Rick Nash announces retirement

Rick Nash has officially announced his retirement. This comes as no surprise, as Nash chose to remain unsigned through free agency as he was dealing with post concussion issues. These issues have forced him to retire.

Nash is one of the most under appreciated Rangers in recent memory. The Rangers acquired Nash in July 2012 in a massive blockbuster that sent Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon, and a 2013 1st rounder to Columbus for Nash, Steven Delisle, and a 3rd round pick (used on Pavel Buchnevich). In six seasons with the Rangers, Nash put up a line of 145-107-252 in 375 games, including one 40-goal season and one lockout shortened 40-goal pace season.

When Nash was on the ice, he was a force to be reckoned with. Even when he wasn’t scoring, he was drawing defenders, using his body to protect the puck, and feed others for chances.

At last year’s deadline, the Rangers sent Nash to Boston for Ryan Lindgren, Matt Beleskey, Ryan Spooner, and 1st and 7th round picks.

We will have a much more in-depth post about Nash’s impact on the Rangers coming up next week.

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29 thoughts on “Rick Nash announces retirement

  • Jan 11, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Did anyone see Marc Staal’s retirement announcement? I think it happened in 2016.

    • Jan 11, 2019 at 5:06 pm

      Oh my Friend … it was way way way before that! More like 2011 or 2012 when his Brother knocked him into next Tuesday!

      • Jan 11, 2019 at 6:43 pm

        Actually he bounced back from that rather well after a time, but it was the eye injury that really led to his decline.

        • Jan 11, 2019 at 7:56 pm

          Did you see Jordan Staal is having similar concussion recovery issues in Carolina? Suffered the injury, came back, and then was shelved again. Hope it’s not a family issue like the Lindros brothers or the Sauer brothers.

          • Jan 11, 2019 at 8:33 pm

            MC – sit and watch the Joe Rohan interview with Dale Earnhardt Jr … I forget where in the interview they talk about concussions. There’s a Doc in Pittsburgh that helps out the Pens along with anyone that goes there. Interesting what he has to say and this Doc’s way of treating head injuries.

            • Jan 11, 2019 at 8:44 pm

              Sorry , Joe Rogan

          • Jan 12, 2019 at 9:39 am

            Sauer was a sad situation for us, he actually played DEFENSE … combine that with the untimely death of Cherry and I think you have to wonder just how good a team this could have been from 2010 on and whether or not they could have won a SC. Not saying Cherry was the next coming of JC but by all indications he was going to be a real good one, maybe elite (Hey if Jagr said so who am I to disagree? lol).

            • Jan 12, 2019 at 10:07 am

              Tragic that Cherepanov died so young.

  • Jan 11, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Monster NASH!

    I wish you much happiness and hope you find a spot with the Rangers organization. I would love to listen to your commentary and insight one day as well. Why Not.


    #61 CHEERS!


  • Jan 11, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Good man. I hope for Happiness and a full life health life. Thank you sir

  • Jan 11, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    As someone who was critical of Nash at times, it was never personal in that I always wished him well as a person. I just hope that his symptoms aren’t the same as Keith Preimaue experienced.

    Concussions can play hell with a person, and I remember Keith saying that he couldn’t stay out in the sun, the bright lights hurt him. Good grief, can you imagine going thru life in the dark, how bad would that be.

    Rick, the best of luck to you, and your family. I hope the problems clear up as soon as possible, and that you lead a healthy, long life in the SUN!!!!!!!

    • Jan 11, 2019 at 5:51 pm

      Don’t wish that head stuff on anyone. Been thru a few concussions and KO’s during my racing days. Walt if you have a few minutes to spare, check out Joe Rogan’s Interview with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Very interesting stuff on there. I was always told lay low, no noise , lights etc etc and give it time . Scarey stuff the last big head shot I had.

    • Jan 12, 2019 at 9:00 am

      Anyone who wishes someone bad health, and or luck is nothing more than a dumn mother fu*ker!!!! Please continue to show how damn stupid you are, classless piece of shit…………..

      • Jan 12, 2019 at 9:25 am

        Is that directed to me Walt? Maybe you read that post wrong?

