The Avalanche traded Holden to the Rangers on Saturday in exchange for a 2017 fourth-round pick. Holden was an extremely reliable defender for the Avalanche last season, notching 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) with a plus-1 rating over 82 games. The 29-year-old blueliner's arrival in New York will help solidify the Blueshirts' depth at defense following Keith Yandle's recent departure from the Rangers organization. Holden will likely begin the 2016-17 campaign as a bottom-pairing defender for the Rangers.
Holden recorded a pair of primary assists and a plus-3 rating Tuesday in a 4-0 win over the Flyers. The 28-year-old blueliner has been surprisingly productive recently, with four helpers in the last five games, and he's actually averaging better than a point every other game, which is playable on the back end of your fantasy blue line. However, it's hard to expect Holden to keep that up with second-pairing minutes and near-nonexistent power-play time.
Holden picked up a pair of assists and was a plus-3 in Friday's win over the Ducks. Holden logged 22:42 of ice time in the win and now has three points in four games to open the season.The 28-year-old has scored 15 goals over the past two seasons and should be a decent source of production from the blueline this season. He's only played 142 career NHL games, however, and has never surpassed the 25-point mark, so don't expect anything crazy, especially when you consider the fact he's on the third defensive pairing and seeing no power-play time.
Nick Holden potted the game-winning goal in Monday's 5-2 throttling of the Coyotes.
Nick Holden collected an assist in Thursday's win over the Senators.
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