The Rangers have sent 6 time all star forward Rick Nash to the Boston Bruins for a 1st round pick, Ryan Spooner, Matt Belesky, Ryan Lindgren, and a 7th round pick. In other words the Rangers robbed the Bruins. I see some Bruins fans on Twitter trying to rationalize the trade, just stop fam, you're embarrassing yourselves. The Bruins gave up a 1st round pick and a pretty good prospect for a ghost of Rick Nash rental. The Rangers gave up a player with an expiring contract that had no future with the team and got back potentially two players that will be apart of their future for a long time. Those players being the 1st round pick they got and prospect Ryan Lindgren. Lindgren isn't going to be an all-star, however that doesn't mean he can't be a productive defenseman for the team for years to come. If you don't think the Rangers are the winner of this trade by a mile, I genuinely feel bad for you and the lack of brain cells you were given.
Let me break this down. Rick Nash was once an elite offensive player who has scored over 50 points 9 times in his career. However, those days are LONG gone. Rick Nash has 28 points this season in 60 games played, pretty ineffective by the standards of which he's held in this trade. Ryan Spooner, who the Bruins sent to the Rangers as a thrown in for this trade, has 25 points in just 39 games. Safe to say he's been a much more effective forward than Rick Nash this season. That's why it's actually mind blowing to me that the Bruins gave up so much value for a nearly valueless player. Now, it's not all hate for Rick Nash. The guy shows up every night, gives it his all, and I'm sure his leadership in the locker room is priceless. With that being said, it doesn't change the fact that the Rangers fleeced the Bruins.
Only way this trade will end up looking good for the Bruins is if Rick Nash somehow turns back the hands of time and lights it up for the Bruins. I guess they were looking to add a veteran offensive piece that'll help them come playoff time, which is totally ridiculous since Rick Nash is notorious for disappearing in the playoffs. Watch, now that I said that Rick Nash will win Stanley Cup Finals MVP and spit on my grave. If that happens I can't even get mad because it'd be so fucking ludicrous. Anyways, Rangers haven't won much this year, but this was a huge W for them in terms of building towards the future. The Bruins still have a ton of prospects, one of the brightest futures in the sport, nonetheless if they continue to make asinine moves like this that'll quickly change. This tweet I posted earlier sums up the tweet quite well: https://twitter.com/djackman96/status/967794993283895297