He said “I like both for different reasons. Left, I like coming out of my own end with my stick protecting me. And right, I like having my stick in the middle to shoot and protecting the puck. Over my career I’ve been bounced back and forth so many times it really doesn’t matter.”
The Rangers have Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider as left wings and Marian Gaborik (injured) and Ryan Callahan at right wing.
Adam Rotter: Different lines and different situations will dictate which side Nash plays on, but it’s good to know that he is comfortable with both. I would think that he will either start on Brad Richards’ right wing and Carl Hagelin on the left.
According to Bruce Garrioch in the Ottawa Sun, the Senators offered Columbus goalie Robin Lehner, winger Nick Foligno and 2011 first round pick Mika Zibanejad for Rick Nash.
Nash refused to accept a deal to Ottawa and the Blue Jackets subsequently acquired Foligno.
Garrioch writes that the Blue Jackets accepted the Rangers package of Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a first round pick because “didn’t want this to drag on any longer.”
He also notes that Scott Howson didn’t want to trade Nash to another Western Conference team and that center Joe Pavelski was a player that the Blue Jackets could have had.
Adam Rotter: To me, Howson got two good players who will help his team this coming season and a very good young defenseman in Tim Erixon. It wasn’t the “home run” he wanted to hit, which is why the media killed him, but its’ a good enough haul for a player who wanted out. Pavelski would have been a better get for them, but the idea of Columbus not wanting to keep him out West adds to the belief that the only way the Sharks were going to get Nash was if they moved Logan Couture. Same situation with the Red Wings, a division rival who made a “hell of an offer.” Howson had to hit a home run and get young stars if he had to see Nash four or six times a season.
On Nash, Portzline wrote in early July “The sense among NHL executives is that Nash will return to his dominating ways when he gets traded, that the weight of the franchise had taken a toll on him.”
Eddie Olcyzk said of Nash “Teams should be licking their chops to get this guy in their lineup. He has a chance to be a top-three goal-scorer in the league. Somebody is going to hit a grand slam with this guy.”
Rick Nash is a physical force-he has missed just 19 gms and averaged 35 goals per yr over last 5 seasons. Ranger fans will embrace his play.
How different was this proposal was this from the early ones? “I don’t like to talk about things that didn’t happen, I would prefer to make comments on the player or the players that left NY. It took a long time, I will talk about that.”
On Nash “We are happy to have a five time goal scorer who is 28 years old. He is one of the best goal scorers in the NHL and will help us immensely. These things take time to happen and it was difficult for us to trade the guys we did. I think it’s a fair trade for both sides.”
The Rest of Glen Sather and Rick Nash’s comments are below