The New York Rangers have been busy already this trade deadline season, and now, Rick Nash is on the move.
OFFICIAL: #NYR have acquired a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, defenseman Ryan Lindgren, forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey, and a seventh-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft from the Bruins in exchange for Rick Nash.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) February 25, 2018
In return for Nash, the Blueshirts have acquired defenseman Ryan Lindgren, forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey. Boston is also sending a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft and a seventh-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry draft.
To make this trade work, the Rangers will be retaining 50 percent of Nash’s remaining salary. The Bruins will also be retaining 50 percent of Beleskey’s contract which has two years remaining.
To recap: Rangers retain 50 percent of Nash's remaining contract (UFA July 1) and Bruins in turn retain 50 percent of Beleskey contract (two more years on his deal past this season)
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 25, 2018
Lindgren is a 20-year-old defenseman drafted in the second round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He is currently at the University of Minnesota where he has seven points in 33 games.
Beleskey has been around the league playing in Boston and Anaheim. He has 157 points in 472 games. This season he has yet to record a point but has only played in 17 games. Spooner has been in the league for six seasons now scoring 142 points in that span. The 26-year-old has 25 points in 39 games this season.
Acquiring the first round pick now gives the Rangers nine picks in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. The club also has six picks in the first three rounds, four picks in the first two. The Rangers also acquired the Bruins third-round draft pick in the Nick Holden trade this past Tuesday.
The Rangers acquired Nash in the summer of 2012, thinking that he would put them over the hump to win a Stanley Cup. In his time with New York, he led the team to two Eastern Conference Finals and an appearance in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. He scored 42 goals in the 2014-15 season, the most he has ever scored with the Blueshirts. When the season comes to a close he will be an unrestricted free agent.