's remaining salary for the 2017-18 season, according to Pierre LeBrun of TSN. The amount was the max allowed and was a necessity for the trade to go through given the limited cap space the Bruins had available.

LeBrun added the Bruins will retain 50 percent of Beleskey's contract, which has two years remaining.

Nash, 33, has 18 goals and 10 assists in 60 games this term. He's in the final year of an eight-year, $62.4 million contract that is paying him $8.2 million this season, per Spotrac, and will become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

While he's no longer the elite offensive weapon who scored 30 or more goals eight times in his career and 40 or more goals three times, Nash will be a solid option for a Bruins team in the postseason hunt.

Bob McKenzie of TSN broke down the trade from both sides:

As for the Rangers' haul, Spooner, 26, has nine goals and 16 assists in 39 games, while Beleskey, 29, has appeared in 14 games and has yet to post a point this season.

Lindgren is considered a solid prospect.

"Lindgren blocks shots," then-Boston head scout Keith Gretzky said of Lindgren in 2016, per Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston. "He's not the most skilled guy like [Charlie] McAvoy or anything like that, but he brings an element that we really liked as an organization. We believe that he's a leader, and you win with those kinds of guys."

Haggerty added that Lindgren "isn't flashy, doesn't come into the next stage of his hockey development as an elite puck-mover, and he wasn't somebody that popped with amazing workouts during the NHL scouting combine." He has "simply been a solid D-man" and is "good at everything while also showing an eager willingness to block shots and sacrifice his body for wins at a very young age where grit doesn't always come naturally."

As the Rangers tweeted, the organization has nine picks in the 2018 draft and four picks in the first two rounds. Nash, meanwhile, made his debut for the Bruins during Sunday night's 4-1 road loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

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