There has been a lot of talk about New York Rangers star forward Rick Nash; who, as of late, has not been shining as brightly as he was expected. Now before I talk about what he’s missed, I have to note a few things; Nash was brought to the Rangers because of his ability to score. The man has an uncanny ability to score big goals when he’s needs to, and is the ONLY active NHL player with an active streak of nine consecutive 20 goal seasons. Also to note, Nash has missed 17 games this season with a concussion, the second of his career. However…
Nash has not played well, he scored a goal last night against the Tampa Bay Lightning; his first goal in eight games. He has scored only seven goals in 23 games played this season, and has had 11 games this season where he did not record any points at all. Nash needs to be a threat every minute he’s on the ice no matter who the Rangers are playing. This season, however, we haven’t seen that. He often looks lost on the ice, and treats the puck as if it’s a hot potato that he wants nothing to do with. Then, when he does have the puck he skates it into the zone, does a move where he turns around backwards and then gets rid of the puck.
The reason I’m picking on Nash is because he gets paid 7.8 MILLION dollars annually. That’s 7.8 million dollars of the Rangers cap space that could be used elsewhere, if Nash is not going to use it productively. Rick Nash is supposed to be a leader on this team, he was the captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets in his time there, which should mean he has leadership skills. I did not see that last year, and I have yet to see it this year. If it was up to me, I would try to move Nash as fast as possible; you could easily get a young talent like Nail Yakupov and a draft pick AT LEAST for him, and if he is not going to produce and or lead here in New York, then is he really worth the money it costs to keep him?
P.S. Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov have a combined 44 points so far this season compared to Nash’s 15. Now as I said Nash was injured and missed 17 games, I think that only proves my point. Had we not made that trade, we would not have run into an issue where our highest paid forward missed 17 games. Just some food for thought.