Bruins, Rick Nash To Have Contract Discussions Before Free Agency Opens

After announcing the Boston Bruins would not offer contracts to three upcoming free agents, general manager Don Sweeney hinted at moving forward with one specific winger.

Rick Nash, who was acquired by the Bruins via a trade with the New York Rangers, played in 11 regular-season games for Boston, tallying three goals with as many assists before missing the final 12 games of the regular season with a concussion.

The 33-year-old returned for the Stanley Cup playoffs, scoring three goals while picking up two assists before the B’s were eliminated in the second round by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

On Thursday, Sweeney shed some light on the B’s plans with Nash in the coming days.

“We’re going to have follow up conversations this week. I plan to talk to (Nash’s camp) again and have a, hopefully, have a clear understanding of where (his playing future) necessarily lands,” Sweeney said, via a team-provided transcript. “Rick indicated when he came to Boston that he was excited about the opportunity. He wants to win. He wants an opportunity to win.”

Nash is an eight-time 30-goal scorer and has over 800 points in 1,060 regular season games. He finished the 2017-18 season with 21 goals and 13 assists between 71 games with the Rangers and Bruins.

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