Rick Nash skated on Saturday and when he spoke with the media he said that he had received a ton of support from the organization and his teammates.
Henrik Lundqvist told Ranger Rants that it was “fun” to see Nash earlier in the week when the players took a team photo and “fun” to see him shooting pucks during his skate yesterday.
Lundqvist added that the team is just added to see Nash healthy and that no one wants him to rush back too fast and before he is mentally and physically ready to return.
Derick Brassard told the Rangers website “it’s huge just to see him at the rink. We didn’t really see him the last few weeks. He is really important for this team and we just want him to be healthy.”
Ryan McDonagh told the team’s website, “he’s been working towards getting better and it’s a good sign when we are seeing him around the locker room.”
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Nash has skated for three straight days.
11:09AM: Steve Zipay says that Nash and Moore are shooting at Cam Talbot.
10:39AM: The team has said on twitter that Nash and Moore will skate after the regular group finishes.
10:34AM: According to Katie Strang and Steve Zipay, Rick Nash is not skating this morning at the Rangers morning skate.
Zipay adds that Dominic Moore is not skating either but that the Rangers have all 12 forwards, 7 defense and 2 goalies on the ice.
It isn’t yet known if Nash skated earlier or if he will skate after the morning skate.
Taylor Pyatt is not skating as well.
Rick Nash, after skating today, met with the media:
- On how he feels, “It’s been good days and bad days over the last four weeks. There were steps forwards and then a step back and I have strung together a good 3 or 4 days and it’s been all positive since then.”
- Have you reached out to anyone to talk about it, “each case is so different, different symptoms, different techniques. I talked with a few guys who have been through this and what seemed to work for me was just time.”
- On the support from the team, “the support, from the organization has been unbelievable. I haven’t felt pressured or anything like that. Guys check in daily so it’s been pretty nice. It’s tough when they take away the thing you love so it’s been great.”
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11:37AMGlen Sather, via the team’s twitter account said that Nash is on the road to recovery but needs to get back into proper condition.
10:50AM: According to Pierre LeBrun, Rick Nash is skating today with the Rangers extra players and their goalies.
He says that he isn’t sure what this means for Nash in terms of a timeline to return, but that it’s “obviously a good thing.”
There have been reports of Nash skating this week.
Adam Rotter: Don’t go penciling Nash in for tomorrow or any game the next week or so. This is still a slow process with Nash recovering. He still needs to skate without any set backs, go through practices, take contact and get back in proper condition before he can return to the Rangers.
11:52AM: At ESPN NY, Katie Strang writes that she can confirm that Nash has done some “intermittent physical activity” at the Rangers training center and “continues to do so.”
She adds that Kutcher is the team’s preferred neurologist and that his meeting with Nash wasn’t recent.
7:02AM: According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, Rick Nash has been skating periodically on his own at the Rangers training center but is still expected to be out for an indefinite period of time.
He says that even while Nash has been skating occasionally there is no “expectation of an imminent return” from his concussion.
Brooks also confirms that Nash has met with Michigan based concussion expert Dr. Jeffrey Scott Kutcher. He adds that the absolute best case scenario could see Nash return in 2-3 weeks.
There have been updates on Nash, HERE and HERE, this week.
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4:55PM: Derick Brassard said today, via the Rangers, that “ I just hope he will be healthy really soon. The team needs him. He is our best offensive player and it’s disappointing he won’t make the trip to Columbus.”
3:21PM: At Sportsnet, Chris Johnston writes about Nash and says that people close to Nash “admit privately” that they have stopped asking him if he is making progress.
1:19PM: The exact exchange between the three hosts, Daren Millard, Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean, on Hockey Central at Noon about Nash.
- Millard: ….”There’s Jason Chimera of the Washington Capitals on Hockey Central on the Sportsnet Radio Network…there is progress on Rick Nash. The Rangers say (interrupted)
- Kypreos: “he is feeling better”
- Millard: …”he didn’t skate, we were told he did skate.”
- MacLean: “It’s great news.”
- Millard: “There is progress.”
- Kypreos: “There is progress. It’s headed in the right direction but it’s a slow process.”
- MacLean: “Did we get that from Joe Resnick. Or where did we get that.”
- Millard: “Be easy on Joe.”
12:52PM: Daren Millard and Nick Kypreos just said on Hockey Central at Noon that there is progress with Nash and while the Rangers said that he hasn’t skated, they heard that he did and that “there is progress.”
Kypreos said that things are heading in the right direction with Nash but that “it’s going to be a slow process.”
