TORONTO – The clear message that the Bruins pointed out to the rest of the NHL this weekend is that they are going to do it.
The Bruins got their big fish on the trade deadline on Sunday morning by acquiring forward Rick Nash of the New York Rangers in exchange for a first-round pick in 2018, Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey, D-man college prospect Ryan Lindgren and a selection of the seventh round 2019. Nash, the first general election of 2002 who scored more than 400 goals and 799 points in his 14-year career in the NHL, will be in Buffalo and will be available for Play immediately for Black and Gold in tonight's game against the Buffalo Sabers.
While on paper it might seem that the Bruins gave up a lot in the deal, the truth is that the Bruins got the highest available end in the market and had to move all those pieces to make the salary cap side of things work.
Sure Nash has not been a big player in recent years with his best season in 2014-15 when he scored 42 goals for the Rangers, but he's only 33 years old and is fully capable of revitalizing his game in a one-year contract. a team from the Bruins with a legitimate chance at a Stanley Cup. In his last three playoff races with the Blueshirts, Nash has 10 goals and 23 points along with a plus-9 in 39 games for New York and has been an effective offensive player when the bell rings.
Even more important to the Bruins, Nash is the exact type of 6-foot-4, 213-pound guy who has had excellent success with David Krejci in the past and really gives the second line Bruins a formidable quest a postseason race. It will fit perfectly in the replacement of the speedy and skilled Spooner with Krejci and Jake DeBrusk, and will give them the exact type of income end they had been looking for in the trade market.
With only David Backes as a large and heavy physical end between a group of smaller wings, younger and more qualified for the deadline, the Bruins needed to get bigger and stronger with the physical battles in the final leg and the postseason
To his credit, Spooner had changed his game this season and showed he wanted to stay with the Bruins, and actually had smaller, but comparable, numbers for Nash with nine goals and 25 points this season in Boston. Spooner will have the opportunity to be part of the fast, young and skilled group of Rangers as RFA after this season, and could flourish with a new start in a different organization after doing many of the right things for his career in the NHL this season. . . However, with the youth movement in full swing in Boston, there was no real space for Spooner on the Bruins' roster to advance beyond the expected playoffs of this season.
There was also no room for Spooner as more than an extra part if he stayed in the Bruins after Nash's deal with his second-line job, and with no appetite on the part of the B to break the third or fourth line that has been very good for them this season. If the Bruins were going to eliminate a piece from their NHL list without really upsetting all the good things they've done this season, Spooner could have been the best candidate in an exchange.
Beleskey was buried in the AHL after disappointing the last two seasons, and the Bruins get salary relief by including him in the deal as a contract that must be moved in order for the Bruins absorb Nash's blow of more than $ 7 million.
The real cost here, obviously, is the first round pick and a solid prospect of Bruins in Lindgren, a second-year defense at the University of Minnesota and a second-round pick in 2016. But that's the current rate to get the first available end in the trade market, even if Nash has not achieved 40 points with the Rangers in each of the last two seasons.
Lindgren was a staple of the Team USA World Junior team in each of the last two seasons and is well thought of in exploration circles for his leadership and toughness, but he is also a left-back defender at home. an organization that is well supplied in that area with Jakub Zboril, Urho Vaakanainen and a number of other players even after exchanging Lindgren and Robbie O & # 39; Gara.
The Bruins' message is clear here: Black and Gold are going to do it this season and they did not have to give up any of their untouchable pieces to do just that. That's something that Bruins fans should be excited about once the impact of a great rental move designed by Don Sweeney has been digested and badyzed beyond this weekend.