Bruins acquire defenseman Nick Holden from Rangers

New York Daily News
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The rebuilding Rangers on Tuesday traded defenseman Nick Holden to the Bruins for defenseman Rob O’Gara and Boston’s third-round pick in the 2018 NHL draft in the first of what should be at least a few deals GM Jeff Gorton makes before Monday afternoon’s trade deadline.

The 30-year-old Holden will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He played 135 games as a Ranger after being acquired from Colorado during the summer of 2016 for a 2017 fourth-round pick.

With the solid return, the Rangers now have seven picks in this year’s draft; their seventh-rounder belongs to Ottawa, who acquired the pick as part of the Mika Zibanejad-Derick Brassard trade from 2016.

O’Gara, a 24-year-old native of Massapequa on Long Island, was a fifth-round pick by the Bruins in the 2011 draft. The 6-foot-4 Yale product is on the last year of his entry-level contract and will be an arbitration-eligible restricted free agent this summer. He has two goals and six assists in 43 AHL games this season. He’s played 11 career NHL games and begins his Rangers tenure on the NHL roster.

Holden has three goals and nine assists in 55 games this season, most of which was spent playing to Ryan McDonagh’s right on the top pair. Holden showed some offensive flair last season with 34 points.

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