Pat Leonard at the Daily News reports that Rick Nash will NOT be joining the Rangers for their game in Montreal.
Nash has missed two straight games with an undisclosed injury.
For a timeline of his injury, click here.
...let the concussion speculation continue!!!!!!!
...huge blow for the Rangers as they've proved over the last two games they've become overly dependent on Nash. Which will be a huge problem going forward if he's out for an extended period of time.
Uh so. Something interested that my friend pointed out to me about five minutes ago. A thread has been started by someone on the Rangers HF Boards, my friend pointed it out to me.
"Jason Wilson @sirjwillyBig shout out to my teammate @cpt27 and former teammate and good friend @Dreamer_Aliu78 for being called up to the #NHL. Well deserved."
According to this, Christian Thomas has been called up. I checked Wilson's twitter account, and it must have been deleted. The HF thread began at 11:22 tonight. I checked who the other player is: Akim Aliu, who was called up by Calgary yesterday.
I honestly have nothing more at the moment even though I am searching a lot. If Wilson's tweet holds true, then we may see Thomas in uniform tomorrow night. The Whale haven't played since Wednesday so the kids rested, and he's been on a hot streak as of late. At this moment in time I'm taking this with a grain of salt, but I'm sure we'll know more tomorrow.
Watching pitts vs fla tonight via firstrow ... fun game, they're competing ... no score half way through the 2nd
When the Rangers roll 4 lines they're more effective......IDK but it seems like whenever good prospects get called up and have a good 1st or 2nd game with the Rangers they're play tails off, and I'm not blaming the players here at all.........When u see a Torts press conference afterwards he tells everyone that he doesn't want these players to get a big head, not his exact words but I'm sure u get my point, and then it seems like he might b holding them back....He'll put someone like Miller or Kreider on a line that's really not a scoring line, where they might not b able to show their talent...in other words he doesn't want these kids to get ahead of themselves so he'll put them somewhere where they might fail.........any thoughts on that?
@Dudeinski -- it's an interesting perspective ... I'm a huge advocate of rolling 4 lines, and I think Halpern has been great, I might move him to 3rd line (he got moved up in Ottawa) and put Boyle on the 4th line (he'd still get PK minutes; with his faceoff prowess we could use him on the PP).
I think Torts handles the kids pretty well, and his record shows that. Miller and Kreider are getting their chances, Miller looks more ready at the moment. While Kreider is learning position and how to use his speed and size, he also needs to shoot the puck. I don't think the answer is to give these guys first line minutes or anything. They haven't done enough to 'get ahead of themselves,' and Torts isn't to blame (and I don't think their getting big heads is his concern, their playing a complete game is). The rookies have to learn the system, play their position, and earn their time. You can't make it on potential alone in the NHL, this is the big league.
That said, I say keep playing Mashinter.
It wasn't just the Lucic hit. I've seen Nash get drilled on several occasions. We have skilled players on this team....we just need to find the right balance of talent, toughness and grit. I'm not in panic mode...I believe this team is going to be in the playoffs. My worry is that once they make it...they will literally be bounced out.
Could you imagine playing a playoff series against Toronto or Boston? Those teams would physically dominate us. And if we did survive the series....we would physically have nothing left in the tank to play any other team
There is a "spark" missing with this team. There is also a toughness and grit issue. I believe one part has been remedied....and that is the call up of Mashinster. He played well when he was out on the ice. He can hit, drop the gloves if necessary, has decent hands(nice pass in the offensive zone in the third period) and he's a better skate than I thought he would be.
We need to have more toughness and grit outside of the fourth line....putting Mash on the third line addresses that problem.
We need a "spark" for this line-up. A high energy guy. Comes on the ice, takes the body....get the crowd cheering the hits when we're at home. Protects his teammates, drop the gloves when necessary...etc.
Michael Haley is that spark we're looking for. He's playing very well in CT. He's scoring, getting assists...and protecting his teammates. And for his size, he is a ferocious fighter.
Mashinster on the third line. Haley and Asham on the fourth. These moves fix our grit, toughness and "spark" problem.
@Mcphee21 i could go with this, then halpern centering, and Boyle a scratch, but what about when powe comes back?
Or He's taking time to heal a groin. You never know when those injuries heal until your full stride. Probably just being cautious. Mashinters gloves glued on BTW?! Does anyone want to give them a spark?
I think the question about this team is are they expected to be at the top of the Eastern Conference? In a regular season I would 100 percent say yes... But in a shortened season, with all new parts, no training camp and we have been beleaguered by injuries I would say no. Now that doesnt mean we cannot be a cup contender, but we just cannot compete with the amount of wins the Bruins and Pens put up, those teams have been playing together for years, and have mainly avoided big injuries. If we can build chemistry at the end and be a 4 or 5 then we are dangerous and can go the whole way, but to expect the Rangers to be the best team in the Eastern Conference in a shortened season with all new pieces is a bit over the top. Having said that I would at least like them to start playing more consistently, and hopefully like Boston and Pittsburgh we avoid the injury bug for awhile.
@TheNYRBlog Lucic should have been challenged by Asham after the hit on Nash. Last night Richards was getting destroyed, teams don't fear us
I dunno, that was a pretty weak hit by Lucic to cause a concussion. The play that MSG showed last night of Girardi getting his head smashed into the glass by Neil looked much worse, and that was routine! If it turns out to be a concussion, Nash will need to wear a David Wright type helmet and we can call him the Great Gazoo! What next, Hagelin catches the bird flu?
Wright looks exactly like Mr. Met. It's kind of spooky.
@gravey94 ya I didn't even see his head hit anything. Whatever it is, he just needs to get healthy. Just make it in the playoffs and then make some noise. No need to rush anything. I'd take any of the 8 playoff spots. Just make it in!
Another reason to not join the team could be to get treatment for an ailing muscle injury. Lets not try to panic about everything!!
Ugh. This is a really bad sign, one thing you don't do when you have a concussion is fly... Going have to figure out how to win a game without him for once.
Just curious but did you actually expect him to join the team in Montreal? I'm still not sure it's a concussion but I would've been shocked if he appeared in Canada this weekend. Honestly think the Rangers just said that to shut fans up earlier in the week lol.
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) I agree Melissa....was saying the same thing to myself.......lets hope he's ready for the homestand
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) Not for a second did I believe he was going to join the team in Montreal.
@KevinDeLury Okay, just making sure. Are we still in agreement that we don't think this is a concussion? (I know it's looking more and more like that but I just can't figure out how he could've been concussed on that hit.)
@TheNYRBlog I still think its a nagging groin issue. He just didn't look right in some games & I don't think they let him play if head ?s
@TheNYRBlog Staal hid it not the team and after they found out, shut down and with what Sauer is going thru I just don't see them doing that
@TheNYRBlog Once the symptoms are present they are REALLY hard to hide Its like be drunk without the fun physically and mentally
@mobilope I'm with you, but concussions are tricky. I think you said you've had a few so I guess you know better than me.
@TheNYRBlog Exactly, and until then Im gonna hope for the best also Nash never looked out of place, lost, etc, Staal did at times
@Rpmforte He'll get the entire year no matter what. But will be on the hot seat when next season starts if they don't make playoffs.
@TheNYRBlog I get that the training camp hurt him especially with his style of play but we need to be able to know how our best player is