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Bruins acquire defenseman Nick Holden from Rangers

Scott McLaughlin
February 20, 2018 - 12:50 pm

The Bruins have made a trade with the New York Rangers, but it's not the rumored blockbuster for Rick Nash or Ryan McDonagh. Instead, Boston has acquired left-shot defenseman Nick Holden in exchange for defenseman Rob O'Gara and a third-round pick, the teams announced Tuesday.

The 30-year-old Holden, who is an unrestricted free agent after the season, has played 18:59 per game this season and has three goals, nine assists and 54 shots on goal in 55 games. He's been tasked with some of the Rangers' toughest defensive assignments, as he's started more shifts in the defensive zone than anyone on the team while frequently facing opponents' top lines. Despite that, he has a relative Corsi of just minus-1.2 percent, which is pretty solid given the circumstances.

It's unclear exactly where Holden will fit on the Bruins' blue line given that their current corps has played well pretty much all season, but at the very least he provides good depth, and his ability to play both the left and right side gives them some options.

It's also unclear what this means for any other moves the Bruins might be looking to make before Monday's trade deadline, but it shouldn't really take them out of anything given that they didn't give up anything too valuable. Third-round picks are a bit of a crapshoot, and O'Gara wasn't exactly a top prospect. The 24-year-old had played 11 games with Boston over the last two years, but didn't make much of an impact and doesn't have too much upside.

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