Breaking: UFA forward Riley Nash leaves Bruins, inks a 3 year deal

Wow… who saw this coming?

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Free agent forward Riley Nash has reportedly signed a three year deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets. This according to a report from TSN analyst and NHL insider Darren Dreger:

Riley Nash to Columbus. 3 years, $2.4 mil per.

Nash, 29 years old, had an outstanding season with the Boston Bruins in 2018-19, scoring 15 goals and 41 points in 76 games. The native of Consort, Alberta was an integral part of the Bruins’ lineup this past season, so it’s surprising that Bruins general manager Don Sweeney elected to not bring him back. Doubly so because of the relatively affordable contract that Nash ended up signing with the Blue Jackets. The Vancouver Canucks were reportedly in the mix to land Nash, as well but once they fell out of the running they snapped up another Bruins forward in Tim Schaller. 

The Jackets already have Pierre Luc Dubois, Alexander Wennberg, Nick Foligno and Brandon Dubinsky down the middle, so it remains to be seen just how Nash factors into things for them moving forward. As for the Bruins, they have Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci down the middle but can they really expect much from Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Noel Acciari?

In case you missed it, the Bruins also signed free agent defenseman John Moore to a five year, $13.75 million deal:

Moore should provide the Bruins with some stability on the blue line at a reasonable cap hit. In 81 games with the Bruins last season, the 27 year old blue liner scored seven goals and 18 points. While those numbers may not exactly pop off of the page, Moore is known more as a defensive specialist and could be paired with a more high octane defender like Torey Krug.

In another move, the Bruins elected to walk away from backup goaltender Anton Khudobin in favor of New York Islanders started Jaroslav Halak on a two year deal:

So to reiterate that's Moore and Halak in... Nash, Schaller and Khudobin are out. Oh... and in case you somehow missed it, the Bruins did NOT land superstar free agent John Tavares who elected to sign with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs.