Rick Nash to sit again with different groin injury

December 19, 2016, by
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He scored! (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Per Larry Brooks, forward Rick Nash, who just returned from a groin injury, will miss tomorrow’s game against the Penguins with a different groin injury. Nash played just one shift in last night’s shootout win against the Devils, tweaking the other groin in the process.

Nash has been a monster this season, turning in a dominant performance in almost every game he’s played. But now the Rangers will be without him again, just as they were starting to get healthy.

Nash’s timetable is uncertain, but after tomorrow against Pittsburgh, the Rangers don’t play until Friday, then have the mandated Christmas break for another three games. It wouldn’t shock me if Nash misses both games before returning after Christmas.

Categories : Injuries


  1. Reenavipul says:

    Sit him until after Colorado.

  2. Richter1994 says:

    This is an over 30 years of age red flag. If it’s a chronic thing then the Rangers’ season just took a hit. Hopefully it’s not.

  3. Chris F says:

    I’m pretty sure Nash played more than a shift last night.

  4. wwpd says:

    Maybe just my short term memory but when was the last time the rangers lost this much manpower to a plague of injuries in so short a time? it seems unreal. at least it’s early in the season, though these things tend to linger.

  5. Chris F says:

    And seriously, what is going on with Buch? Is he even alive?

  6. Haven says:

    The Rangers need to jump on a trade for Kevin Shattenkirk. The Blues cannot keep him and know they need to trade him, or else he’ll walk this summer like Backes & Brouwer both did. I know we’ve traded away lots of 1st rounders over the years but i would absolutely be okay with trading a 1st rounder if it was for this guy because hes worth it. Go read his twitter account, he will “always be a New Yorker at heart”. He was born and raised 20 mins away from MSG.

    Kevin Shattenkirk
    Age on July 1, 2017: 28
    Position: Defence
    2016-17 salary cap hit: $4.25 million
    Bargaining chip: U.S. Olympian. Entrenched as a top-four D-man on one of the league’s best blue lines. Good for about 45 points if healthy.
    What the future holds: A trade. Shattenkirk, who has no protection, has been rumoured trade bait for months now. (The Boston Bruins were one reported suitor during the 2015-16 season.)
    Surely GM Doug Armstrong would like to keep Shattenkirk around in a perfect (read: non-salary cap) world, but the Blues’ blue line is too expensive. Captain Alex Pietrangelo ($6.5 million cap hit) and Jay Bouwmeester ($5.4 million) are locked up at high rates. Carl Gunnarsson ($2.9 million) is taxing the Blues’ payroll until 2019. But it’s surging 23-year-old Colton Parayko (RFA in 2017) who makes losing Shattenkirk palatable.
    If Armstrong doesn’t trade Shattenkirk, he’ll walk for nothing in July like David Backes and Troy Brouwer did this summer.

    • Richter1994 says:

      Blues are not trading him unless they are not contenders. And what would you give up to get him?

      Teams let players walk for nothing more and more it seems these days.

    • HARLEMBLUES says:

      Wouldn’t trade assets for him no FCKN way. Yes continue to trade picks for guys looking for a big payday and you have to sign and than blow a hole in payroll. He’s free a the end of the year for just money if you want to go that route.

    • John B says:

      I’m still a New Yorker at heart, but being in the Navy I’m in Florida. Being I’ll be a New Yorker at heart, but I will not go back to the state unless a lot of things change, namely the cost of living.

      I get where people say he wants to play here. But until the player actually comes out and says that HE wants to play here, it is all just rumor and Jedi-mind tricks to figure out what he’s thinking.

      This is going to be his payday. The payday he most likely never will see ever again. If he has a choice between max years @ 7.5+ mill, or the NYR at max years @ 6-7 mil, I would honestly say I’d be shocked if he took the lesser dollar value. Very few athletes in any sport are accepting less dollars to play in one place. The number that do that are declining every year too.

      Do I see the Blues trading him? No. They were very close last year and I don’t see them weakening the team this year.
      Do I think the Rangers will make a run at him? Yes.
      Do I think the Rangers CAN sign him? Yes.
      Do I realize that there is a very real possibility that the Rangers don’t sign him? Yes.

      • Haven says:

        Boys, look, we’re missing Zibanejad, Buchnevich and now once again Nash.. We can desperately use some help. Those 3 players combined equal at least a 2nd line, those are all top 6 players. And without them, our offense has not been the same, which means our defensive flaws will become more vulnerable and apparent, we’ll start facing more SOG (as we have been), etc. But if we were to acquire a top-4 D-man such as Shattenkirk, you can bet that when our injured forwards do finally return, we will be complete and ready heading into post-season.

        (When healthy) we have one of the most loaded offenses i’ve ever seen on a Rangers roster. But it’s because of the makeup of our defense and the fact that we play in the Metro division that i dont like our chances come playoffs. If you know anything about hockey or the Rangers, than you know how serious an issue this is, We need someone else to pair with McDonagh. Think about how good hes been individually, now think about the fact that our first D-pairing is ranked 3rd to last, that says something about Girardi when considering how good McDonagh’s been.

        • Haven says:

          I’ve also heard some fellow Rangers fans speak of being interested in the possibility of trading for Mike Green in Detroit. And he’s not a bad option either. There are other possibilities out there who could help strengthen our defensive core. But me personally, i’m absolutely SOLD on Shattenkirk and whether you know it or not, you guys are too. You just wont realize how worth it it was until hes here and our teams playing 5x better all around.

