Bruins acquire Rick Nash from Rangers for multiple pieces

The first-round pick figures to be the most significant element to that endeavor, as Spooner is set to be a free agent at year's end and Beleskey has spent most of this season in the minors. He reached the 30-goal mark in seven of his nine seasons with Columbus. Credit TSN's Bob McKenzie initial report. He came to the Rangers in the 2012-13 season with six years left on an eight-year, $62.4-million contract. The Bruins will also be retaining 50 percent of Beleskey's contract which has two years remaining.

The Rangers, who lost six straight games heading into Sunday night's game against Detroit, before which they will retire Ratelle's No. 19, are nearly certain to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2010. He is now at the University of Minnesota where he has seven points in 33 games.

But Boston's "championship window" is a bit shorter - given the impressive play of Boston's veteran group such as a 40-year-old Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Krejci. The Bruins second round selection in the 2016 Draft is more a defensive-defensman and does not get many points.

Though he becomes a free agent on July 1, Nash's addition signifies the Bruins quest of inserting themselves as Stanley Cup contenders.

NY made their plans know in a letter sent to season ticket holders stating that wanted to get younger and faster and that they may be bad for a while. They are in a mad race for the top spot in the Atlantic Division. Gionta returns for a 16th National Hockey League season after serving as captain of the United States Olympic team, which was eliminated following a loss to the Czech Republic in the quarterfinal round at the Pyeongchang Winter Games on Tuesday. The Rangers have lost 13 of their last 16 games, falling from the playoff race.

Most importantly, the Rangers now own nine picks in the 2018 draft, including two in each of the first three rounds. They also received the Bruins' third-round pick with defenseman Rob O'Gara for Holden and acquired New Jersey's second-round pick for Grabner.

Sweeney continued solidifying a playoff push Sunday by acquiring forward Rick Nash in a multiplayer trade with the Rangers that leaves NY retooling for the long-term future. His contract expires after next season.

  • Rosalie Stanley