Read: The Future For Rick Nash

Rick NashRick Nash has been out with a concussion since leaving after the first period of the Rangers loss in San Jose in the third game of the year.

That night Nash said that he had headaches and the team has repeatedly said that there is no update on Nash.

This is the second concussion Nash has suffered in less than a year and Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that Nash’s health has become an elephant in the room when it comes to looking at the future of the franchise.

He wonders if this will become a chronic issue or if Nash becomes Keith Primeau who suffered multiple concussions in his career including one that ended it.

Nash, according to TSN, also missed a game in 2002 with a concussion.

Adam Rotter: Everyone deals with head injuries differently. Marc Staal played through one and then missed half a season. Sidney Crosby missed time, came back and then missed more time before coming back and continuing to be the best player in the world. Then there is Michael Sauer who hasn’t played since he got his in December of 2011. Some players can bounce back sooner than others. Last year Nash only missed four games with his concussion and with the spread out schedule the Rangers have had this year he has only missed four this year. That four though is likely to double to at least eight since it seems unlikely, since he hasn’t skated yet, that Nash would be able to return before the middle of next week at the absolute earliest.

It’s premature, though not unreasonable, to start wondering about the future of Nash. His presence, spot in the lineup and cap hit loom large over the organization as he was brought in to be the offensive franchise player to go along with Henrik Lundqvist and the core group of defensemen. Losing him for an extended period of time, even with the cap space they could recoup by putting him on LTIR, would severely damage the franchise and probably necessitate a trade for a proven top-six scorer.