Remember that perennial 35-40 goal scorer the Rangers acquired from Columbus for some heart and soul guys? Anyone have any idea where he went?
Through 18 games this season, Rick Nash has just six goals, six assists and has scored just once during the first six games of the Rangers current eight-game home stand in which they've posted a 1-3-2 record.
Nash, who has missed 17 games this season with his second concussion in less than a year, has also failed to score on his two shootout attempts this season.
...i'm at a complete loss with Nash right now. The guy had a solid first season on Broadway, scoring 42 points (21g, 21a) assists in 44 regular season games. Then last year's playoffs came and he was an absolute no show scoring just one measly goal in 12 playoff games. Since that time he's been beyond underwhelming. Sure he's has his moments...
...but let me ask you this, when was the last time he dominated a game from start to finish with the Rangers? I'll give you the answer, never. Not once has Nash ever resembled the offensive force that elite players such as Ovechkin are on a nightly basis. He holds on to the puck too long, always seems to have his back to the play and please stop with the blind passes to no one. The move Nash makes in the above video should be happening at least twice a game and we're lucky to see it twice a month. When the money is on the line this guys is no where to be found. To me, he's quickly becoming the ARod of the Rangers.
...now why is this? How has one of the most dominant offensive forces in the NHL been reduced to an average player? I think it's a couple of things. First is the concussions. You have to assume he's playing a bit tentative out there. It's only human nature that he's thinking twice about going hard to the net in an effort to reduce the chance of another head injury. I also can't imagine Nash isn't aware of the concussion history of another hulking Rangers forward who was forced to end his career after suffering multiple head shots in Philadelphia and New York.
...secondly, because of the underachieving performances of players such as Stepan and Brassard as well as the injury to Ryan Callahan, opponents are able to key on Nash, not allowing him the freedom to make plays. Nash's teammates need to start capitalizing on the open ice he's providing, which will hopefully force teams to take some focus off of him. Having said that, if Nash truly is elite, he should be able to rise above any defensive strategy thrown in his direction.
...if he continues with his struggles, I wonder if there's any chance the Rangers might buy him out over Richards?
Remember the selfish, one-way hot dog in Columbus? The big fish in a small pond who never improved his teammates, never carried the BJs to any success? He's still the same guy, just playing like he's afraid of suffering another concussion.
That 40 goal scorer we traded awAy just broke his collar bone and is out for the season
How's that trade looking now
We should also be looking for the real Lundqvist as well but I think those years have past..... along with Nash and Richards.... 3 very overpaid players (although I have more faith in Nash than the other 2 to turn it around....)
Night in and night out there is a different guy to get rid of ---can we just start over and get a new team please. I just press reset on my xbox nhl
My problem with everyone yelling about the Richards contract, which is horrible too, is Nash's contract is even worse. His cap hit is $7,800,000 which stands for 13.13% of the Rangers available cap! Brad Richards cap hit is $6,666,667 which stands for 10.37% of the available cap. Both contracts are terrible. People with the cap hit of Nash are Zach Parise, Eric Staal, Ryan Getzlaf, Dany Heatly, Marian Gaborik, and Joe Thorton. So I ask you which players would you rather have for the amount of money that we are spending? We has 23.5% of our available cap space taken up by Richards and Nash! Think about that.
Yeah, Nash hasn't been great the past month or so and doesn't seem to step up his game when it's needed.
I just wish people would stop whining about how we gave up all this so called "heart and soul" for Nash. Dubi had heart, sure, but he was getting paid over $4M/year and couldn't put the puck in the ocean. AA was a decent bottom-6 center who didn't hit anyone. Tim Erixon looks like a bust even more so than MDZ. If anything, we should be more upset about the 1st rounder we traded, not the rest of the guys.
Well written. I agree 100% with everything you have written. I am so tired of watching him turn his back to the goalie like he is playing pick up basketball. Talk about a tell tale sign of be tentative. He needs to go to the net like the power forward he is supposed to be. The power move he displayed in the Boston game coming off the boards is what we need to see and what he is being paid for. IMO
We should trade both Nash and Richards, picking up whatever salary we must....and get back good people/prospects and draft pics
Playing with Richards, I am predicting a big game for JT Miller tonight. Think it may be his coming out game. He finally gets to play center in a top 6 position. I am going tonight, and can't wait to see him have a great game. You heard it here.
