Alain 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.
For more on Nash’s concussion, CLICK HERE.
In the NY Post, Glen Sather confirmed to Larry Brooks that Rick Nash suffered a concussion when he was hit by Milan Lucic in a Rangers win over the Bruins in February.
Sather said “Lucic rammed Nash from behind and gave him a concussion.”
Nash missed four games due to the hit and returned to the lineup with six goals in five games.
THIS SECTION chronicled the entire injury saga for Nash.
2:02PM: Bob McKenzie listed Nash in a tweet that mentioned players who had suffered concussions this season.
Nash said earlier today, that he has been banged up “quite a bit” and didn’t feel as if I could compete during the games he missed.
Nash said that the plan is to return to the Rangers lineup shortly.
11:05AM: Katie Strang says that Nash described his presence at the morning skate as “positive.”
11:04AM: Nash tells Andrew Gross that he doesn’t think he will play tonight, but that he has been skating on his own since last week.
Nash wouldn’t specify the exact ailment that has kept him out of the lineup and said that it was a few different things.
10:54AM: Steve Zipay says that Nash is still on the ice with Mike Sullivan and Mike Biron while all the other Rangers are off the ice.
10:30AM: According to Pat Leonard, RICK NASH is ON THE ICE at the Rangers morning skate today.
He is wearing a jersey that designates him for contact.
THIS SECTION has all of the details on Nash’s injury.
In the Rangers loss to Montreal last night, the Rangers saw Ryan McDonagh leave the game in the second period after being hit into the boards by Max Pacioretty and then Dan Girardi had to helped off the ice after blocking a shot from PK Subban.
Rangers who did not play last night due to injury include Michael Del Zotto, Arron Asham, Darroll Powe and Rick Nash.
Ryan Callahan said on HNL last night that injuries are no excuse for the Rangers, “they are key guys, but the guys we have playing are capable.”
John Tortorella was asked about the injuries and responded “what can you do?” He added that the team needs to keep on playing and that some kids got a chance to play last night.
Del Zotto said after the morning skate yesterday that he was feeling better.
Marc Staal was also questionable heading into last night with the flu.
Staal played nearly 28 minutes last night and had four giveaways.
On HNL last night, Ken Daneyko said that when a team gets into a situation like this, it is “demoralizing.”
The Rangers website notes that Rick Nash has been placed on Injured Reserve.
The NY Post says that the move is retroactive to Feb 17 and he would be eligible to come off IR tomorrow.
The move is likely to create a roster spot for Christian Thomas.
Recap of the Nash injury saga.
2:26PM: The Rangers have announced that Rick Nash WILL not join the team in Montreal for tomorrow night’s game.
10:33AM: According to Katie Strang, the Rangers have provided no update on whether Rick Nash will join the Rangers for tomorrow’s game in Montreal.
Nash did not make the trip to Ottawa yesterday but it was mentioned on the broadcast last night that the team was hoping he could join them in Montreal.
The Rangers are not practicing today.
Rick Nash has missed the previous two games with what is being speculated as dealing with after effects from a hit that Milan Lucic put on Nash last Tuesday in Boston.
Lucic told Joe Haggerty of CSNNE that the hit was clean and “I think he’s like 6-foot-4 and it was one of those things where I hit him and his head hit the glass [afterward]. It’s unfortunate for them and it’s unfortunate for Rick that he might be out because of that hit.”
He adds that he has only faced supplemental discipline once in his career and says that he isn’t a dirty player.