12:03PM: Nash is listed as a bounceback candidate by NHL.com. They expect Nash to score 30 goals and get 65 points. (NHL.com)
9/8/14 | 9:41AM: Ken Campbell has Rick Nash listed at #1 on his list of “top 10 players/coaches” on the hot seat. (THN)
He says that Nash “simply can’t produce” when his teams need him the post and that if you combine all of his playoff games and his Olympic games, he has 7 goals in 54 games. (THN)
Campbell says that in the past Nash was able to drive to the net with players all over him and now he can’t seem to find his way to the net. (THN)
Nash was ranked 11th on NHL.com’s list of the top LW’s.
They say that while Nash needs to produce, his value goes beyond points as he has become one of the Rangers “most important” penalty killers, plays against the top players on the other team and is relied upon to be good away from the puck. (NHL.com)
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Adam Rotter: I don’t see Nash on the “hot seat” for the regular season. I think he will be around 60 points, score 30 goals, and be the same streaky/sometimes awesome player that he has been since he came to the Rangers. The playoffs though is another story and he will have a tremendous amount of pressure on him to produce. His lack of scoring last year was an issue but was overshadowed a bit by Marty St. Louis, Henrik Lundqvist’s performance and the fact that the Rangers were winning without him. It’s a long way to the playoffs but come April the “hot seat” will be waiting for Nash.
Rick Nash’s career high in points is 79 and only three other times in his career has he cracked the 60 point mark.
- In 2013, Nash had 42 points in 44 games which puts him on a 78 point pace.
Nash has 10 straight 20 goal seasons and has scored 30 goals in 7 of those seasons.
In the Dobber Hockey Fantasy Guide, they write “Are you ready to stop banking on name and potential and call him a 60-point player who occasionally gets 65-69?” (Dobber Hockey)
Nash, 30, is signed for four more seasons with a cap hit of $7.8 million.
- Dobber projects Nash to score 30 goals and 26 assists.
- Sports Forecaster has Nash scoring 33 goals and adding 25 assists.
- The Hockey News has Nash scoring 31 goals and adding 22 assists.
Adam Rotter: 30+ goals and 30 or so assists won’t justify Nash’s cap hit but it’s realistic to expect and probably along the lines of what he will end up. Nash has put up pretty consistent numbers when healthy and there is no reason to think that, if healthy, he won’t do the same. That said, everything with Nash this season is just a set up for what he will/won’t do in the playoffs.
8/8/14| 11:04AM: The Hockey News Pool Guide has Rick Nash scoring 31 goals and adding 22 assists in 76 games.
They write that while Nash doesn’t score in the playoffs, there is no risk of him doing that in the regular season.
Last season, Nash had:
- Regular Season: 26 goals, 13 assists 65 games
- Playoffs: 3 goals, 7 assists, 25 games
Kevin Weekes said earlier in the offseason, “Rick Nash can look at ways that he can bounce back. It was a difficult post season for him, I’ve known him a long time, he is a character guy and one of the elite goal scorers of this generation but maybe he needs to go back to school a bit and say that he can make some adjustments to be the Rick Nash that he expects and also the Rick Nash that everyone expects.” (Rangers)
Former NHL GM Craig Button talked about the expectation vs reality for Nash.
Nash is an “elite goal scorer” at even strength and he leads the league in 5 on 5 goals per 60 minutes since 2012. (NHL.com)
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Rick Nash said that on most game days he takes the subway or drives to Madison Square Garden from his apartment in lower Manhattan. (Dispatch)
Nash says that being in New York he doesn’t read the newspapers and stays away from the media.
In terms of fans, Nash said that with so many people in the city he hardly gets recognized which he says is “totally my style.”
Neither the Rangers or Nash are looking to at a trade that would send him away from the Rangers.
Craig Button recently talked about expectations vs reality for Nash.
The Rangers have no intention of asking Rick Nash to waive his no-move clause and he has no interest in leavin the Rangers. (NY Post)
Larry Brooks says that the concept is not on the table for either side. (NY Post)
Brooks says that nearly every conversation he has had with an agent or hockey executive this summer has included the idea that the Rangers trade Nash. (NY Post)
Nash has four more years left on his contract at a cap hit of $7.8 million. His no-move clause expires after this season but he has a no-trade clause for the remaining three-years. (Cap Geek)
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)
Rick Nash met with the media on breakup day and said (Rangers):
- “It was one of the best groups that I ever played with. So much fun in the dressing room and it was a tight knit group.”
- How much does the season motivate you to go further when you get this close, “it’s a tough one to handle right now. You work all season and playoffs to get there and you can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel and then to have it taken away from you was pretty tough to digest.”
- What brought this team so close, “we came together in the dressing room but on the ice as well. I don’t think I have ever played with a tighter group than this one.”
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