Another new player will dawn the Boston sweater next season. Riley Nash has been signed to a 2-year, $2.8 million contract according to TheScore. The yearly average is $900,000.
Now there are a few Hurricane fans on Twitter that aren’t too happy about letting Nash go.
Why do these Hurricane fans like Riley Nash? Well, he is a 6’1, 200 pound, 27-year-old center who was drafted 21st overall from the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers traded Nash before he even played a single game. They traded him to Carolina in exchange for a 2010 second round pick which later became Martin Marincin.
During the 2015-16 campaign, Nash put up 9-13-22 totals in a total of 64 games. Although, he had a -5 rating on a struggling Hurricanes team, and 18 PIM. Nash has been on the ice for 242 career NHL games, putting up 31-50-81 totals with a combined +/- of -14.
According to Hockey’s Future, Nash is a solid two-way player. Here is the full review of Nash as a prospect.
“Nash once cited former Red Wing star and current Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman as his favorite player and that is quite fitting since both play similar styles. Nash has a very good, but not flashy, offensive game and is reliable in every part of the rink. In addition to having the ability to stickhandle past opponents, Nash has a sound puck possession and cycling game. Though his size and strength is not yet at the level he will need to be as effective along the boards at the pro level as he is in college, Nash is willing to battle for loose pucks and defend in small spaces. His size, however, is the only impediment at this point between him and a NHL career. Nash is a complete player two-way player.”
This signing could mean that the resigning of Chris Kelly is a little less probable as Riley Nash will probably play 3rd or 4th line minutes. This makes it the fourth move of the day for the Bruins. To go along with David Backes, John-Michael Liles, and Anton Khudobin. Analysis on that can be found here.