At Puck Rakers, Aaron Portzline writes that for the first time in a while, Rick Nash will have someone who can challenge him to be better and reach another level of his game.
That guy, according to Portzline, is Rangers coach John Tortorella:
John Tortorella seems the perfect coach for Rick Nash at this stage of his career. Nash has been the best player in Columbus since, what, year two of his career? Since before or after Hitchcock was in Columbus, none of the Blue Jackets coaches have pushed him – or been able to push him. Nash stopped playing down low on the power play, where the beatings occur. He stopped playing on the penalty kill. Previous coach Scott Arniel indicated Nash no longer wanted to play in front of the net on the man advantage, but it was Arniel’s decision to take him off the penalty kill.
Hitchcock coached in Columbus from 2006 to the middle of 2010.
Adam Rotter: John Tortorella brings an honest approach to dealing with his players and in cases where the player is mentally strong and understands that Torts is trying to help them with his honesty, the player becomes better. Nash seems to understand what kind of environment he is coming into, along with the expectations, so I expect that he and Tortorella will get along quite well.