Kevin I'm started to feel like this blog is like Big Government in the book 1984 where every day the headlines change the facts of what is actually going on. When Nash came back from his concussion and was on fire, and then responded to AV's comments about guys stepping up, you wrote on here how you were happy with his play and how the Rangers got the better end of the trades committed with Columbus. I get he is slumping right now but who isn't on this team. He was never an Ovi, Crosby type player to begin with. He'll turn it around soon enough and for you to say that maybe he should be bought out before Richards has to be a joke. Right?!
There are many ways to look at a thing. Why do we always gravitate towards the negative? Just a little while ago, the bells were tolling on Nash's entire career and now we're all upset that he isn't as good as Crosby and Ovechkin. It's still the case that another concussion could end this guy's career. The fact that he plays "soft" is no great shock. I'm sure the next time he careens cross ice into the slot, gets clocked, and never appears in another NHL game, there will be plenty of people here criticizing him for being too reckless, or at least, questioning his manhood that he's so easily hurt. In my opinion, it's great that we have the guy at all, let alone that he can still contribute.
At least now that Kevin has -- and thanks for this, Kevin -- "officialized" what most of us have been thinking and writing for months now -- i.e. that Nash is NOT the superstar we all hoped he would be -- perhaps we can finally accept what we do have and move on. It's obvious that a broken Nash is no substitute for our rose-colored memories of Dubinsky and Anisimov. We all agree. Now what?
Buy him out over Richards? Is today April 1st? Dumbest thing I've yet heard. With a relatively low cap hit and an existing contract don't you think that the Rangers would be able to trade him for some worthwhile assets? His ntc wouldn't be an issue once he knows he's no longer wanted at MSG.
That said, Nash is a dumb hockey player. Instead of making the simple pass he tries to do it all himself. Even when he does pass it rarely reaches a team mates's tape and too often winds up in a turnover. What a disappointment.
Concussions/ yeah - I've had a few of those myself but mostly I think it's lack of balance in the roster He's a big guy but doesn't play big. You got to balance your roster to utilize your talent. He's not Ovi. He;s got elite skills but is not an elite player so you got to balance things out to maximize his assets. It comes down to the same old thing. We need to get stronger. We need to get tougher. We need to get nastier. The guys we have need to step it up, yes but until we make roster moves Nash is going to be minimized, especially moving towards the playoffs if we get there.
Thank you, Kevin!! I have been thinking the same thing!! Couple of things I wonder...
The last few weeks he looks tired and sluggish--almost hurt----wonder if he is keeping something from the training staff and coaches
Why is Nash not in front of the net on the power play? He is 6' 5" with the best hands of any player in a NYR sweater...a puck comes lose, he should be able to plug in rebounds
I absolutely think that Stepan's rough start has been a factor. When Stepan is on his game, his passes are crisp and his touch and go's are excellent. Far too little from Stepan in that regard as well.
Finally, it is apparent, Richards and Nash have ZERO chemistry---no matter where Richards plays on the line....they don't mesh well and really both wind up watching the play instead of initiating it. I think Hagelin is absolutely the guy who needs to be put with Nash to initiate below the circle...
Nash might not play so timid if this team had somebody willing to police the ice. After his 2 concussions and seeing staal with another concussion , our star goaltender gets run at just the other night. All of this with no reaction from any other player on this team. I wouldn't put my self out either and u want to see him drive to the net hahaha
Richards has to be bought out-he is in decline..Nash will produce offence regularly year after year despite his struggles for a few years at least.We could try Joe Thornton as his center and that would probably solve the Nash situation.
We got fleeced. Guy is a consistent Underachiever, and a concussed one at that, who frankly is easy to defend. Granted he doesn't get much help from this team but let's be clear, he is not in the same league as Ovie and Cindy. He can't handle Broadway, and am I the only one who think he's kinda slow and dare I say kind of a slacker?? He doesn't shoot enough and that spin-around crap as he enters the zone with the puck is tired. That's my negative rant for the day.
How is your old Wonder boy Zuc doing? Quite embarrassing that he is second in Rangers and take a look at his pay check..