  7. amy says:

    how long this time it seems he was playing well too

  8. Blaine says:

    Not saying that we aren’t lacking in some areas of the defense BUT …..Tied for 1st goals/game, 4th goals against/ game and 1st in goal differential. I can think of a lot of other teams that would like to have our problems.

    • Haven says:

      I wish it was as clear cut as that but it comes down to a lot more than just Goals Against per Game. We have one of the worst defensive top-pairings in the NHL. And replacing Girardi with another Rangers defenseman isnt easy because he’s a Right-handed D-Man. And Klein just hasnt been the same this year. This is where the Adam Clendening debate comes in.

  9. Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

    A few thoughts here….

    On Nash’s injury, there’s no way to know if this is an “over 30” issue or if it’s a “half baked rehab” issue as discussed above. It could be either or both. Even a doctor might not know for sure. We will just have to wait and see, and keep our fingers crossed.

    (Although Reenavipul, I do find it curious that you dismiss age as an issue in Nash’s case yet you pretty much said it was time to view Hank as the number two goalie based on his age and the fact that he was in a slump–the same slump he’s essentially been in during stretches of the first half of just about every season over the last 5-6 years before he comes out of it and shines–which of course he is now doing. He’s not looking much like a number two option to me. Just sayin….)

    As for the Shattenkirk discussion, here’s the thing. Yes, I’d like to see him as a Ranger. And I do think it’s likely he will be a Ranger eventually. I just don’t see any way at all that the Blues would deal him prior to the deadline. They are all in to win now. The argument that they are concerned they will lose him for nothing and need to therefore deal him now is probably not a valid one. Teams seem very willing these days to let FAs walk. Anyway, it’s a fallacy to ever say you lose a player for nothing. The Blues will gain something of value back–$4.25 mil in valuable cap space to make other moves. That’s not nothing.

    Haven also mentioned we “desperately” need some help due to all the injuries. I’m not sure I agree. While it’s true the Metro is an absolute beast in that the top teams are so tightly bunched, what isn’t being talked about is the fact that the Rangers enjoy a 14 point lead over the 9th seed at the moment. When was the last time the Rangers had that much breathing room in the playoff race at this juncture of the season? Barring a collapse of epic proportions, a playoff berth is virtually guaranteed. While seeding of course is important, what really matters is that the team is healthy and clicking come April. So in my view, there really is no urgency to do anything at the moment. Get healthy, see what may be out there sure, but don’t panic or overspend.

    The Rangers will have something like $9 million of cap space to work with at the deadline. There will be plenty of interesting options from them to pursue at the proper time. And knowing the Rangers, they will. They just don’t have to now.

    • Peter says:

      Well said Eddie.

      Obviously they are missing significant pieces presently but they will return eventually. Despite missing them, they’ve been winning. So trading assets or picks for a guy who will be a free agent after the season does not make sense to me. I have faith that Gorton will make smart moves at the trading deadline that take into account the long view as well as short term goals.

      Nash’s injury is of concern only because he has been plagued by injuries the last couple of years. He is an excellent player and he is missed when he has to sit. Hopefully he sits out until completely healed and comes back strong.

    • Reenavipul says:

      Again, you misrepresent what I actually wrote, which I find odd in a reporter. I wrote that Raanta was playing better than Hank, that the two should rotate, that Hank should get the job back if the numbers warrant it and that he should’ve started against the Devs on the 1st Sunday meeting.

      Having any over 30 player play 3 in 4 is an open invitation to injury, which is what we got in Nash. The idea is to maximize recovery time. Was AV hired for another President Trophy or to prepare the team to win a Cup?

      How do you do that? IMO you do that by building the best and deepest team you can, develop those depth players over the course of a season and rest your elder statesmen over the season to keep them fresh Coke playoff time. Gorton did the 1st part, AV is reticent about the 2nd and is brutal at the 3rd part. He rides his whip hand way too hard.

      • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

        If i misquoted you, I apologize. But in fairness, I’m not exactly taking careful notes on everything being said here.

        I was, however, influenced by the following statements that you made…

        “But at any accepted goalie metric, Hank is the 2nd best goalie on the team. The hard part about coaching is:
        Telling him that
        How you handle his reaction
        Transition him to be a rotating goalie”

        Reenavipul says:
        Dec 10, 2016 at 12:56 pm
        “Not playing out of his mind is now the expectation. He’s underperforming his career numbers, but he no longer covers up for the team in front of him. He’s not overperforming his expected goals against, he slightly underperforming. If he got to his actual number, he’d be an average goalie.”

        “Raanta looks to be outperforming his expected numbers, but if he regressed to the mean, he would still be slightly better than Hank.”

        Reenavipul says:
        Dec 10, 2016 at 9:02 pm
        “If the appointed goalie can’t get in a groove in a month then he shouldn’t be your #1 goalie.”

        Reenavipul says:
        Dec 10, 2016 at 9:18 pm
        “20 games is not a small sample. The rolling stats are not beneficial to Hank.”

        There were other as well….

        Most certainly suggests that you had seen enough and were certainly implying that Hank was regressing and is no longer number on goalie material.

        But, if that’s not what you meant and I misunderstood, then I apologize.