        • Jan 12, 2019 at 1:46 pm

          No, sorry for going off but it was directed at the fool with the thumb down on my original post. If the schmuck read it I was saying nothing but to wish him, Nash, well, and the ass saw my name, auto thumb down. I don’t care, but in this case it just got to me. Sorry again for the misunderstanding Sieve, I would never do that to you my friend!

          • Jan 12, 2019 at 3:41 pm

            It’s all good …. I’m the king of getting thumbs down ?

            • Jan 12, 2019 at 4:31 pm

              That’s fine, and I get my share, but we’re talking about a human being who has some major crap going on with his brain, and this sorry piece of dog crap pulls a stunt like that, what a shame!!!

              • Jan 12, 2019 at 6:02 pm

                Yeah true. I may ha e indirectly said some stuff about Staal but more cause I’m scared for him. He could get really hurt out there. Nash realized what was going on and I applaud him for knowing and retiring. Those few times he had head stuff going on you could see he was different on the ice. Same with Zib when he came back last year after the head stuff.
                I think it was Pat Lafontaine who said he had no idea where he was and what he was doing on the ice after all his concussions. Bad stuff and the game really does unfortunately need to change as a result. When you get a chance check out that interview. It’s really an eye opener what Dale Jr went thru and kinda neat to hear the simple stuff the doc had him doing vs just lock urself in a room for a few weeks or months etc . My last one around 2007-08 i was messed up for a good 3-4 months.

      • Jan 12, 2019 at 9:45 am

        Head injuries are no fun … been thru numerous. Nothing worse then when you can’t function, can’t even sit and watch TV or sit oustie on the Patio. Can’t Concentrate. You sit and watch TV and the room startsspinning and there’s 20 tv’s in front of you. Scarey stuff. Wish all the best to these guys going thru this stuff. There’s different Docs thinking outside the box and treating head injuries in a different way.

  • Jan 11, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    What a classy guy and player.

    Forgetting how fans think of him, he was an elite player earlier in his career and gave his all on the ice. A man of respect and honor, someone who never said “look at me” even though his hockey accomplishments are many. Whether it’s scoring goals or playing a checking role for Team Canada, the guy left it out on the ice.

    Thank you Mr. Nash. I will always remember your time with the Rangers and I will always be appreciative for what you did here and try to do here. I will always have my Rick Nash Ranger jersey. Good luck and get better soon. Maybe you will find your way back to the Rangers’ organization at some point. The franchise would be better for it.

    God Bless.

  • Jan 11, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    100% Class guy and I wish him nothing but good health and happiness. Hope he finds his place in the Hockey world because he has a lot to offer. Great role model, great teammate, etc. The only small blemish on a career well played was that he didn’t meet the high and sometimes unreasonable expectations of the fans, namely that he score 0.5+ goals per game in the playoffs, but he did everything else one could ask. A complete player.

  • Jan 11, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Class guy Canadian icon happy retirement Rick Nash.

  • Jan 11, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Classy guy, great player. Hope he’s healthy and happy.

  • Jan 11, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    I loved Rick Nash, he always played hard. Yes, he was brought in here to score, and many thought he didn’t do that enough, but I thought he was an awesome player on both sides of the ice!

  • Jan 12, 2019 at 6:12 am

    I will never forget the first game he played for the Rangers and visited Columbus. BEAST MODE!!!

  • Jan 12, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Rick is a classy guy and in his prime a beast of a player. It is unfortunate that his career is ending this way. I hope that he is able to recover from the concussions and goes on to a rewarding and healthy life after hockey. I wonder if he has any interest in coaching at some level.

    • Jan 12, 2019 at 9:34 am

      “I wonder if he has any interest in coaching at some level.”

      I think that he’s too low key for coaching, similar to Leetch.

      I really hope the Rangers find a spot for him, like Graves and the others employed at MSG. The Rangers loved him so I wouldn’t be surprised if they hired him in some capacity.

      • Jan 12, 2019 at 10:11 am

        I think Sportsnet was reporting that Nash May try to work in sports media when he’s fully recovered. Would think he’d be outstanding as an announcer, he was a cerebral player and he played a well-rounded style of hockey.

        • Jan 12, 2019 at 12:35 pm

          That would be great, take Duguay’s spot and have a real analyst in between periods.

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