The Boston Bruins have acquired defenseman Nick Holden from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Rob O’Gara, the team announced on Tuesday. New York also picked up a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft in the deal.
Holden appeared in 55 games this season with the Rangers, having scored three goals and assisted on nine others. He was in the midst of his second season in New York, having set new single-season career-highs with 11 goals and 23 assists last year. It will be the fourth stop in Holden’s professional career, having first debuted with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2010-11 before a three-year stint with the Colorado Avalanche.
Boston gave up the 24-year-old O’Gara in the deal, who has appeared in just 11 NHL games and is yet to collect his first point. This season with the Providence Bruins of the AHL, he has scored two goals and dished out six assists in 43 games. A fifth-round pick of the Bruins in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft out of Long Island, O’Gara went on to become a four-year player at Yale, before appearing in 107 games with Providence prior to the trade.
The trade symbolizes where the Rangers find themselves in the standings entering play on Tuesday. They have accumulated just 59 points in 60 games, are in the midst of a four-game losing streak, and are in the cellar of the Metropolitan Division. On the other hand, Boston currently has 80 points, just one behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for tops in the Eastern Conference.