Recap: Rick Nash’s Post Practice Comments

NashRick Nash, via the Rangers, met with the media after practice today:

  • On doing more things, “It’s good. It’s all positive. It seems I’m be doing more each day. Everything is on track right now.”
  • On setbacks, “no…not yet. Everything has been all positive and I just need to keep getting my legs under me and getting into shape.”
  • On the light at the end of the tunnel, “I hope so. I don’t want to jinx anything and say it and then things swing and I take a bad turn tonight and I don’t feel good. Right now everything is positive and staying on track.”

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Read: The Recovery From A Concussion

Marc Staal Broadway HatOn Wednesday, Rick Nash went through his first practice, non-contact, with the Rangers since suffering a concussion.

Nash said that he felt better than he thought he would and Alain Vigneault said that he was pleased with what he saw from Nash.

Marc Staal told Ranger Rants that recovering from a concussion and getting back into game shape takes time.

Staal said the longer you are out the longer it takes to get back into shape and that it’s important to keep building day to day and doing little things.

He added that things turned positive for him when he would work out hard during the day and continue to feel good without a drop off. Staal added that he would spend the day waiting for things to turn bad and when they didn’t he knew he was on the right track.

John Giannone tweeted, after Nash skated for the fourth straight day, that if Nash’s recovery was to be compared to the NYC Marathon, “he’d just be exiting the Verrazano bridge.”

Buzz: When Rick Nash May Return To The Lineup

Rick NashIn the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done before Rick Nash can return to the Rangers lineup but after skating for six straight days, it’s not impossible to suggest that Nash could return as early as Tuesday against the Bruins.

He says that a more likely return date could be next Thursday in Dallas or next Saturday in Nashville.

Nash has not had any setbacks and has not reported any issues with symptoms.

He skated, in a non-contact jersey, with the team on Wednesday and is expected to again today.

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Adam Rotter: I am always much more conservative when it comes to bringing players back, but I think that next week is a little early. Nash, unless he starts today, isn’t taking contact and the team won’t practice this weekend to allow him to start. Ideally you would want Nash to go through at least 2 or 3 tough practices, taking contact, doing battle drills and going through some game situations before he returns.

Recap: Rick Nash’s Comments Today (Feels Good)

Rick NashRick Nash skated with the Rangers today, in a non-contact jersey, and spoke after practice, via Rangers Report:

  • On a time table, “Hopefully as soon as possible but I need some good practices, today is really my first one. We will see how it goes tonight and get back at it on the next practice day.”
  • How did you feel today, “I felt pretty good today…better than what I thought I would feel. I felt that I kept up but there is still work that needs to be done.”
  • On itching to take contact, “I think right now I am just following the doctors plan and seeing the trainer. WE have been following it this long so no point in going off of it now.”

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Note: Rick Nash Isn’t Cleared For Contact Yet

Rick NashAlain Vigneault announced yesterday that Rick Nash would take part in Rangers practice today as a defensemen, to ease him back, but wasn’t sure if he was cleared for contact yet.

Andrew Gross tweets that Nash hasn’t been cleared for contact yet but that follows standard procedure for players returning from head injuries.

Nash spoke yesterday about  his recovery and how he has been symptom free lately.

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Recap: Rick Nash’s Comments Today (Watch Him Make Rick Nash Moves) (Will Practice Tomorrow)

Rick Nash5:05PM: 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.”

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Practice: Rick Nash Skating Again

11:38AM: Zipay notes that Nash has been on the ice for more than 40 minutes. He adds that Nash is taking some breaks and sitting on the bench and then going back out onto the ice.


Rick Nash in action at #NYR skate @madisonsquaregarden

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10:51AM: Steve Zipay notes that Rick Nash is skating at the Rangers morning skate today.

It is the first time this season that Nash has skated at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers tweet that Brandon Mashinter, Justin Falk, Dominic Moore and Cam Talbot are also on the ice.

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