At ESPN.com, Scott Burnside lists Rick Nash and Brad Richards as two players who underachieved during last season and who need to bounce back.
Burnside notes that the Rangers will have one more chance to use a compliance buyout on Richards but that he is expecting “big things” from Richards under Alain Vigneault.”
On Nash, Burnside says that there were nights in the regular season where Rick Nash was the best Ranger but that wasn’t true during the playoffs and the Rangers brought Nash in to perform at a high level during the postseason.
TSN analyst Ray Ferraro said on Leafs Lunch on Friday, “When I watch Brad Richards, he looks like is carrying a bowling ball around. I can’t believe he has gotten that sluggish, skating wise. I can’t believe it. When he has time and gets the puck on the half-wall on the power play or he has a little bit of time, you think that he has some pretty elite stuff.”
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In the Globe and Mail, Eric Duhatschek spoke with Rick Nash about his time in New York and how he feels entering his first full season with the Rangers.
Nash said that there is more time to jell this season with an actual training camp and preseason
In terms of living in New York, Nash wasn’t very familiar with the city and was under the expectation that everyone lived in Times Square and constantly surrounded by millions of people. Instead, as Nash realized, he lives in more of a neighborhoody area that is more “chill.”
In describing New York, Nash said that it’s “easily the greatest city in the world.” He added, “I really do love it here.”
At ESPN Insider, Ryan Scwepfinger notes that some advanced metrics are pointing towards Rick Nash falling below the pace he set last season with 21 goals and 21 assists.
He notes that while Nash has been close to a point per game player in his career, 0.82 per game in his career, as he enters his thirties that may start to slip.
His projection has Nash putting in 65 points in 74 games which is a .87 PPG rate which is down from his .95 last season but higher than the .72 he had in in 11-12, his last 82 game season.
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According to the twitter feed @CTWolfpack01, Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello have been taking turns skating at the Rangers practice facility prior to the Rangers Peewee Camps this week.
Tweets and pictures are below:
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According to an article from the Columbus Dispatch, written by Bob Hunter, Rick Nash married his long-time girlfriend last weekend at a ceremony in Ontario.
He notes that Nash still lives in Columbus during the offseason and is still a member of a country club in town.
Ryan McDonagh was also married this month.
During the 2011-12 season, the Columbus Blue Jackets were in discussions about trading Rick Nash.
When the deadline passed, former Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson revealed that Rick Nash asked for a trade if it would get the Blue Jackets the necessary pieces to move forward.
Derek Dorsett, who was Nash’s teammate in Columbus at the time and is now a teammate of his with the Rangers, told the NY Times how Nash handled all of the trade rumors with his teammates.
Dorsett that nothing changed in how Nash approached the game, “he showed up for work every day, worked hard and scored big goals for us.”
He added that the team had a meeting where Nash explained that he still wanted to be the captain of the Blue Jackets, that the team was going to play hard and that Nash was going to give 100%.
Dorsett added, “he did it real professional. That’s the kind of guy he is.”
The one-year anniversary of Nash being traded to the Rangers was earlier this week.
In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that many of the Rangers did everything they could to welcome Rick Nash to NY and make him feel part of the team and the city.
Henrik Lundqvist invited Nash and his girlfriend over to his apartment for a champagne toast and he told Brooks, “I know I was excited that we made the trade for him, so whatever I can do as a teammate, of course I’m going to be anxious to do that.”
Brooks adds that Nash went out to dinner with his former Olympic teammate Brad Richards and that Nash received countless phone calls from team members and people in the organization.
In response to all of this, Nash said that the Rangers are first class organization and “As a player, it can be the little things that define an organization, and those were the things people were doing for me the first couple of days after I got here. They show you that they care about you.”
In an interview with the team’s website, Nash said about NY “becoming a New Yorker is a lot of fun. I really do feel that this is the best city in the world. There is always something to do, something going on. The biggest adjustment is the traffic and the amount of people and amount of energy. That is also one of the most fun things. There is so much energy and it makes you feel alive. It truly is a great city with all the great restaurants, museums, different shows, there is so much to do”
Today is the one-year anniversary of the Rangers acquiring Nash.
At 2:11PM, one year ago today, Darren Dreger sent out a tweet saying that the Rangers were in the process of acquiring Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The trade, which saw the Rangers acquire Nash, a conditional third round pick and Steven Delisle for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a first round pick, was made official at 3:57PM when the team sent through a release with the headline “For Immediate Release – RANGERS ACQUIRE FIVE-TIME ALL-STAR RICK NASH.”
96.4% of readers supported the trade for Nash.
On a conference call that evening, Rick Nash said “I was very excited and looking forward to this opportunity and being part of something special with what is already going on. It was a lot of limbo and tough period of five months but the good thing now is that it’s over and I can look forward to next year.”
Glen Sather said “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.”
Former head coach John Tortorella said multiple times last season that you make a trade for Nash 10 times out of 10 because it’s easier to replace the depth lost in the trade than acquire a player like Nash.
In his first season with the Rangers, Nash had 21 goals and 21 assists with 3 game winning goals and a 176 shots on goal.
Of Nash’s 21 goals, two tied the game, five gave the Rangers the lead and 4 gave them an insurance goal.
Six of his goals came with the Rangers already up by 2 or 3 goals. He was 3 of 7 in the shootout this past year.
Month by month, Nash had 6 points in 7 January games, 8 points in 8 February games, 14 points in 15 March games and 14 points in 14 April games.
In the playoffs, Nash had one goal and four assists in 12 games. He had 42 shots on goal
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This past season, John Tortorella called Rick Nash “the real thing” and “the full package”
Tortorella also said that Nash has come “as advertised” regarding how he handles himself and how he can impact a game.
John Moore, who played with Nash in Columbus, told the Rangers website“when you are first drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets, the first thing you think of is Rick Nash. He is the face of the franchise. Then you get to play with him and you understand why he is such a superstar. You get the puck to him and he does special things. As a teammate you just kind of sit back and watch him do his thing. It’s exciting to be able to play with him again in NY.”
Carl Hagelin told the Daily News that sometimes when Nash is out there and has the puck it looks like he is playing against kids because everything seems like it is coming easy to him.
Henrik Lundqvist told the Daily News that when Nash has the puck and an opportunity to score or is one on one with a goalie, he likes the odds that Nash has of scoring.
Derek Dorsett told the NY Times that Nash is a quiet, humble guy but a “beast” on the ice.
Derek Stepan told the Rangers website that Nash is “explosive” and all he needs to do is get the puck to him to make a play happen.
Stepan added that Nash is “a quiet guy, but he speaks in his game. His game brings so much to the table and it sparks the team quite a bit. He is quiet but he isn’t afraid to talk. He picks his moments he is a veteran who has been around the block. It’s fun to play and learn from him.”
Wayne Gretzky has said that Nash is a great player.
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In his first season as a Ranger, Rick Nash scored 21 goals in the regular season, one in the playoffs and three in the shootouts.
Of his goals:
- 1 was a wraparound
- 2 were deflected/tipped
- 6 were strong moves to the net
- 12 were were wrist shots
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