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Read: Expectations vs reality for Rick Nash

Rick Nash scored 26 goals and added 13 assists (in 65 games) to tie for a career low 39 points.

Nash’s points per game of .60 was the second lowest of his career and down from the .95 he put together in his first season with the Rangers when he had 42 points in 44 games.

In the playoffs, Nash had three goals and 7 assists in an average of 17:25 per game.

Asked about Nash, Craig  Button said on SNY’s Rangers Blue Line podcast recently,”It’s always interesting to me with Rick Nash and it depends what your expectations are. I think Rick Nash is a very good player, he is big, strong and does a lot of things that help you win. I think 40 goals is really hard to do, I don’t think he can be a 40 goal scorer but I don’t expect him to be a 40 goal scorer, I think he can fall into the 25-30 goal range.”

Button added, “I think that he can provide that offensive thrust, playing in the offensive zone is the best way to play defense and with his skating and how he can stretch a defense…. but I don’t see him as a 40 goal scorer. I think 40 goal scorers are rare and 40 is the old 50 and if you get 30 you are a pretty darn good player but the contract that is tied around Rick’s neck and the expectation that he should be some prolific scorer…. I really like Rick Nash, I want him on my team but I think you have to realize what he is and how he helps you the best and then celebrate it.”

Nash has four years left on his deal with a cap hit of $7.8 million and a no-trade clause from 2015 to 2018. (Cap Geek)




19 comments
Jim Kennedy
Jim Kennedy

Didn't his NMC get exempt when he allowed himself to be traded to the Rangers? It doesnt go back in place. Why hasnt he been traded yet? I dont understand. He has more value then he is worth by a LONG SHOT

Diehard Rangers Fan
Diehard Rangers Fan

Here's my take on Nash.  I think he's been this type of player his whole career.  He's been very inconsistent.  And he's never done well in the playoffs, just like in Columbus.  Columbus was stupid sign him to a big contract like that, and Glen Sather was an idiot to trade Dubinsky, Anisimov and a 1st round draft pick for Nash.  You give up half your team for one player who is inconsistent and doesn't show up in the playoffs.   Just imagine if we didn't make that Nash trade. We would have more cap, have 3 centers, Dubi, Stepan and Brassard, and a winger to play on the third line in Anisimov.  I think we were all expecting so much out of Nash, and we've all been very disappointed, but he has played this way his whole career, its just that Sather made a very dumb trade. 

Kenny Batiuk Jr.
Kenny Batiuk Jr.

Nash is a good player anyone who says he is not is a idiot. He needs to play better this season but he is still a elite winger

KreiOfTheTiger
KreiOfTheTiger

40 goals is very hard to do esp when ur approaching the other side of 30.


that being said im not sure if 7.8m fetches you a 40 goal scorer in his prime on the open market today. 

Jimmy P.
Jimmy P.

He has a very big cap hit. He gets paid like he is an elite goal scorer. In a salary cap sport if someone is soaking up cap space and not producing it hurts, a lot. It also hurts that we traded an entire line for the guy, but today we wouldn't even get anything close back on that investment.

Good player my ass, he's like Stephan useless! Similarly like the gov, waste of tax dollars. Would you like to know what I did with Nash jersey? Bath mat! Thank goodness it's not authentic like my #30 jerz

Nick Visconti
Nick Visconti

@Diehard Rangers Fan We would not have Brassard.  We traded Gaborik to Columbus for Dorsett, Brassard, and John Moore. The only reason we traded Gaborik was because having Nash and Gabby on the same team left us with no depth and we needed that depth after trading it to Columbus to acquire Nash in the first place.  Also, if we didnt trade for Nash i think Tortorella is still the coach in NY.  That team could win with him at the helm and it showed, but the got fatigued very fast.  As messed up as it is, I think trading for nash was the start of different things to happen which put us in a very good spot with a bright future and a trip to the SCF. 

Billy Suede
Billy Suede

@Diehard Rangers Fan nash played all of one playoff series with columbus. small sample size. you do that trade ten times out of ten. they don't always work out but when you have the chance to get a top sniper like nash, you do it or let one of your rivals and potentially have it blow up in your face. 

Jim Kennedy
Jim Kennedy

@Kenny Batiuk Jr. Elite? No.  Just stop it. Elite players show up in the playoffs. He is inconsistent 1st line winger, nothing more.

What team is your #30 jersey from?


Joe Nicklo
Joe Nicklo

Who is "Stephan"? Not sure we have a guy with that name on the roster.

Pete Garofolo
Pete Garofolo

I Know spelling isnt a big deal on the internet. But if you watched enough games, you would know its spelled STEPAN, not STEPHAN. And saying hes useless, I can tell your a casual fan. I agree with heckno, dont talk about things u pretend to know. Leave it to the real fans thanks.

Gary Wien
Gary Wien

Stepan was basically a point a game player... if that's useless, you need to find another sport

Rangers!

Relax yes it was spelled that way on purpose. Stephan as in Stephanie b/c he is stiff and plays like a wuss. Yes leave it to the real fans, I bet you never been to a game.

Real fan? Ok homeboy

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