In the Columbus Dispatch, Aaron Portzline spoke with some members of the Blue Jackets about moving on without their former captain Rick Nash.
Jarret Boll, a close friend of Nash’s said to Portzline that things are certainly different without Nash around,”his was a big voice on the ice and in the dressing room.
Derrick Brassard said that he hasn’t often thought of Nash, but thinks that the team will notice his absence when they start playing.
While speaking with Andrew Gross in The Record, Nash said that for the first time in his career he had to put himself ahead of the Blue Jackets, “I want to win and I just wasn’t on the same page as Columbus management was. And, at that point in my career, for once, I had to be selfish and worry about my own career and not the team and the city.”
Nash also said that he is glad to be a Ranger and in another city rather than spending his entire career in one city.
He told ESPN NY, “I spent the last four or five years as a captain for Columbus. My game and my character improved a lot from that. Coming into a team that already had success here, I think it’s the perfect time for me to jump in and help out in any way I can.”