Bruins acquire Nash, who could be in lineup in Buffalo today

Bruins acquire Nash, who could be in lineup in Buffalo today

Bruins acquire Nash, who could be in lineup in Buffalo today

It was not a cheap price, as the Bruins had to give up quite a bit to the New York Rangers.

Spooner will be a restricted free agent after this season, as will Ranger forwards J.T. Miller and Kevin Hayes.

This trade took about a day or so to pull off because of cap complications.

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, the Bruins will retain half of Beleskey's remaining $1.9 million cap hit over the next two seasons. The challenge to sign them all falls to Jeff Gorton, the Rangers' general manager, who spent 15 years in Boston's front office before joining the Rangers in 2007. They upgrade on Krejci's wing without giving up any of their elite prospects.

Most importantly, the Rangers now own nine picks in the 2018 draft, including two in each of the first three rounds.

NY is meticulously planning their rebuild, and that is obviously mostly going to be done through the draft. The Bruins second round selection in the 2016 Draft is more a defensive-defensman and does not get many points.

The Bruins now rank third in the Atlantic Division, one point behind Toronto for second place and five points behind Tampa Bay for first place.

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Nash has 18 goals and 28 points in 60 games this season. He earned the Maurice Richard Trophy in 2003-04 after scoring an NHL-best 41 goals.

Boston was able to carry out both before Monday.

Nash has topped 30 goals in eight of his 15 National Hockey League seasons and joins a Bruins team that ranks third in the Eastern Conference standings with 82 points.

Beleskey has played for Anaheim and Boston. Spooner was never truly able to become a consistent lineup player and Beleskey was barely ever on the ice. In 33 games for the Gophers this season, Lindgren had two goals, five assists and seven points. Beleskey's contract runs out after the 2019 season, so it's unlikely that he'll be part of the Rangers' long-term plans.

That's not to say that the old guard of the Black and Guard are set to drop off a cliff in terms of play next season, but there's no sense in stunting a chance to win to win now when you have nearly all of the pieces in place. He was thrown into this deal just for cap purposes.

Ryan Lindgren, the 6′ foot, left shot defensman now playing at the University of Minnesota is the final piece in the deal.

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