But I wanted to go to a place that wanted me and a place that had a great chance to win. Most of that production this season has come while playing with unlucky linemates (xxx), and Nash likely will enjoy a talent boost in Boston next to David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk on the second line. The Brampton, Ontario, native was selected by Columbus in the first round (1st overall) of the 2002 draft.
Boston began the day with the Eastern Conference's third-best record in preparing to close a five-game road swing at Buffalo.
But in a flash, Slava Voynov frantically got his stick down in the shot's path and Nash's drive that was ticketed for the top of the net instead ticked off the shaft of the now disgraced defenseman's stick and fluttered harmlessly away into the far corner. The Rangers received a lot for Rick Nash.
"It was a odd last few weeks in New York", Nash said. But that's the going rate to land the premier winger available on the trade market even if Nash hasn't cracked 40 points with the Rangers in each of the last two seasons.
The Bruins topped his list, though Nash acknowledged he was ready to go nearly anywhere. You'd like to think that the group can continue along the path that they are. 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.
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 nearly certain to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
Thus, it will take a while to assess whether general manager Jeff Gorton crushed a home run or hit a double here, but it is incontrovertible that the Rangers did well obtaining a well-regarded prospect, a first-rounder, a serviceable 26-year-old forward (plus Beleskey) for an impending free agent who, if the stars align, could return this summer.
The Slash are ranked second behind the Rocky Mountain Raiders (22-4-2) in the six-team division. On Tuesday, the Bruins acquired veteran defenceman Nick Holden for prospect Robbie O'Gara and a draft pick. NY could opt for eating Beleskey's contract and obtaining Brandon Carlo and a first rounder, though to me that's an okay not great deal. They're not even sacrificing offence given that Spooner has outproduced Nash over the last three seasons (.573 points per game compared to.545), albeit while largely being deployed in more favourable offensive situations. In 472 career games with the Bruins and Anaheim Ducks, he has 75 goals and 157 points.
It was not a cheap price, as the Bruins had to give up quite a bit to the New York Rangers. Once a Ranger, always a Ranger. 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. The 2016 second-round pick plays a very physical brand of hockey.
Clear your schedules, Bruins fans.
The Bruins also placed defenseman Paul Postma on waivers.
Nash may be getting older but he is still a good player.