Bruins acquire Rick Nash from Rangers in blockbuster deal

Rick Nash of the New York Rangers celebrates a shootout goal

Rick Nash of the New York Rangers celebrates a shootout goal

That's not a reason to grind your teeth and bang your head against the wall; it's a reason to celebrate. He was originally drafted by the Bruins in the second round, 45th overall, at the 2010 NHL Draft.

Jean Ratelle spent 16 years in NY, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and was named one of the NHL's best 100 players of all time.

General consensus is that Don Sweeney may not be done tweaking his roster prior to the 3:00 p.m. deadline tomorrow afternoon. "But that's behind us and I'm happy to be a Bruin". 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.

The other two big pieces are for the future in Lindgren, the Bruins' 2016 second-round pick, and Boston's 2018 first-round pick.

There are so many reasons why he'll succeed with the Bruins.

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This season he has 28 points in 60 games. He probably won't play on the first power play because Danton Heinen can seamlessly fill into Spooner's old spot.

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.

Nash rejoins Nick Holden in Boston, as the Bruins acquired him in a trade last week. The Rangers received a lot for Rick Nash. Obviously, he has something to prove in terms of being a postseason player, but every playoff team, every playoff season, is different.

Nash may be getting older but he is still a good player.

Spooner is expected to make his Rangers debut against Detroit. He did well to play tougher this year as a wing and utilized his speed much better. It would have been almost $2 million the season after next (when Charlie McAvoy is due a hefty raise), and over $1.1 million in the two seasons to come after that. Ratelle amassed 491 goals, 776 assists and 1,267 points in 1,281 career games, each top-10 when he retired following the 1980-81 season.

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With Bergeron and Krejci around, Spooner was never going to find his real niche here.

Nash knew he was on the move being in the final year of his contract and eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and after the Rangers asked him to submit a list of teams he'd consider joining. In that way, he was already a rental.

From a Bruins perspective, the price of acquiring Nash comes down to one's opinion of Spooner.

If Boston wants to include Beleskey and/or have NY eat a ton of cap space, then a first rounder must be involved and the names listed by McKenzie improved.

Just like the Grabner trade, this deal once again makes the market a little clearer for guys like Evander Kane, McDonagh, and so on. They now have nine defensemen in the National Hockey League. He most likely isn't apart of the Rangers' future.

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