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Rick Nash calls Rangers “a great fit for my style”

Jul 23, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

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Rick Nash finally got his way today, as the New York Rangers acquired him in a blockbuster trade. Nash answered some questions about that swap earlier, starting with his thoughts on how he’ll fit in with New York (via Pat Leonard).

 “They’re one of the top teams in the league, and the players that they have are pretty impressive – from the goaltending to the defense right up – and I’m happy to be part of the organization and part of the whole city,” Nash said. “Last season obviously they were one of the best teams, and I thought it was a great fit for my style to play there.”

Nash spent his entire career with the Columbus Blue Jackets, eventually taking on the role of captain. The Associated Press gathers his diplomatic views on his former team’s takeaway in the deal:

“The biggest thing is that when management said when they were going to make a rebuild and a reshape, I thought the best thing for the team and the organization would be to get assets for me,” he said. “And I thought it would be best for my career.”


Blue Jackets receive “four question marks” for Nash

What they’re saying about the trade

  1. dabutcha114 - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Gaborik, Richards, Nash. Here comes the cup.

    • joethorntonisclutch - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:39 PM

      Rangers are about to have a nutso PP.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:06 PM

      Yes cause no ever shuts down a one line team…

      • challer9 - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:17 PM

        Yeah, because you could never pull a solid 2nd line out of Hagelin, Stepan, Callahan, and Kreider. Oh, wait…

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 23, 2012 at 9:18 PM

      The Cup doesn’t come to you, you have to go out and earn it, then you can take it.

    • blomfeld - Jul 23, 2012 at 9:35 PM


      and we have the cup ! :)

      GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. mclovinhockey - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Doesn’t blockbuster mean huge?? Cause the trade was pretty much the rangers getting a highly sought after player from trading away players they hated.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:01 PM

      Give it a year they’ll realize that they got a player who’s not nearly as good as his reputation, it’ll be looked at like the Phaneuf trade, a decent player being traded for a bunch of guys, not the blockbuster it’s being made out as today.

      As a Flames fan I take a little bit of joy in seeing Erixon first fail to break into a regular shift with the Rangers but then being shipped to his third team in the hockey wilderness, this “blue chip” is well on his way to journeyman status!

  3. polishblue - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    whoever this rick nash guy is i sure hope he can block shots

  4. pone27 - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    I hope torts isn’t so stupid he puts Nash, Gabs, and Richards on one line, for Ranger fans sakes.

    • joethorntonisclutch - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:21 PM

      Nash-Richards-Gaborik is only the beginning!

      With Callahan, Kreider, Stepan and Hagelin thrown into the mix you have plenty of pieces to mix and match a top six together that is going to be totally awesome.

      • blomfeld - Jul 23, 2012 at 9:43 PM


        Need we say more friend ? … on the bright sidehowever, maybe now you Rangers can at least do us the favor of showing up next year ? … while it was fun destroying the Devils in detail, demolishing you people would have been that much more satisfying ! :)

        GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. sheckyrimshot - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    nash wanted assets in return. howson misheard him and got asshats instead.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:39 PM

      Gahhhhhh ya beat me to it.

  6. billsfan13594 - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    I think Howson accepted that trade today because he wanted time for flyer’s day on PHT.

    As a flyers fan, this makes me sad.

    His backhand shot is unfair; its better than most wrist shots. 9, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3.

    • teaspoon1731 - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:59 PM

      Bills and Flyers? Do you always pick losers?

  7. rockthered1286 - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    “Seriously Gomez is gonna make this team amazing!”

    “Seriously Shanahan will put us over the top!”

    “Seriously Jagr will get us a cup!”

    I kid, but Gaborik, Richards and Nash in 3 years is not too shabby. Around $30M of the teams cap in 4 players is a bit scary (including Henrik) though, especially considering Stepan, Hagelin, Sauer and McDonaugh all due big money in 2013, and then pretty much the entire team minus Richards and Nash in 2014. Sather is in go big or go home mode.

    • blomfeld - Jul 23, 2012 at 9:59 PM

      “Sather is in go big or go home mode” …

      That’s exactly correct. This financial “behemoth” which Sather has now created “must” pay off this year, no two ways about it, as failing that there will be the devil to pay in 2013. The only problem is there’s this other team called the Los Angeles Kings … you know, the Stanley Cup Champions and the “best team” in the world today ! :)

      GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. tbbolts91 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    Definitely drafting Nash in fantasy hockey next season…

  9. paulypaul14 - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Nash-Richards-Gaborik= Soft

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