June 3, 2018 | 5:21pm ET
BRUINS, RICK NASH TO DISCUSS CONTRACT
Rick Nash, left wing
The Boston Bruins made one of the biggest splashes during this season’s trade deadline, bringing in Rick Nash in the final year of his contract.
In a year where the Bruins were seemingly poised to make a run at the Stanley Cup, Bruins GM Don Sweeney swung for the fences and acquired Nash from the New York Rangers.
Giving up a ton of assets, which included a first-round pick and highly-touted prospect Ryan Lindgren, Nash’s acquisition was expected to push Boston over the edge. But after the five-game, second-round exit to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the playoffs, a lot has been left to be desired.
As reported by Ty Anderson of 98.5 The Sports Hub, the Bruins and Nash will begin contract negotiations within the next couple of weeks.
“Rick – we’re going to have follow up conversations this week,” Sweeney told reporters following Friday’s activities at the NHL Draft Combine in Buffalo. “I plan to talk to [Nash’s camp] again and have a, hopefully, have a clear understanding of where [his playing future] necessarily lands. Rick indicated when he came to Boston that he was excited about the opportunity. He wants to win. He wants an opportunity to win. He felt badly, and certainly he’s not responsible for this, because he got injured. It took away a little juice from him.”
Nash’s stint in Boston was up and down, as a late-season injury (suspected to be a concussion) derailed his momentum heading into the post-season. As a whole, Nash tallied six points in 11 regular-season games while scoring five points in 12 playoff games.
“We’ve got some pro meetings next week, and we’re going to go over with the coaches included,” Sweeney said.
“We feel that our top six – I think Rick Nash from a size and puck protection standpoint, gave us something that was maybe missing in that regard, so we’re cognizant of it.”
According to Anderson, the Bruins will likely try to persuade Nash into signing a “short-term” deal with the club, on the prospect of winning But with Nash turning 34 years old in less than two weeks, the player may be looking for a longer term contract.
Nash just finished the last year of his eight-year, $62.4 million contract that he signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets back in 2009.