Yet another one will be joining the Rangers organization. Riley Nash will be joining the Blueshirts on a two-year deal that is a one-way deal in year one and a two-way deal in year two. This is a completely buriable contract that will allow the Rangers an excuse to sell more Nash jerseys because apparently, Rick didn’t do enough of that. I’m obviously joking around, but the Rangers find another savvy deal in free agency.
Despite spending most of last year in the AHL with the Charlotte Checkers, the affiliate of the Florida Panthers, Nash is an experienced veteran who can do a job if it is required. He’s a center that can also play on the wing and that flexibility is always nice to have in a depth role. While he’s not going to make headlines, the ability to ice a player that can help the team in multiple positions is never a bad thing.
This will be the eighth different team that Riley Nash plays in the NHL if the forward ever makes his Rangers debut. He’s got 63 goals and 113 assists for 176 points in 627 career games, which shows you that he is not much of a point scorer. This is the kind of player that kills penalties, competed hard, and will give everything he has for the team time and again. He’s the type of player that the Rangers lacked in the summer.
Injuries have played the 34-year-old from Consort, Alberta. He’ll spend time hurt at some point this year because his body is starting to have issues with all the hits he’s laid and taken over the years and everything is just getting worse over time. With that said, it’s important for the Rangers to keep looking for value deals regardless of who they already have and this can certainly be considered a good value contract.