Rick Nash Trade, Was it Worth It?

Some may look at last season’s trade of Rick Nash by the Rangers to the Bruins as a steal for New York. After all, New York got three players in return, along with two draft picks, including a first round pick. But how much did it work out for the Rangers?

It certainly did not work out for the Bruins. They gave up a lot to get a 33-year-old winger whose best days were behind him. After a 42 goal season for New York in 2014-15, Nash’s production dropped drastically, to 15 goals in 2015-16 and 23 goals in 2016-17. When he was traded to Boston on February 25th, 2018, Nash had 18 goals in 60 games. He only registered three more for Boston in the regular season, and three more in 12 playoff games, before the Bruins bowed out in round two to Tampa Bay. Nash is no longer in a Bruins uniform, and is currently an unrestricted free agent. Boston also was without a first round pick in the draft.

But what about the Rangers? None of the three players they got from Boston panned out. Ryan Spooner had a goal and an assist in 16 games and is now with Edmonton. Matt Belesky played only one game for New York and was placed on waivers. Ryan Lindgren is currently with the AHL’s Hartford Wolfpack. As for the Rangers first round pick, defenseman K’Andre Miller decided to remain at Wisconsin-Madison.