Bruins sign Olympic captain, National Hockey League veteran Gionta

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The Rangers will retain half of Nash's salary and the Bruins will do the same for Beleskey.

Nash's eight-year, $7.8 million U.S. contract is slated to expire in the off-season, according to CapFriendly. Bergeron played despite arriving at the arena wearing a protective boot on his right foot after he was hurt blocking a shot at Toronto on Saturday.

The Sabres host the Bruins at 5 p.m. Sunday, and Nash could be in the lineup. 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. A few days earlier, he made a deal for defensive depth by getting Nick Holden from the Rangers for blueliner Robbie O'Gara and a 2018 third-round pick, and soon after recouped that third-rounder by dishing winger Frank Vatrano to the Florida Panthers.

"It was a unusual last few weeks in NY, but I've moved on and I'm excited about this opportunity, " Nash said.

The Bruins topped his list, though Nash acknowledged he was ready to go nearly anywhere.

"I wasn't going to hold them hostage or anything like that, but I wanted to go to a place that wanted me and a place that had a chance to win, " he said.

After several mediocre seasons with the Bruins, Spooner had been a pleasant surprise with 25 points in 39 games this season.

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.

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Once New York Rangers General Manager Jim Gorton and President Glenn Sather released a letter stating the team would be rebuilding and trading key players, it was clear Rick Nash would be moved.

Most importantly, the Rangers now own nine picks in the 2018 draft, including two in each of the first three rounds. NY could opt for eating Beleskey's contract and obtaining Brandon Carlo and a first rounder, though to me that's an okay not great deal.

This marked the second trade between the two teams this past week.

Nash was acquired by the Rangers from Columbus in July 2012 in another major trade, in which the Rangers sent Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov to the Blue Jackets. He had 18 goals and 10 assists for a New York Rangers team that was down in the dumps, losing 16 of their last 21 games, so it is fair to think his numbers can improve. Overall, he has 434 goals and 799 points. NY seems to have fixated on that type of d-man in their deals, though Rykov, who came over for Michael Grabner, appears to be more offensive than defensive minded as of now, while O'Gara is exclusively a defensive blueliner.

Gionta has played in 1,006 career National Hockey League games with Buffalo, Montreal and New Jersey from 2001-17, totaling 289 goals and 299 assists for 588 points.

Lindgren, a second-round pick in 2016, could sign his pro contract after finishing his sophomore season at Minnesota.

Spooner is expected to make his Rangers debut against Detroit. In 472 career games with the Bruins and Anaheim Ducks, he has 75 goals and 157 points. Those totals are similar but slightly lower than last season, where he scored 23 goals and 15 assists for 38 points in 67 games.