February 25, 2018 | 9:28am ET
TheFourthPeriod.com

BRUINS ACQUIRE NASH FROM RANGERS

 
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Rick Nash, left wing

 

The Boston Bruins have acquired forward Rick Nash from the New York Rangers for centre Ryan Spooner, right wing Matt Beleskey, defenceman Ryan Lindgren, a 2018 first-round draft pick, and a 2019 seventh-round draft pick.

The Rangers have also retained 50 percent of Nash’s remaining contract, while the Bruins have retained 50 percent of Beleskey's contract.

Nash, 33, is in the final year of his contract, which comes with a $7.8 million salary cap hit, while Beleskey has two more years after this season and has an annual cap hit of $3.8 million, which the teams will now split.

In 60 games with the Rangers this season, Nash registered 18 goals and 10 assists for 28 points.

The native of Brampton, Ontario, has accumulated 434 goals and 365 assists for 799 points in 1,049 career NHL regular-season games, to date, with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Rangers.

Nash was originally drafted first-overall by the Blue Jackets in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Spooner, 26, tallied nine goals and 16 assists for 25 points in 39 games with the Bruins this season.

In 253 career NHL regular-season game, thus far, with the Bruins, Spooner has picked up 41 goals and 101 assists for 142 points. He was originally selected by the Bruins in the second-round (45th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Beleskey, 29, went pointless in 14 games with the Bruins this season before being sent down to their AHL affiliate in Providence where he picked up four goals and two assists in 21 games.

The native of Windsor, Ontario, was drafted by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the fourth-round (112th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and has played in 472 career NHL regular-season games with the Ducks and Bruins, registering 75 goals and 82 assists for 157 points, along with 431 penalty minutes.

Lindgren, 20, was rafted by the Bruins in the second-round (49th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft, and is currently playing for the University of Minnesota.

Nash was ranked No.2 on TFP's Top 30 Available Players List.