Anderson: Bruins paid fair price to add Rick Nash to mix


The Boston Bruins continued solidifying their playoff push by acquiring six-time All-Star forward Rick Nash in a multiplayer trade with the Rangers that leaves NY retooling for the long-term future.

The Rangers will also retain 50 percent of Nash's salary, which is the most that the current CBA will allow. The Bruins and Maple Leafs have been jockeying for position in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots all season long, so they're clearly trying to get themselves an edge, Nash is no longer the scorer he once was but at 33 years old, he's not far removed from his prime. Fast forward several hours later, and Bruins fans were waking up to the news that Nash had just become the newest addition to the Black and Gold. His presence on the ice, and in the locker room has been a boon to the Rangers for years. His efforts in his rookie season resulted in a Calder Trophy finalist nod.

"When the (Rangers) first asked me (for a list), I wasn't going to hold them hostage or anything like that".

Nash has had a bit of a down year for an underachieving Rangers group with 28 points (18 goals, 10 assists) in 60 games.

It sures up their left side defensemen depth with a player that can play the penalty kill to reduce some of the high minutes that Zdeno Chara is racking up.

It's important to note that Boston has an impressive five games in hand on Toronto, as well as three games in hand on Tampa Bay, so a chance at the top seed in the Atlantic is certainly still within reach.

Nash didn't fit into New York's future plans as he played out the final season of an eight-year deal for $62.4 million he signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He has put up 434 goals and 365 assists for 799career points in 1049 career games.

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The 26-year-old Spooner has struggled in Boston after potting 49 points in 80 games two seasons ago. His possession numbers are 52.9 percent Corsi and a -0.6 Corsi Relative.

By soaring into the top six in the National Hockey League overall standings, the Bruins have skipped a step or two in their reboot. In 253 career games, he has 41 goals and 101 assists for 142 points.

Spooner will also be a free agent after this season, although his situation is trickier for the Rangers.

Beleskey has played for Anaheim and Boston.

With New York basically assuming $1.9 million in dead cap space by taking on board Beleskey, I expected and wanted more.

Lindgren, 20, was a second-round pick by the Bruins in 2016 and is playing for the University of Minnesota. He also helped Team USA during their gold and bronze medal runs at the World Juniors in the last two years. Buried in the minors, where he's scored just four goals and totaled six points in 21 games for the P-Bruins - and accounting for almost $3 million in dead money on the B's books - the Bruins just needed to find a solution to what was an increasingly uncomfortable situation.