Bruins sign Olympic captain, National Hockey League veteran Gionta

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The Bruins have acquired Rick Nash from the New York Rangers, the Rangers have announced on their Twitter account Sunday morning.

The Rangers will receive forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey, prospect defenseman Ryan Lindgren, the Bruins' 2018 first-round draft pick and a 2019 seventh-round pick. I haven't played in a week, so it's going to be nice to get back out there tonight.

Nash is expected to add scoring on the second line.

The Bruins sit in third place in the Atlantic Division, five points behind the conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning. It's still unknown if Spooner was a piece the Rangers really wanted, or if it was more of Don Sweeney forcing Jeff Gorton's hand.

The Rangers will also reportedly retain 50 per cent of Nash's salary for the rest of the season, while the Bruins will be on the hook for half of the two years left on Beleskey's deal, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

This trade is one of a few that NY has made so far, and they aren't finished especially with teams calling in to inquire about defenseman Ryan McDonagh. He may not be the Rick Nash of old, but he still automatically bolsters a team that's already tied for seventh in the league in goals scored at 191. But I wanted to go to a place that wanted me and a place that had a great chance to win. "And I think Boston fits those perfectly". Gionta, who just returned from the Olympics, will give the Bruins depth. This season he has yet to record a point but has only played in 17 games.

The Rangers are slipping out of playoff contention in going 5-16 in their past 21 games since January 7, and have lost six straight in preparing to host Detroit on Sunday. NY now has nine picks in the draft, six in the first three rounds.

The Bruins also placed defenseman Paul Postma on waivers.

Ryan McDonagh, the Rangers defenseman and captain who hasn't played since a 6-1 loss to Boston on February 7 because of an unspecified upper-body injury, has also been mentioned in trade rumors.

It's been certain for weeks that Nash would be dealt before Monday's 3 p.m. trade deadline with the Rangers' slide in the standings and Nash due to become an unrestricted free agent at season's end. But they also got a past-his-prime winger who has 18 goals and 28 points this season and turns 34 around the time of the Stanley Cup final.

It's been an up-and-down season for Nash in NY, but the 33-year-old winger closed out his tenure with the Rangers by scoring nine goals in his last 16 games.

As for the price, we know what Ryan Spooner is and he may hit his stride with the Rangers or elsewhere and become a 20-goal scorer or 70-point producers. Although he'll be under pressure to make an impact worthy of what the Bruins gave up to acquire him, Nash shouldn't feel too much heat. Lindgren was selected by Boston in the second round of the 2016 draft and now is playing his sophomore season at the University of Minnesota. Nash played in KeyBank Center while Gionta will join the Bruins at practice Tuesday.

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