Practice: No Rick Nash Again/OUT Tomorrow

The Senators reportedly offered goalie Robin Lehner, winger Nick Foligno and 2011 first round pick Mika Zibanejad for Nash.

Nash refused to waive his no-trade clause to go to Ottawa,

1:07PM: Larry Brooks notes that Nash will NOT make the trip to Ottawa but may join the team in Montreal for the game on Saturday.

12PM: Katie Strang tweets that Rick Nash is not on the ice at Rangers practice today.

For more on Nash, click HERE.

Nash had a bruised shoulder issue in Davos during the lockout but said it wasn’t serious.

He also had a minor groin issue that ended his time in Davos and brought him back to NY a month before the lockout ended.

Read: The Situation With Rick Nash

NashRick Nash was a late scratch last night with an undisclosed injury.

This is likely the same ailment that caused him to miss a season ticket holder event last Friday, practice on Saturday and make him questionable Sunday before he ended up playing against the Capitals.

There was speculation on Saturday night and Sunday that Nash may not be feeling well because of a hit that he took from Milan Lucic last week in Boston.

Yesterday, Katie Strang reported at ESPN NY that neither Nash nor the Rangers were happy with the hit from Lucic and felt he should have been penalized.

Today in the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes, “the Rangers aren’t saying anything about the condition of Nash, who played two days after taking the unpenalized hit and then again three days after that despite a couple of days that we know of, when he wasn’t feeling well. No one is saying whether No. 61 is suffering post-concussion symptoms. Perhaps more to the point, no one is saying he isn’t.”

Carp from Rangers Report writes, “The top-secrecy of the whole thing kinda makes it sound worse.”

John Tortorella has not commented on Nash and has said that he won’t comment on injuries this season.

The Rangers practice at 12PM today.

Adam Rotter: Speculation is running wild with Nash and I think part of the reason is to try and get John Tortorella to open up, at least a little bit, about why Nash is out. Tortorella is just trying to protect his player, but if it were something physical, like Ryan Callahan’s shoulder injury, the team would make an announcement about it.

When it comes to concussions, the Rangers have experience with Marc Staal, Michael Sauer, Brian Boyle, Marian Gaborik and now Darroll Powe. It’s hard to know if it’s a concussion because you see guys like Sauer, Powe and Boyle leave the game, but Marc Staal played through most of his concussion and Nash finished the game against the Bruins and scored in the shootout.

Staal passed a concussion test and was cleared to play after taking that hit from his brother almost two years ago, but missed a couple of games later in the season and then missed the first half of last season.


Buzz: Did Milan Lucic Have Anything To Do With Why Rick Nash Isn’t Feeling Well?

9:46AM: In the NY Post, Brooks recounts that Lucic used his forearm to drive Nash’s head into the boards and writes, “Now, a few days later, Nash isn’t feeling well. And though it may be a coincidence, it may not be one, either.”

He adds “As long as the Department of Player Safety is or feels bound to give the benefit of the doubt to the transgressor rather than the victim, it is not living up to its charge to make the game safer.

2/16/13- 5:35PM: Larry Brooks tweets:

  • Have to hope there’s no connection between whatever Nash is feeling and having his head slammed into boards by Lucic on Tues in Bost.
  • Lucic used forearm to drive Nash’s head into boards to finish check. Nash then responded with marginal hook. One penalty called. Guess who?

Nash was called for a hooking penalty at 6:43.

NEWS: Chris Kreider Recalled

KreiderThe Rangers have announced that Chris Kreider has been recalled from Hartford.

Kreider was sent down yesterday and after practice today, John Tortorella said that Kreider wasn’t playing well enough with the Rangers and needed to play more in Hartford.

Rick Nash missed practice today and according to our friend Melissa, he was unable to make the season ticket holder event last night because he was sick.

John Tortorella said after practice today that Nash was just taking a maintenance day and that he expected him to play.

Adam Rotter: Chances are this is just a precautionary move in case Nash is unable to play tomorrow.
To read more of this story, click here

Practice: Rick Nash Not Practicing Today (Is Fine)

12:23PM: John Tortorella tells Gross that Nash will be available tomorrow and that Tortorella gave him a rest because “he’s played a lot of hockey.”

11:16AM: Gross says that the lines are the same, but with Bickel replacing Nash.

  • Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards, Ryan Callahan
  • Carl Hagelin, Derek Stepan, Stu Bickel
  • Taylor Pyatt, Brian Boyle, JT Miller
  • Arron Asham, Jeff Halpern, Darroll Powe

11:15AM: Andrew Gross says that the team has announce that Nash is just having a maintenance day.

11:07AM: According to Steve Zipay, Rick Nash is not practicing today.

It is likely just a maintenance day for Nash.