5:05PM: SNY’s Steve Gelbs tweets that Alain Vigneault said that Rick Nash will practice with the team tomorrow and that while there is still no timetable on Nash, he has made big strides in his rehab.
2:14PM: Rick Nash met with the media after skating for the fourth straight day, via the Rangers:
- On how he felt today, “A little slow, a little out of shape but the important part is that I feel good otherwise.”
- On his expectations when he returns, “The game against LA was probably one of my best games. I felt like the puck was around me, that I was creating opportunity. I felt like I was in shape, that I had a great camp getting into shape and it’s unfortunate that the injury happened. As far as coming back and playing that way, I have full intentions on doing that and I think that it will take a few shifts to get back to speed.”
- Is conditioning the biggest thing now, “Yea. I think so. I am symptom free from the injury. I am pushing myself more and more and will see if any symptoms come back but so far it’s been good.”
- On the plan, “The plan each day is to do more and more on the ice and also off the ice in the gym and see if any symptoms pop up and work my way into game situations out there.”
More from Nash and video of him skating and making moves:
- Is the next step being cleared for contact, “I have been in touch with the doctors and trainers the whole time so we will keep them in the loop. It’s almost just day by day and see how I feel tonight and go with a new game plan in the morning.”
- Is this the first time at MSG this year, “I wasn’t because I had symptoms and doctors and the organization thought it was better to kind of lose the symptoms first.”
- Did you see the doctor in Michigan, “I went there.”
- What is he looking for when you see him, “I think, I went there…he is a specialist and he deals with many players and many guys around the league and he is a specialist at what he does. Just kind of him to evaluate it and see what degree it is at. See how I was feeling. He sees them everyday with his job so it was important to hear what he had to say.”
- Did you then follow his plan, “It was the team doctors, him and Rammer. Everyone has been great, everyone has been on the same page and at the end of the day we all have the same goal and it’s for the team to win and for me to be a piece of that.”
- “When you look at it, New York has invested a lot in me and I have invested a lot in them so even if we were losing it would stupid to rush back just because of that. It’s a long-term contract and we want to come at it from both sides that I won’t come back till I am 110% and ready to play.
For more on Nash’s concussion, CLICK HERE.