On October 8th in a game against the San Jose Sharks, Rick Nash suffered a hit to the head delivered by Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart. Nash would finish the rest of the first period, but he did not return and was deemed out for the rest of that match-up. Stuart served a three game suspension for the hit.
Since that night, Nash hasn’t participated in any action. This past week, Daren Millard of Sportsnet heard from a reliable source that Nash had been skating on his own and going to see a concussion specialist for recovery protocol. Steve Zipay of Newsday quickly dispatched of the report, saying it “wasn’t true.” Then the day after, Darren Dreger of TSN stated on NHL Network that the reports of Nash skating were true, but he was far from a return.
You could say things have been quite hectic around the Rangers lately, especially with trade rumors resurfacing last night. After the Edmonton Oilers traded d-man Ladislav Smid to the Calgary Flames, people in the Twitterverse quickly hopped on the train. Reports came out that Oilers forward Ales Hemsky cleared out his locker and was coming East in a trade, but no team was reported. It is now looking like that rumor wasn’t true and many writers/analysts have confirmed that Edmonton is done making trades for the time-being and there is no move imminent.
But, back to Nash. Pierre Lebrun of ESPN reported that Rick skated with goaltenders and healthy scratches prior to Rangers practice this morning. It has been confirmed by many reliable sources and it seems as if Nash is finally on the road to recovery.
This report is a good sign and it means Nash finally feels well enough to the point where he can begin some physical activity. It is still a long road back for him however. He still needs to skate with the team during a regular practice and he still needs to take some contact to see if he has any reoccurring symptoms.
But nonetheless, this is some great news and offensive reinforcements could be on the way for New York as they look to continue their ascension in the Metropolitan division.