Update, 1:40 p.m.:
Post practice video of Nash discussing his status...
Update, 12:15 p.m.:
According to Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record, Nash said he's been headache free (his only symptom) for two days and he's taking it day by day.
"Dealing with the brain you always want to be careful..I'm inching forward here. ..I'm getting better"-Rick Nash— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) November 9, 2013
Rick Nash on the ice with goalies and extras today. Not sure what it means for time line but obviously a good thing— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) November 9, 2013
GM Glen Sather on Rick Nash (concussion): "Obviously he's on the road to recovery. He wouldn't be skating. He still has a ways to go."— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) November 9, 2013
It should also be noted he did not skate with the full team today...
That rush of wind you just heard was the collective sigh of relief from Ranger fans everywhere happy to hear that Nash is skating and we don't have to endure this all over again similar to Mike Sauer 2 seasons ago.
Just going off Sather's quote above, it certainly sounds like Nash has gone through and cleared all the off-ice protocols and the next step in his recovery is what happened today. Although the Rangers don't necessarily need him tomorrow, NYR still need to take every precaution to ensure he doesn't have a setback while he recovers his fitness level. The second Nash says he's ready, you'll bet he'll be back in the lineup.
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OK - now I think I can safely say my "I told you so"s. Right after he went down I said he would be back Dec-Jan and through all the pessimism and posts like "he's through" and blah blah your good friend "worlds" has been steadfast with his prediction. How did I know? Well of course I know absolutely nothing and until he is actually on that ice playing in a game nothing has panned out yet but this is certainly what I expected so far and obviously hope it continues. My thoughts/predictions were based upon 2 things, 1. intuition and 2. my own personal concussion history having endured PCS twice. The second time was only a slight concussion yet I went into a mild case of PCS for about 3-4 weeks (the first time was much worse). Nash was not hit that hard and was concussed not from a blow to the head but rather an elbow hitting him square in the jaw, the "knock out" spot. Because he had just recovered from a pretty significant concussion I figured he would go into PCS but for not a long period of time (I estimated 2 months) and hence the prediction of Dec. Jan for his return (though I think healthy or not he should sit out this season - your brain is more important than Hockey but I don't think he will. Anyway hat is the good news. He's skating and is probably about 4- 6 weeks or so from returning. The bad news is that based upon the nature of the injury (concussion from a "softer" hit - or at least it appeared to be a softer hit) it is most likely that he has had more than the 2 concussions that have been documented. This makes him very vulnerable and any serious concussion from this point on is likely to sideline him for a long period of time or permanently. I'd say a lot of other players are in the same boat, including Staal and the Pens Cindy so I would not be too alarmed about that but I would say enjoy Nash while we can because he may not have a long shelf life. He may get hit in the head his first game, he may never get another concussion. No telling but I absolutely do not want to see him dropping his gloves ever again!!!!
A little down the road, but any chance the Rangers lean on Nash or Team Canada to leave him off the Olympic team? Granted Olympic hockey isn't nearly as violent as the NHL with open ice hits, but the kind of hits that have given Nash his past two concussions can occur in International Play.
It would be risky to put him under someone else's watch for 2 weeks. Not to say he'll still be suffering from symptoms in February, but I'd have to think any time off from the high contact environment of hockey is time well spent.
Does that quote imply that he's had a headache every day since that hit in Anaheim???? HFS! I don't find that encouraging for some reason.
Now lets bring someone in to protect teammates and send message not too screw with us or payback is going to be a bitch.
Got to love that just on Wednesday the Rangers told Steve Zipay there was nothing new to report on Nash's condition then just three days later he's on the road to recovery. Is every team so secretive about injuries?
The question is what happens to the lineup... have to think Zuccs moves down to the third line. I love the way he has been playing, but that seems like the obvious choice... especially the way the Cally-Richards-Hags line has been playing. A top line of Kreider-Stepan-Nash would be lethal.
And this is a great case for the NHL to adopt international hockey rules, cause it is indeed less violent with less suspensions and major injuries, but the quality of play is still fantastic and the draw would still be phenomenal. Making the ice bigger, auto game misconducts for fighting, much steeper penalties for deliberate attempts to injure. Also bigger ice surface helps prevent injuries too.
To see how he responds and if symptoms return after the physical activity. It's the first step towards doing more.
In the video he said he had good days and bad days. Sounds like headaches were often, but I didn't take it as every day. He also said that was the only symptom so that is encouraging.
If this was last season, I would say they were being secretive, but this season outside of Hank's mysterious ailment, they've been pretty up front.
Remember this is a head injury. Until he is symptom free for a period of time, there really is no change. Now he has been, is skating, and we wait to see how he responds. Hopefully it's all good. He seemed really upbeat in the video, so you got to believe even he sees a light at the end of the tunnel.
@Kevin DeLury Most teams are secretive about injuries. If trades are looking to be made..Sather doesn't want any other team to really know Nash's status. If the Rangers came out and said Nash was done..then teams would know Sather is dealing with possible desperation and would fleece the Rangers. Now if teams hear that Nash is skating, any trade partner will realize Sather is dealing from a position of power
@Kevin DeLury it seems just us on that note.
@KreiderisTheChosenOne Not sure we need to worry about where he fits in the lineup yet as he likely won't be back for a couple of weeks and by then the lines could be completely different than they are now.
@shoot_the_goalie I don't think the ice size would help, particularly the example is Finland where they changed already ice from wide to NHL size. The only way to stop it give harder penalties, including not paying for time player suspended
@shoot_the_goalie Bigger ice surface, yes please.
@1NYN8V I've had 5 concussions I'm aware of - 2 before age 12 and PCS twice as an adult. I wrote about this in a bit more detail in above comments. To my knowledge I'm symptom free now but with those childhood concussions (both caused memory loss) I think I've always been a bit sensitive to sudden bright light and sound. Head injuries are on area I can provide a lot of insight
Oh I know. Been there, done that. Twice. Headaches were on and off for quite a while. Still suffer from light sensitivity, but that I can deal with.