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Rangers send Nash (head) back to New York

Oct 10, 2013, 2:43 PM EST

Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers in action during the home opening NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on October 3, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Rangers 4-1.
(October 2, 2013 - Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

New York’s nine-game road swing to start the season just got tougher.

On Thursday, the Rangers sent winger Rick Nash back to New York for further evaluation following a headshot from San Jose’s Brad Stuart in a 9-2 loss on Tuesday.

Nash, 29, said he “just didn’t feel right” following the hit — a troubling development given his concussion history. Nash missed four games last season after getting concussed on a bodycheck from Boston’s Milan Lucic.

Yahoo!’s Nick Consonika was “hearing” that Nash is expected to be out 7-10 days.

If true, it’s possible Nash could miss as many as four games. The Rangers play tonight in Anaheim, Saturday in St. Louis, Wednesday in Washington and Saturday in New Jersey — the latter coming on Oct. 19, which would fall between the 7-10 day window.

Losing Nash for any length of time will be a big blow. He’s currently tied for the team lead in assists (three) and points (three) and led the Rangers in goals last season, with 21.

Related: NHL suspends Stuart three games for hit to Nash’s head

  1. xdj511 - Oct 10, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Well, he’s well enough to fly cross-country, at least. If there was a bad enough concussion, headaches, dizziness, etc., he may not have even been able to fly. Hopefully he just needs a week to recover.

  2. President Charles Logan - Oct 10, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    It’s going to be a long season for the Eastern Conference’s most over rated team.

  3. garryfish - Oct 10, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Stuart should be out as long as Nash is!

    • President Charles Logan - Oct 10, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      quit your whining , go watch tennis

    • thecheeman - Oct 10, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      I hate Nash and the Rangers but this is terrible.

  4. joey4id - Oct 10, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    So, according to the NHL a fist to the head is not as consequential as whatever Nash’s head was hit by. How can that be? It’s like the government allowing tobacco companies to pollute lungs as long as they contribute billions to the healthcare system. Brilliant!

  5. imleftcoast - Oct 10, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    The NFL was compared to the tobacco companies, and that finally got some movement on concussions. Maybe it’s time Bettman got pulled in front of a Congressional committee to talk about what, if anything, the NHL has done.

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/league-of-denial/

    • joey4id - Oct 10, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      U.S. Researchers press ban on hockey fights

      http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/researchers-press-for-ban-on-hockey-fights/article14794768/

    • joey4id - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:17 PM

      Just watched this edition of Fromtline. Wow! Thanks for sharing the link. I do hope congress pulls GB’s rear. Goodell and the NFL looked pretty bad. Hypocrites.

  6. banger60 - Oct 10, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Why dont you bring the Iraq war into it, get over it, was a hit to the head, case closed!

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