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When the Rangers made the big Rick Nash trade, the prize bounty was the first round pick, Ryan Lindgren, and Ryan Spooner. The name Matt Beleskey caught some attention, but mostly because it appeared to be a salary dump by the Bruins to fit Nash’s salary. Beleskey was finishing up the third year of his five year, $3.8 million cap hit deal, but was doing so in Providence in the AHL.

Beleskey was signed to that deal by the Bruins –one that most thought was a bad deal at the time– after his “monster” 2014-2015 season with Anaheim. Beleskey put up 22 goals and 10 assists that year, and was viewed as a breakout player. After a decent but not worth the salary year in 2015-2016, Beleskey was eventually a healthy scratch and then demoted to the AHL.

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steven fogarty

For tonight’s finale, the Rangers have recalled forwards Matt Beleskey and Steven Fogarty. They will play this afternoon against the Flyers.

Beleskey was acquired as part of the Rick Nash trade. The Bruins signed him to a big contract after his breakout year with Anaheim three seasons ago, where he scored 22 goals. He never lived up to that hype, and the Rangers took on half the contract ($1.9 million cap hit for the next two seasons). He’s a fourth liner at best.

Fogarty, the Blueshirts’ third round pick in 2011, is finally getting his first shot at the NHL. The 24 year old center is known for his defensive and faceoff ability, and won’t exactly wow you with his offensive play. He’s another fourth liner.

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Feb
26

Thoughts following the Rick Nash trade

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The Rangers sent their biggest pending UFA and perhaps most valuable guaranteed trade asset to the Boston Bruins yesterday morning, culminating a series of rumors that started the night before. The return was a 2018 1st rounder, a 2019 7th rounder, prospect Ryan Lindgren, and forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey. As per usual, I have some thoughts.

1. First things first, the Rangers will 100% miss Rick Nash. He may not have been the 50 goal scorer fans had hoped (unrealistically) for, but he was a solid two-way player who consistently put up 25 goals when healthy. A series of concussions derailed him a bit, but when he was fully healed, he was a force on the ice. He drove offense, demanded attention, and opened the ice up for others. His penalty killing was top notch as well. The production may not have warranted $7.8 million, but the play on the ice was that of a top line forward. I thoroughly enjoyed his six years on Broadway.

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