Read: The Rick Nash Impact

Rick NashPrior to the lockout when the Rangers were skating together, many were asked the question of how big/what kind of impact Rick Nash will have on the team.

Jeff Halpern told Blueshirts United “I think Rick just gives you that extra element or X Factor that a lot of teams need to get to that next level. Just to put an impact player like Rick into this lineup, which was a great team to begin with, it changes a lot of things for the better.”

Brian Boyle said of Nash “He is a good man and a great guy in the room. His resume speaks for itself and he is a great leader so he is going to fit in here.”

Steve Eminger told the Rangers website “He is going to provide a huge presence to our lineup. He is one of the top wingers in the NHL and I think everyone is pretty excited to have him out there and dominate.”

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At The Hockey News, they remind people that Nash loved playing for Ken Hitchcock, a coach with a similar demanding style to John Tortorella, and that with Marian Gaborik, Ryan Callahan and Brad Richards, Nash “has the supporting cast to star on Broadway.”

During their time together at practice this week, Marian Gaborik told the Rangers website, “I think it was a great addition, Rick has proven himself in the league to be a great power forward and goal scorer. He isn’t going to just add goal scoring, but overall power in our offense. The scoring should be spread out and I think we will have four lines that can play. We have done it last year and I think this year we can be even better.”

Dan Girardi added that Nash brings another dynamic to the Rangers.

Doc Emrick told the NY Post that adding Nash will make the Rangers much more fun to watch.

Ryan Callahan told the Rangers website, “right away he has fit in the room. He meshes well with us. I think what he does on the ice speaks for itself. He is obviously one of the top players in the league. Just to add him to the mix of what we had last year will be a big bonus for us.”