Rick Nash traded to the Boston Bruins

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The deal includes Matt Beleskey, Ryan Spooner, prospect Ryan Lindgren, a first-round draft pick and a seventh-round draft pick.

Nash had 18 goals in 60 games for the Rangers. The matchups, the linemates, injuries - they all have an effect and it's unfair to decide Nash won't contribute to the Bruins this spring because of what he did with the Rangers. 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. However, cap complications prompted some creativity on both parties, as illustrated with NY taking on Matt Beleskey's contract and retaining half of the remaining cap hit on Rick Nash.

The Bruins lost 4-1 to Buffalo in Nash's debut and squandered an opportunity to jump into second place in the Atlantic Division standings, a point ahead of Toronto. Spooner was never truly able to become a consistent lineup player and Beleskey was barely ever on the ice. The Bruins need to either get a third team involved to take on some cap, make a deal by move cap space or include Matt Beleskey in the deal to NY, who would assume a large chunk of the $3.8 million he is owed in 2018-19 and 2019-20.

The 26-year-old Spooner has struggled in Boston after potting 49 points in 80 games two seasons ago.

Stay tune for more. He was thrown into this deal just for cap purposes. Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Ryan Lindgren and Trent Frederic are nice, but they are a pair of likely bottom-six players and a third pair d-man (Lindgren), though Frederic may have offensive upside.

Lindgren, 20, has two goals and five assists in 33 games with the University of Minnesota this season. He loves to hit and is a great defensive player.

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He could become a staple on the Ranger's blueline and is the other key piece besides Spooner to this trade. For the Bruins, getting out of even part of that contract is likely a positive, and for the Rangers, using that cap space to maximize the return in the Nash trade was a reasonable move.

Teams that have missed out on the Nash sweepstakes are probably going to start looking at Buffalo for Kane.

It's a hefty price to pay for Nash, but he's one of the most consistent goal scorers in the National Hockey League.

Trade deadline day could be a snoozefest at this rate.

The McDonagh trade market could also be heating up.

But the big splash was Nash, the older brother of B's forward Riley Nash. He said that the B's were at the top of his list of desired teams to which he could be traded. Did either team win the trade? (Nor should they, given the limited number of sellers and plethora of teams still searching for forward help.) The price on the Canucks' Thomas Vanek would have been a tad better, sure, but then you're talking about a step down in quality.

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