UPDATE: Rick Nash is officially a member of the Bruins. The Rangers have sent him to Boston in exchange for Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey, defensive prospect Ryan Lindgren, and two draft picks.
With the trade deadline less than three days away, the Bruins' attention has turned to one of the biggest targets. They appear to be working on making a deal for the Rangers for winger Rick Nash.
Multiple NHL insiders reported via Twitter on Saturday that the Bruins are interested in trading for Nash. TSN's Darren Dreger first broke that the Bruins are "definitely interested" in the winger's services. Elliotte Friedman said just a minute later that the Bruins are a "leading contender" to land Nash.
And on top of all that, Pierre LeBrun tweeted that the Bruins actually made an offer for Nash on Saturday. But it could only be the beginning of their negotiations. TSN's Bob McKenzie mentioned prospects Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Trent Frederic, and Ryan Lindgren in addition to a first-round pick as potential pieces of a package to send Nash to Boston.
While that's good news to anyone who wanted the Bruins to keep their NHL roster intact, any of the above prospects and a first-round pick would be perhaps the steepest possible price to pay without having to trade pieces off the main roster.
The salary cap is also a concern for the Bruins. John Shannon of Sportsnet later added that the B's would need to have the Rangers keep a portion of Nash's remaining cap hit ($1,761,290) in addition to moving salary of their own for a deal to work for them.
Nash has 18 goals and 10 assists in 60 games for the Rangers this season.
It sounds complicated for Don Sweeney to actually be able to pull off a Nash trade while keeping the rest of the NHL roster intact. Stay tuned for any further developments before Monday's trade deadline.
-- By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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