Nash officially traded to Boston, McDonagh rumors and Ratelle night tonight

Rick Nash of the New York Rangers celebrates a shootout goal

A few hours after being acquired, Rick Nash walked into the Boston Bruins' dressing room and met his new teammates. The Bruins need to either get a third team involved to take on some cap, make a deal by move cap space or include Matt Beleskey in the deal to NY, who would assume a large chunk of the $3.8 million he is owed in 2018-19 and 2019-20.

“Our players have made a push and I wanted to inch that along if we could and reward it in a way, ” Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said. He is projected to slot in the second line with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk. He also helped Team USA during their gold and bronze medal runs at the World Juniors in the last two years.

Boston began the day with the Eastern Conference's third-best record in preparing to close a five-game road swing at Buffalo.

Spooner is expected to make his Rangers debut against Detroit. The Rangers are holding on to 50 percent of Nash's salary and the Bruins are retaining 50 percent of Beleskey's salary (he has two years left on his deal). Just you watch. But the craziness news is that apparently Nash plans to be in Buffalo and play for the Bruins tonight!

There is a remote chance Nash could return to the Rangers as a free agent, but he would likely be leaving a lot of money on the table if the Rangers even make an offer.

"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. "I think Boston fits those both perfectly", said Nash.

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The native of Brampton, Ont., has spent six seasons in the Big Apple, putting up 252 points across 375 games. NY is slipping out of playoff contention, with a 5-16 record in the past 21 games since January 7 and a six-game losing streak ahead of a matchup with Detroit on Sunday. NY now has nine draft picks in the upcoming 2018 National Hockey League draft, six are within the top three rounds, and four are within the top two.

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

The Bruins also placed defenseman Paul Postma on waivers.

NY might not be done dealing with captain Ryan McDonagh also considered to be on the trading block.

Pouliot, who could potentially be moved before Monday's 3 p.m. trade deadline, scored for just the fourth time since January and now has three goals in the month of February.

He played for the Buffalo Sabres last season, serving as captain and finishing with 15 goals and 20 assists in 82 games. The 33-year-old has topped 30 goals eight times, and he had 18 goals in 60 games with the Rangers this season. Overall, he has 434 goals and 799 points. Since submitting his trade list earlier this month, Nash has made it clear he'd prefer to remain a Ranger but has been anticipating a deal. A 7th-round pick in 2019 is also going to NY via Boston.

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