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Is it time to worry about Rick Nash?

(AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

(AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

In almost every post here since Rick Nash went down with a concussion, the talk has been about his status, how long he will be out, and how good the Rangers will be (now that they appear to be clicking) once he returns full time. However, there has been a lot of concern about the severity of his concussion. Mum has been the word from the Rangers, and while that doesn’t necessarily mean bad things, it’s not exactly a positive either.

With concussions, the rule of thumb is no news is bad news. We here at BSB are the eternal optimists, but even we are beginning to get a little concerned about Nash’s concussion, his second in a calendar year. The Rangers have a history of being quiet about concussions, since there is never a set time table for his return. They were quiet for Marc Staal, who took almost a year to come back. They were quiet with Mike Sauer, who never came back.

Of course, Nash came back pretty quickly from his first concussion. Brad Richards only missed a few games after his concussion. So there is some room for optimism here. But Nash has already been out for a month.

I’ve been saying that the sign Nash will be out long term will be his placement on LTIR. However, that’s not exactly the case. You can’t bank LTIR space. Since the Rangers are under the cap (by pennies) without he or Ryan Callahan on LTIR, there’s no need to put him on LTIR. LTIR doesn’t clear cap space, it allows you to spend over the cap by the salary amount (Nash – $7.8 million). New York needed to do this with Carl Hagelin to get under the cap, but they don’t need to do it now.

Nash won’t be placed on LTIR until the club makes a move that will put them over the cap. That is the moment when we will know something is seriously wrong here, but it is not the moment when we will know he is out long term. It’s a bit of a conundrum.

After 350 words, I don’t think I’ve even answered the question in the title of the post. I am not usually a worrier, but I am beginning to worry about Nash’s injury. Concussions are tricky. The Rangers have been silent (like with Sauer and Staal). Nash has not even been seen at practice or optional skates. That’s not a good trifecta.

15 Responses to “Is it time to worry about Rick Nash?”

  1. Gary says:

    Agree, not a good sign at all. A positive (not that anything real positive can come from someone’s misfortune)? Team can integrate kids and pound home the AV system out of necessity and weeks or months down the road maybe add in Nash as a bonus.

    Kreider has obviously stopped watching what other guys do and started doing what he does. That is because he’s responding positively to responsibility and the team depending on him.

    A star like Nash can through no fault of his own get other guys deferring to him and waiting to see what he does and how he does it. Right now is time for the whole team to keep getting the system and like a previous post mentioned, stop thinking and being a split second behind.

    FWIW, the Nash hit looked nothing like the Sauer hit for example. Let’s hope it is just a persistent and nagging thing that will eventually come around 100%. Then it’s bonus time.

  2. Pete says:

    Of course there is a need to worry, it’s been a month and we’ve heard the equivalent of the Rangers chance without him, zero, from the team. Nice to see them coming together as of late (really, its sooo nice to see them not playing bland hockey) but they have a snowballs chance without their gamebreaker… Hopefully the silver lining is that it brings the team together more.

  3. Walt says:

    Everyone on this blog knows how I feel about Nash, and his concussion history. I believe that this is his third concussion, he had one in Switzerland during the first lock out if I’m not mistaken????? Not sure, but I believe I read that somewhere.

    Taking all of this into consideration, if indeed this is the 3rd concussion, then our guy Nash has some major issues. History has shown that if you have one, then your more proned to have another, and another. The hit didn’t look as bad at all to us watching, but it’s enough to rattle the brain, and that is what causes a concussion.

    I fear for the young man, and if this is going to be a long term issue, he may have to consider what the Lindros kid, not Eric, but his brother, who retired after one major concussion.

    Look, I love Rick Nash, and want nothing but the best for him, and his family, but reality has to prevail, and if he is hurt bad, he should consider this option. I hated to post this, and pray tell that he gets well, proves me wrong, and leads us to the promised land, raising Lord Stanly’s cup!!!!

    Get well quickly Rick, we miss you, and we all want nothing but the best for you!!

    • TxRanger says:

      dont you think you’re going too far with this? he is not well obviously, but there hasnt been any confirmation that he is the next Mike Sauer. Just wait it out before jumping to extreme conclusions.

      • Walt says:

        Knowing the history of the Rangers, knowing that the hit wasn’t anything like Sauer’s, and or Staal, it’s just a gut feeling, and I stated before, I’ll say it again, I hope the hell I’m wrong!!

  4. Bloomer says:

    Concussions are tricky and when Nash received his second, it makes you wondered if he was ever fully recovered from the one late last season.

    BTW Dave your Fenwick chart from last nights game really demonstrated the change in momentum in that game. The Rangers were bad at the beginning of the game and as the game went on they gain momentum and got on a roll.

    A once wise hockey coach used to say hockey is a game of momentum…..opps sorry I forgot, I am not suppose to bring up you know who anymore.

  5. Ray says:

    We all hope Nash can and should return, but for now I think we just accept life without him. The Rangers can win the Cup without Nash if they can avoid further injuries, have some kids arrive, and Lundqvist gets hot in the playoffs. Kreider’s performance the last week has been better than an average Nash performance. Of course, lots of players outperform stars over short periods, but we can hope.

  6. cv19 says:

    Kreider – Stepan – Nash

    Two power forwards on one line with great speed and an intelligent pivot. Dreamy! He’ll be back!

    • Paco33 says:

      But do Nash and Kreider compliment each other? I really hope we get the chance to find out!

  7. Seahorse says:

    is there any circumstance where the rangers would buy out nash instead of richards or would this be a pronger type situation

  8. Walt says:

    Seahorse

    Let’s hope it doesn’t come to this, but if it does, it will be a Pronger situation. They can’t cut him, or buy him out if he is injured!!!

  9. Craig says:

    Stuart get a big three game suspension for a blindsided unnecessary deliberate elbow to Nashes head. When is the league going to crack down on this nonsense? There should be a 20 to 30 game suspension and this kind of crap will be far and few in between. The saddest thing was also that the other Ranger team mates did nothing to make a statement (prior Mashingter). That’s why unfortunately every team needs a goon or two.

    • Walt says:

      I had stated that if a player takes someone out with a head shot, giving them a concussion, said player should sit out the same number of games as the injured player! Then fine the coach as well, to the tune of 10K for the first time, 20K for the second time, and so on. When it hits them in the pocket, the crap stops big time!!!!!!!

      • TechnoBeaver says:

        I never post comments, but often read them often. But I must say, for the most part the group that have posted throughout this thread have a pretty good understanding of not only the Nash situation but the game in general, kudos.