In the Columbus Dispatch, Aaron Portzline spoke with some former players and current analysts about the situation with Rick Nash.
On how Nash can be best utilized, Eddie Olczyk says that Nash needs to play with a center who can distribute the puck and an offensive defenseman who can move the puck up the ice. He notes that Nash shouldn’t touch the puck before getting into the offensive zone and right now, without enough talent in Columbus, teams just scheme against him to slow him down.
Ray Ferraro adds, “He needs the puck to be successful. He lugs it to the net. He drives the net with the puck, not so much without.”
Ferraro tells Portzline that Nash hasn’t developed his game enough playing in Columbus and that if he were to go play for John Tortorella or Mike Babcock they would get rid of his bad habits.
Adam Rotter: Glen Sather sees how Nash would fit in with the this team, and on Brad Richards’ left wing, and that is why he has continued his pursuit of him while Scott Howson asks for the moon. As a player, Nash seems to fit in perfectly as he brings size, scoring, upgrades the talent, and gives the Rangers a chance to match up with anyone in the East. Of course you don’t just get the player though, you get the cap hit and the players and assets that need to be replaced.