The Boston Bruins announced February 20th, that the team has traded defenseman Rob O’Gara and a third-round pick to the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman, Nick Holden. Many people don’t even know who this guy is so lets talk about Holden and who he is as a player.
Holden entered the league as an undrafted free agent back in 2010-11. Over the past seven seasons he has played for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers, and now Boston Bruins. The 6’4, 214 pound 30 year old has had many ups and downs throughout his career. Holden has great size, mobility, and is able to jump up into offensive play when needed. He is able to play more minutes than most as his stamina level is extremely high. Holden is said to be somewhat inconsistent and lacks high-end talent. Overall though, he is a solid, mobile defenseman.
You may be saying to yourself, “Nick Holden isn’t good, why would the Bruins trade for him?” Well, i’ll tell you why. This move by Don Sweeney could prove to be a very valuable one has Holden has playoff experience and can add depth to the team. Holden hasn’t had a very good season in New York, recording 12 points in 55 games while being a -3. Now to be quite honest, I don’t see what is so wrong with having 12 points? Clearly, Holden has been able to hold his own on a Rangers team that may not even make the playoffs. Holden has more points than McQuaid, Miller, Grzelcyk, and Carlo. Points aren’t everything but clearly Holden can fit into this Bruins lineup and be of some help.
Holden joins the Bruins and is already second on the team in shifts-per-game with 26, second on the team in blocked shots, and becomes the team leader in hits. Holden is tough and will be incorporated into the Bruins lineup sometime soon.
Does this Holden trade mean that Don Sweeney is ready to part ways with a defenseman like McQuaid or Grzelcyk? Possibly, but I think this move does insinuate that Sweeney is not done making moves before the trade deadline. He will probably take another in-depth look at all the free agents and see what each of them could potentially add to the Boston Bruins.
The more I think about it, Holden isn’t such a bad acquisition. He adds that overall depth on defense heading into the playoffs and he could potentially turn it around in Boston. This was definitely not a bad move by Sweeney as Rob O’Gara probably wouldn’t see a full season with the black & gold. O’Gara is a great defenseman who will succeed in New York, but with the plethora of young d-men in the Bruins system, Sweeney probably didn’t see where O’Gara would fit in.
Overall, this isn’t a bad move by Sweeney, especially if he plans on making more moves before the deadline. Holden will add depth heading into the playoffs and could potentially become the Bruins number one guy on the third d-pairing.
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Erin is studying Communications and Public Relations at Bridgewater State University. She has been a Boston sports fan her whole life and is a huge Boston Bruins fan. When not in class, you can find her writing about hockey or watching hockey. She attends many Bruins games and has a dream of attending a game at every NHL arena in the US and Canada.