As the dust settles around this morning’s big trade, we’re left with a few questions:
- Did the Bruins give up too much?
- Will they regret trading Ryan Lindgren?
- Is there something else coming?
The biggest and most immediate question, however, is a simpler one: where is Rick Nash going to play?
The big winger is a left shot and has played both wings from time to time. In Boston, he’s going to end up playing on the right wing.
The most likely spot
A new second line:
Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Rick Nash
That’s not a bad second unit to roll over the boards. Another big body to get in on the forecheck, and a Big Winger™ that Krejci seems to love so much.
Given that he’s a rookie, it’s probably better to keep DeBrusk where he is and have the experienced Nash play on the right.
The other option
A shaken-up first line:
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Rick Nash
This one is less likely, as the current trio has been on fire all season. However, Bruce Cassidy has shown a willingness to pull David Pastrnak off that line when he feels it’s necessary.
It’s possible that he didn’t do it as much before because he didn’t feel that he had a suitable replacement. Does Nash change that?
Probably not, but it gives Cassidy options.
There is, of course, a chance that Nash ends up on the third line, but it isn’t likely. Cassidy likes that trio, and it would leave a whole on the second line with Spooner’s departure.
What do you think? Where would you like to see Nash play?