Rangers Trade Rick Nash to the Boston Bruins

Nash was acquired by the Rangers from Columbus in July 2012 in another major trade, in which the Rangers sent Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov to the Blue Jackets. Nash helped the Rangers reach the finals in 2014 where they lost in five games to the Los Angeles Kings.

The 6-foot-4 Nash was the first overall pick by the Blue Jackets in the 2002 draft. He reached the 30-goal mark in seven of his nine seasons with Columbus.

The Rangers will retain half of his remaining salary this season, TSN reported. Nash is making $7.8 million in the final year of an eight-year, $62.4 million contract. The Bruins will retain half of Beleskey’s contract after this season, when the 29-year-old forward will have two years left at $3.8 million per year, TSN said.

The Rangers, who lost six straight games heading into Sunday night’s game against Detroit, before which they will retire Ratelle’s No. 19, are almost certain to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

They are adding Spooner, a 26-year-old forward who has been with Boston his entire career. He has nine goals in 39 games this season and 41 goals in 253 games over parts of six seasons.

Beleskey has played for Anaheim and Boston. He has zero points in 14 games with the Bruins this season and has been with AHL Providence since December.

Lindgren, 20, was a second-round pick by the Bruins in 2016 and is playing for the University of Minnesota.

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

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The Bruins are in the thick of the Atlantic Division playoff race. Adding Nash for the rest of the season to their roster, which includes leading scorers Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, could be a key gain as they vie to win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2011.

The sagging Rangers were eight points behind Columbus for the final wild card spot before Sunday’s game. The Rangers have lost 13 of their last 16 games, falling from the playoff race.

The Rangers now have two picks in each of the first three rounds of the June draft. They also received the Bruins’ third-round pick with defenseman Rob O’Gara for Holden and acquired New Jersey’s second-round pick for Grabner.

Ryan McDonagh, the Rangers defenseman and captain who hasn’t played since a 6-1 loss to Boston on Feb. 7 because of an unspecified upper-body injury, has also been mentioned in trade rumors. His contract expires after next season.

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