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)