Tampa Bay Lightning

Former Silverbacks forward Nash acquired by Tampa Bay Lightning

Former Salmon Arm Silverbacks forward Riley Nash was traded in the National Hockey League on Monday from the Arizona Coyotes to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for future considerations.

Nash, 32, has four assists in 49 games this season split between the Coyotes, Tampa Bay, and Winnipeg. He started the season with the Jets and played 15 games before the Lightning claimed him on waivers on Dec. 7.

The Consort, AB got into 10 games for Tampa Bay before he hit the waiver wire once again and was claimed by the Coyotes on Jan. 6. Nash’s four helpers this season came in 24 games in Arizona.

He makes $750-thousand this season and is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2021-22 season. In his 11-year NHL career, Nash has 63 goals and 176 points in 627 games with Carolina, Boston, Columbus, Winnipeg, Tampa Bay, and Arizona.

Nash played one season in the BC Hockey League, tallying 38 goals and 84 points in 55 with the Silverbacks during the 2006-07 season. His point total put him in a three-way tie for 10th overall in BCHL scoring that season and he was named Interior Conference Rookie of the Year.

Before heading to Cornell University in the fall of 2007, he represented Canada West at the 2006 World Junior A Challenge, finishing the tournament with a goal and five points in four games.

Over a three-year NCAA career at Cornell, Nash wound up with 37 goals and 102 points in 102 games. He was a first-round pick, 21st overall, by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2007 NHL Draft.

After acquiring Nash on Monday, the Lightning announced that he will report to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League. During his career, he is also a veteran of 188 AHL games with the Charlotte Checkers.