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Bruins Acquire Nick Holden In Trade With Rangers

Boston sends Rob O'Gara, 2018 3rd-round pick to New York

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, February 20, that the team has acquired defenseman Nick Holden from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Rob O'Gara and a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.  

Sweeney will be available to the media today outside the team's dressing room at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta during the team's morning skate at approximately 11:30 a.m. local time (1:30 p.m. ET). 

Holden, 30, has skated in 55 games with New York in 2017-18, recording three goals and nine assists for 12 points with 14 penalty minutes. In his first season with the Rangers in 2016-17, Holden skated in 80 games and established career highs in all offensive categories with 11 goals and 23 assists for 34 points with a plus-13 rating. He added two goals and two assists in 11 postseason games.

Holden was acquired by New York from the Colorado Avalanche on June 26, 2016 in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The St. Albert, Alberta native played three seasons with Colorado from 2013-16, totaling 21 goals and 40 assists for 61 points in 214 games. He also added three goals and one assist in seven playoff games with Colorado in 2013-14. Holden spent his first three professional seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, skating in seven NHL games from 2010-13. He has skated in 295 career AHL games with Syracuse and Springfield, posting 26 goals and 92 assists for 118 points. 

The 6-foot-4, 214-pound blueliner was originally signed by the Columbus Blue Jackets to a three-year entry level contract on March 28, 2008. 

O'Gara, 24, has skated in 11 career NHL games with Boston over the course of the last two seasons. He has also appeared in 43 AHL games with Providence in 2017-18, totaling two goals and six assists for eight points with a plus-five rating. The Massapequa, New York native skated in 59 games with Providence in 2016-17, tallying four goals and nine assists for 13 points with a plus-11 rating. Following the completion of his four-year collegiate career at Yale University from 2012-16, O'Gara joined Providence for five games at the end their 2015-16 season and notched his first career AHL goal. 

The 6-foot-4, 207-pound blueliner was originally selected by Boston in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. 

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