The first domino has fallen. Nick Holden has been sent to the Boston Bruins for a 3rd round pick and 24 year old defenseman Rob O’Gara. O’Gara is likely just a roster balancing move, perhaps a body to play at the NHL level for the remainder of the year.
The fact that the Rangers got a third rounder for Holden is a major win. He’s been a lightning rod for negative attention, and for good reason. He was not all that good as a Ranger, not worth the fourth rounder given up to Colorado.
That said, they moved up a round. So that’s some decent ROI, I guess. But most fans get their wish: Holden is gone.