Rick Nash

Note: Rick Nash Hasn’t Been Producing Lately (Updates)

4:18PM: Nash says that he is a streaky player and is just looking for consistency in his offensive game and trying to help the team in other areas when he can’t get that going. (Daily News)

He says that anytime you are off the ice for an extended period of time, like he was, it takes time to get your game back but he feels that his is coming and that he has had good stretches. He says that most of all it is a consistency issue and that he knows there are games where he needs to be better. (Daily News)

12/20/13: 11:51AM: Alain Vigneault thinks that Nash is “real close” to getting his production going. (Katie Strang)

He will skate tonight with Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello.


12/19/13: 11:15AM: Rick Nash has played over 20 minutes in the last four games and has one goal and one assist during the stretch.

He has had 12 shots on goal in the four games, one game with ZERO and has been a minus two.

Nash only has 2 goals in 8 December games and only 3 points in December after putting up 6 points (4 goals and 2 assists) in 7 November games.

Alain Vigneault said after the Rangers lost last night that Nash is working hard to produce, trying to get to the tough areas and that it is only a matter of time before Nash starts producing.

Nash has also missed on both shootout attempts he has taken in the last four games.

The Rangers, according to Extra Skater, have had more than 50% of the even strength shot attempts when Nash is on the ice in 6 of the last 10 games.

On the season, via Extra Skater, Nash is starting 43.2% of his even strength shifts in the offensive zone.




20 comments
Frank Tulli
Frank Tulli

No I agree, not everyone is struggling. CK, Richie, Zucc..I agree with Step the puck might as well be a grenade.

Marc Weissman
Marc Weissman

But I don't think nec everyone is struggling on the team. Zucc clearly isn't. CK to a lesser degree. Honestly, I am ok with Nash playing big minutes. It's the mind-numbing decision of having Step out there so much, let alone on the PP. He has done ZIP to deserve any of that, not to mention he is actually HURTING our man advantage with his absolute refusal to shoot the puck, albeit there are more and more using him as a frickin "role model" for that. My God.

Marc Weissman
Marc Weissman

Good points. Or Leetchie in Game 4 vs NJ. Asinine beyond words... lol

Frank Tulli
Frank Tulli

I guess my train of thought here is...if everyone is struggling and hurtung the team. ..what struggling player do you go with..Brassard or Nash....Pouliot or Nash... Miller or Nash..ect. I agree at this point in the season benching your ""superstar" is acceptable, not in the third period of a playoff game when your down...ala Gabby.

Marc Weissman
Marc Weissman

Yeah, but not sure how u can say Nash gives us the best chance to win if he's struggling. Kinda oxymoronic, even if he can so-called break out at any moment. At some point, other players deserve to move up in his place. No different than Richie's struggles last spring. At some point, he was hurting the team more than helping it, and it wasn't until Slats stepped in and overruled Torts on the roster that it finally happened. Let's hope it doesn't come to that with AV here.

Frank Tulli
Frank Tulli

I think several factors weigh in. I think with a player like a Nash he can break out and score at any given time, so I think " name" matters in that respect. I think your point about the whole team struggling is another factor...You put the players out who give you the best chance to win; Nash is one of those..you let him play through it.

Marc Weissman
Marc Weissman

Technically both are correct, but when the team is struggling for wins, u gotta put T-E-A-M over I. Mark by a nose

Joshua McGhee
Joshua McGhee

If i were a betting man I'd say he was still hurt somehow, or his poor play is a result of being scared to be reinjured.  He is NOT the same player he was for us last year before the first concussion

Gerry Hansen
Gerry Hansen

Because when a player is in a slump, but still working hard, you just let him work through it. It's not like he's coasting. And as long as he's working, he's still your best chance to put it in net or set someone up.

Christopher Hill
Christopher Hill

Lets be honest.. he isn't the player we thought we were getting.


He is soft, doesn't go to the tough areas and seems to glide all over the ice.  I don't see other superstars doing this...so to me he is not one.


Look at Crosby last night, he was down in the corner, in the defensive zone, BATTLING for the puck for a good 5-10 secs.  When if ever have you seen that out of Nash. 


He isn't a superstar.. he is a very talented, but soft player and maybe his best days are behind him.

Mark Cupo
Mark Cupo

Ok here's my question if a guy is in a slump and you are not scoring . Why wouldn't you put the guys on the ice that are buzzing that game and are on it to give the team a chance to win regardless of their name

Anatoliy Shor
Anatoliy Shor

Give him a good center to play with and he will start producing.. I don't understand why AV doesn't try Brass with Nash?

Ryan Kaye
Ryan Kaye

If we are out of contention at the deadline he needs to be traded. This system hasnt made him any more effective than he was under torts.

babyface
babyface

Can we please STOP making excuses for Nash?  Superstars are supposed to play better than anyone else REGARDLESS of who's around them.  That's what makes them superstars.  Everyone recognizes that Nash is overrated.  Even on last nite's NBCSN broadcast, the consensus was that Nash was only POSSIBLY a contender for Team Canada in the Olympics.  What does that tell you?

C. A. TumminiaⓋ
C. A. TumminiaⓋ

@Ryan Kaye Traded for what? If you think watching the team as it's presently constructed is frustrating I've got a feeling you'll be eating these words if they trade him. Be reasonable, there is no way that a team starved for scoring trades the only player on the roster with the ability to score 40+ goals. 

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

@babyface That he just got over a concussion and so they take that into consideration, which is something they mentioned when he got hurt. That's what that tells you

Ryan Kaye
Ryan Kaye

@C. A. Tumminia @Ryan Kaye Guess you missed the part where I said if we are out of contention.  He would bring back a pretty good return and the cap hit would be gone, that was my main point.