12:49PM: Sidney Crosby, according to Katie Strang, reached out to Rick Nash about his concussion. Crosby said that it helped him, during his concussion saga, to know what other guys went through.
The two were teammates in 2010 at the Olympics.
11:33AM: Andrew Gross sent out a tweet saying that questions were asked of Rangers PR about the status of Rick Nash amidst rumors that he was, at least, at the Rangers practice facility yesterday and was making progress.
Gross says that the Rangers say that there is no change in Nash’s status and nothing new to report on any signs of progress.
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On TSN 1050 this morning, Pierre McGuire was asked about the Rangers and if they were going to score goals this season.
Pierre said, “they need Rick Nash back, that would help. When they get three power plays including a 5 on 3 for a long period of time with the game on the line they need to score there. They were 0-3 and I think they will start to get more consistent goal scoring. We saw a little of it on Saturday night when they beat Carolina 5-1 and Derek Stepan had a Hat Trick and Carl Hagelin had two.”
He adds “they desperately need the presence of Rick Nash back in the lineup and talking to people around the Rangers he isn’t even around the group right now so there is no timetable on him. One of the things I can tell you with Rick Nash, even though he is a guy that has huge Olympic pedigree, there is no guarantee he is going to be on Team Canada if he can’t get back playing pretty soon. That becomes a story as you go along because of the concussion issues. The Rangers can start scoring when they get Nash back.”
4 weeks ago tonight, 10/8, the Rangers played the Sharks and Brad Stuart hit Rick Nash in the first period in a play that resulted in a three-game suspension.
Nash didn’t return for the second and third period and said after the game that he had a headache.
That was the last time that Nash has spoken publicly.
On 10/14 Alain Vigneault said that Nash was still suffering from post-concussion symptoms and the response from the media when they ask about Nash is “no change.”
Yesterday, Larry Brooks tweeted that the Rangers stance on Nash right now is “status quo.”
The Rangers Game Previews list Nash as having a “head injury” and being “out indefinitely.”
Last night, on Rangers post game, Dave Maloney said that he thought the third period against Anaheim was the first time all year that the Rangers really missed Nash.
THIS SECTION is all about Nash and his injury.
Adam Rotter: It’s been about a month now with no updates and seemingly no progress with Nash. The Rangers are well versed in dealing with concussions after Marc Staal and Michael Sauer and it wouldn’t surprise me if Nash has already seen some of the specialists that Staal did when he was recovering. It’s a slow process and he could wake up tomorrow feeling fine, go through all the tests and workouts and be back on the ice for the Rangers in December. Whenever Nash does feel better the team is going to take things really slow to try and prevent any setbacks.
People wonder about the long-term with Nash and there isn’t really anything that the Rangers can do. If Nash is hurt through the rest of the year they can’t buy him out. If he comes back healthy and is good, they won’t buy him out. Every player is one hit away and if Nash comes back and performs the way he should I don’t think the Rangers will think twice about keeping him.
According to reports from Detroit, Pat Leonard and Andrew Gross, Alain Vigneault had no update on the status of Rick Nash.
Vigneault said that he hasn’t even asked about Nash in the last few days.
THIS SECTION is all about Nash and his concussion.
Rick Nash has been out with a concussion since leaving after the first period of the Rangers loss in San Jose in the third game of the year.
That night Nash said that he had headaches and the team has repeatedly said that there is no update on Nash.
This is the second concussion Nash has suffered in less than a year and Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that Nash’s health has become an elephant in the room when it comes to looking at the future of the franchise.
He wonders if this will become a chronic issue or if Nash becomes Keith Primeau who suffered multiple concussions in his career including one that ended it.
Nash, according to TSN, also missed a game in 2002 with a concussion.
Adam Rotter: Everyone deals with head injuries differently. Marc Staal played through one and then missed half a season. Sidney Crosby missed time, came back and then missed more time before coming back and continuing to be the best player in the world. Then there is Michael Sauer who hasn’t played since he got his in December of 2011. Some players can bounce back sooner than others. Last year Nash only missed four games with his concussion and with the spread out schedule the Rangers have had this year he has only missed four this year. That four though is likely to double to at least eight since it seems unlikely, since he hasn’t skated yet, that Nash would be able to return before the middle of next week at the absolute earliest.
It’s premature, though not unreasonable, to start wondering about the future of Nash. His presence, spot in the lineup and cap hit loom large over the organization as he was brought in to be the offensive franchise player to go along with Henrik Lundqvist and the core group of defensemen. Losing him for an extended period of time, even with the cap space they could recoup by putting him on LTIR, would severely damage the franchise and probably necessitate a trade for a proven top-six scorer.