It seems me his biggest problem is not he afraid or can not pass or anything else, but he can not find his feet, this guy last season was flying mastadont, when he was getting puck in a middle and had up to 2 defs on him, he could just overrun them and his size never allowed to take him out of puck. But this year he just doesn't skate IMHO
"Nash ever resembled the offensive force that elite players such as Ovechkin are on a nightly basis. He holds on to the puck too long, always seems to have his back to the play and please stop with the blind passes to no one."
1st, Nash is not in the same class as Ovi. (Crosby, etc) He's like one tier below those guys who are bonafide future HOFers.
2nd, Nash holds on to the puck too long cause he has no one to give it to so he's trying to do it all himself. Hard when he has 2 people shadowing him all night, and a lot of times 2 of the better defensive players on the opposition.
3rd, blind passes to no one, cause his line mates don't seem to be in the right place at the right time.
Everyone likes to blame the superstar when they're not playing well, cause they're the ones making the big bucks and were brought to put up numbers. But heck, Nash can't do it by himself, and he's trying. Lots of people think he's lazy, but you can tell the guy is trying to pull out every trick he has, but he just can't skate through an entire team and score (sometimes he actually can - just check out highlights) And not fair to compare him with A-Rod, cause A-Rod as it turns out wasn't the real deal and was inflated by PEDs, and baseball is much more of an individual sport, where your numbers can shine regardless of how bad the team around you is.
@TheNYRBlog Or sacrifice some decent players and make a trade for a true goal scorer
@TheNYRBlog This team is has 2 desisions to make soon weither they want to rebuild and trade Cally and Girardi for draft picks or prospects
@TheNYRBlog team scorer like Evander Kane who is young and can play AV's style of play and bring in some creativity this team lacks
I was never a big fan of Nash coming to Broadway, but I still think there's no way anyone could have passed up that trade. I think his problems are two-fold: 1) as was mentioned, there are no other scoring threats on this team. So that means he is constantly going against other teams' top defensive pairs AND he probably has a mentality that if he doesn't score, nobody will. And pressing to be the go to guy ALWAYS works out, doesn't it? 2) His 30-40 goal years were in Columbus. They were a pretty bad team most of those years. When other teams faced them, there was likely very little juice in the games because it was friggin' Columbus. Now here he is on the NY Rangers and EVERYONE wants to beat the Rangers, no matter how good or bad they are. So he's probably not used to intense game after intense game and is more accustomed to having lots of room to work. At this point, he's probably a very good player to compliment a superstar, but at $7.5M per we need the supestar.
@TheNYRBlog order to actualy compete for a playoff seed and make a deep run IF we make it in then this team desperately needs a dominant
Whiney, complaining Ranger fans. I've never seen so many ever before this season. Not even halfway through the season. Get a fucking grip.
@TheNYRBlog If the Rangers are going to keep a stiff shoulder and choose not to rebuild after what we have seen so far from our team then in
The Nash of last year ranks in with those guys. Now that he's damaged goods, not so much. Hindsight is 20/20.
@calithirteenTrust me I'm more than aware that the blog is a walking contradiction. When things are going well we're winning the Stanley Cup, when not, blow the team up!!!!
Trying to make it as much of a reflection of the Rangers fans base as possible. lol
@calithirteenI think you mean Big Brother. "Big Government" is the poorly defined pejorative of GOP rhetoric. But I agree. What have you done for me lately, is the mode of this blog. It makes things exciting, though. Knee-jerk outrage to be reacted to in a knee-jerk outraged way. :)
Except his cap hit is not relatively low, but rather it is over 1 million MORE than Richards cap hit. And his cap hit is actually large for smaller markets and I do not think many large market teams would pick him up. Therefore, he is a liability.
didnt nash and thornton play together in switzerland? that would be a step in the right direction
Good Point about intensity or the lack thereof. Even the crappy Islanders play with more intensity against the Rangers.
@gravey94Yeah, not many people, if any thought Nash trade was bad at the time.
I was never for the trade because if you look at the statistics, he is not in the ranks with those guys in big key match ups. Rick Nash scores the majority of his goals in games against non-playoff contenders or when the team already has a big lead or deficit. You can see the study but it was posted by a Hurricanes blogger.
But then we would start to sound like NY jets fans where one week they want to proclaim Jeno Smith as the next Joe Theisman and the next they want to fire Rex Ryan! We are NY Rangers fans and we are better than that!