But the crown jewel of Boston’s deadline was undeniably Rick Nash, one of the top targets on the market and the owner of 434 career goals. And considering that anything short of that will likely result in discontent and second-guessing it’s fair to say they have their work cut out for them. 3y. Who doesn’t want one of those? At 33 years old he has already accomplished quite a bit: 434 goals, a Maurice Richard Trophy, two Olympic Gold Medals, six appearances in the NHL All-Star Game…. Rick Nash Traded To Boston Bruins In Blockbuster Trade. Beleskey has 10 seasons of NHL experience, including the past three with Boston. Considering Rick Nash’s Bruins career is slated to last somewhere between 25-50 games, passing on the chance to select a player comparable to those listed above is a risky endeavor any way you slice it. Former Bruins Benoit Pouliot and Brett Connolly can attest to that, having been selected fourth and sixth overall in their respective draft years. The Bruins topped his list, although Nash acknowledged he was ready to go almost anywhere. This year’s deadline proved to be an arms race of Cold War proportions, with an astounding five first-round selections changing hands, including Boston’s own this June (that number becomes six if Evander Kane re-signs with the San Jose Sharks). The Rangers get forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey, prospect defenseman Ryan Lindgren, the Bruins' 2018 first-round draft pick and a 2019 seventh-round pick. The road to a banner and duck boats will be an arduous one for Nash and his new teammates. Overall, he has 434 goals and 799 points. Boston Bruins. "It was a strange last few weeks in New York, but I've moved on and I'm excited about this opportunity,'' Nash said earlier in the day. Moreover, Boston’s current record and playoff-outlook suggest the pick forfeited to the New York Rangers figures to fall somewhere between 25-31. On numerous occasions I predicted that the Ottawa-native would be used as fodder to address a separate roster deficiency, only to be proven wrong every time.eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'thehockeywriters_com-large-mobile-banner-1','ezslot_7',671,'0','0'])); I let my guard down for one month and the trade comes to fruition. And that’s just what’s happening in Boston’s division. Beyond throwing the occasional monster hit, he uses his six-foot, 200-pound frame well in angling attackers to the margins of the ice while selling-out with reckless-abandon to block shots; think of a more physical version of Kris Russell. Whether his precipitous drop-off was matter of ill-fit, a crisis of confidence or an inability to return from injury I cannot say. In those 77 games, Nash has posted some pedestrian numbers with just 41 points (15 goals, 26 assists). In order to make the deal work from a cap perspective for the Bruins, the Rangers will retain 50 percent of Nash's remaining salary this season. The Boston Bruins continued solidifying their playoff push by acquiring forward Rick Nash in a multiplayer trade with the Rangers that leaves New York retooling for the long-term future. This is not to be understated or overlooked given the pressure that comes along with carrying such a substantial price tag. Since the 1996 Draft, only Zach Trotman and Matt Hunwick have gone from “Boston Bruins Seventh-Round Pick” to even one appearance with the parent club. It’s quite possible that one day, Rick Nash’s resume will warrant enshrinement into the Hockey Hall of Fame. eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'thehockeywriters_com-leader-2','ezslot_10',667,'0','0']));Not one of them was selected in the first-round of their respective drafts. Everybody take a deep breath, smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em and settle in for what figures to be a dead sprint toward and through the playoffs. The Bruins have acquired Nash in exchange for a package that includes forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey, a 2018 first round draft pick, defense prospect Ryan Lindgren and a 2019 seventh-round draft pick. Though he was acquired for marginally-less than his previously reported price, Rick Nash still cost the Bruins a pretty penny. The acquisitions of Nick Holden, Tommy Wingels and Brian Gionta figure to go a long way toward solidifying Boston’s depth for the push, with 184 games of battle-hardened playoff experience between them. Things certainly did not work out the way that anyone had envisioned when Matt Beleskey signed his five-year, $19 million contract with Boston in the Summer of 2015. Rangers trade All-Star winger Nash to Bruins. Named an alternate captain for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers as just a sophomore, players of his ilk can pay dividends for a team far beyond their statistical output. pic.twitter.com/ku2mT18IxK, RELATED: NHL TRADE DEADLINE: EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYERS MOST LIKELY TO BE TRADED. One of the biggest names available before the NHL Trade Deadline is no longer available. Jim Parsons is a business owner and freelance writer. "I felt good on the ice, I felt strong," said Nash after the game. Over 2 million monthly readers now come to THW for their hockey fix. signed his five-year, $19 million contract, Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Over the Hill Gang, Pietrangelo, Simmonds & More, Jets Roster Hopefuls for the 2020-21 Season, Ottawa Senators Sign Evgenii Dadonov to Three-Year Contract, Lightning Director of Scouting Al Murray – Drafting a Cup-Winning Core, NHL Rumors: Maple Leafs, Bruins, Panthers, Hurricanes, More. It’s possible that had he played like Rick Nash the Rangers would have lifted the Cup at season’s end and not the Los Angeles Kings. © The Hockey Writers 2018. What to watch for in Episode 2 of 'Quest for the Cup' Anaheim Ducks. The Boston Bruins and New York Rangers have completed one of the biggest trades heading into the 2018 Deadline with Rick Nash heading to Boston. Unique lists featuring pop culture, entertainment and crazy facts. For every late-first-round home run like David Pastrnak there are about a dozen guys like Brendan Gaunce, Leland Irving and Matt Pelech, all selected 26th overall in their respective drafts. By no means is an organization precluded from drafting top-notch talent should they be without their first-round selection in any particular draft.

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