The Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers proceeded in making a trade on Tuesday, as both clubs are said to be talking quite often in the potential move of seeing captain and star defenseman Ryan McDonagh head to Beantown in the coming days.
Though this trade is not as big as the one Bruins fans are impatiently waiting for, the two teams still managed to agree on a more minor deal that includes two players.
The Rangers have acquired defenseman Rob O’Gara and a third round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft from the Bruins in exchange for Nick Holden.
Holden had heard his name in trade chatter for several months now, especially since the Rangers communicated to the entire world that they were going to sell veteran and entering an important rebuilding phase in New York.
Holden has played a lot of tough minutes this season as a result of being McDonagh’s most frequent partner and that has made a clear impact on his offensive production. The Bruins had been seeking a veteran defenseman who could take on loads of minutes to help out captain Zdeno Chara and for young rookie Charlie McAvoy.
The 30-year old blue liner is coming off of a three-year deal with an AAV of $1.65 million and no salary retention is involved in the deal with the Bruins, as NHL insider Pierre LeBrun reports.
While rumors have placed McDonagh on the block ahead of the deadline, many insiders suggest a move that will include the Rangers captain might be done more over the summer, around the NHL Entry Draft, so the Rangers can find a better suitor for the star defender.
However, with just six days to go, the Bruins might not be done shopping in the Big Apple.