According to a report from TSN analyst and NHL insider Bob Mckenzie, New York Rangers star Rick Nash has been traded to the Boston Bruins, in exchange for a package of picks and prospects.
McKenzie notes that the trade has not officially gone down yet, but is expected to be made official once reviewed by the league. For now, the pieces are in place and the two sides have an agreement.
More on this story to come.
The 33-year-old Nash was perhaps the biggest trade target on the NHL's open market and with him accepting a trade to the Bruins, it's expected that other trade deadline dominos will fall within the next 24 hours. How does his trade affect the market for other rental players like Vancouver Canucks forward Thomas Vanek or Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green?
While he's not the 40+ goal scorer that he used to be, Nash is still a very effective player. The veteran winger has 18 goals and 28 points in 60 games so far with the Rangers this season. While it's unlikely that he sees time with the Bruins' top line of Patrice Bergernon, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, Nash seems like a perfect fit to play alongside Bruins #2 center David Krejci.
According to McKenzie's TSN colleague Darren Dreger, it's believed that Bruins forward Ryan Spooner is included as part of the package heading back to NYC.
UPDATE 2: And it's official!
The Rangers acquire Spooner, Matt Beleskey, prospect Ryan Lindgren a 1st round pick and a 2nd round pick in exchange for Nash.
It's believed, at this point, that both teams have retained salary in the deal, as well. Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman reports that the Rangers have retained 50% of Nash's salary, while the Bruins have retained 50% of Beleskey's salary.