Prior to trading Rick Nash to the Boston Bruins on Sunday, the New York Rangers made no secret of their willingness to trade the star forward.

But that doesn’t mean it was easy for them to do it.

The 33-year-old racked up 145 goals and 107 assists over his five-plus seasons in New York. And after executing the trade, the Rangers paid homage to the six-time All Star.

Good stuff.

As successful as Nash’s tenure in New York was, he failed to capture his first Stanley Cup championship. But in joining the Bruins, Nash adds scoring and experience to a roster that looks poised to make a deep run in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

In fact, the first step toward achieving that goal could come Sunday night, as Nash will be available for the Bruins in their game against the Buffalo Sabres.

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