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Report: Rick Nash’s concussion causes ‘growing concern’

Nov 5, 2013, 9:11 PM EST

While rumors swirl about the New York Rangers plucking a forward – say, maybe Nail Yakupov or Ales Hemsky? – from the Edmonton Oilers, those rumblings might not just be due to the team’s struggles. Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reports that Rick Nash‘s lingering concussion issues are causing “growing concern” around the league.

Nash, 29, hasn’t played since this Oct. 8 hit by San Jose Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart, which prompted a three-game suspension from the NHL:

The Rangers placed Nash on the injured reserve on Oct. 14, noting that he was still experiencing post-concussion symptoms.

Nash apparently met with Rangers specialists but “no progress” was reported. Not good.

  1. nyeagles10 - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Just read an article where they say he’s making progress. calling it week to week. hope we get him back soon

  2. xdj511 - Nov 6, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Something that seemed kind of benign and he has been out almost a month already with no end in sight. I hate concussions.

    • joey4id - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      Benign! A had blow his NEVER benign.

  3. amityvillefun - Nov 6, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Another star player with a concussion… WAKE UP NHL!

    I’m gonna keep saying it until I am blue in the face….the players have no respect for one another out there. You are going to keep seeing this over and over and over again until the NHL makes some drastic rule changes that prohibit head shots and protect players better.

    I love a clean body check as much as any NHL fan, but seeing the most talented players taken out of the game and having their brains damaged isn’t really an option. DO SOMETHING NHL! Otherwise, players like Crosby, Nash, Bergeron, Savard, Pronger, Eriksson are going to have medical issues and brain problems that will ruin their lives and we will be deprived the joy of watching them play the greatest sport on Earth.

    • noc4ovi - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      It took the No Concussion NFL 15 years to wake up,. It will take as much for the NHL owners to do the same in an attempt to protect their profits.

  4. millertime1101 - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    why not make better helmets

    • DED - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      I’d heard that Messier was involved with an organization that set out to do just that. No idea if they’ve been brought in to the game yet.

  5. polegojim - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Feel bad for Nash… he’s a top NHL caliber player who’s never had the chance for anything more than individual success… finally gets traded to a what he hoped was a better overall opportunity… and now the concussion.

    OUCH – get well soon Rick.

  6. donniesd - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    The Blueshirts need Nash back in the worst way. I guess at this point I hope they can get hot and work him back in the line-up when he returns….

  7. donniesd - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    And yes I am a huge Rangers Fan… I think I am 1 of 5 that lives in San Diego…. Lets Go Rangers!!

  8. jpcar7 - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Is it true the players have cracks in their helmets

  9. steelers88 - Nov 6, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Coming from a Penguins fan I know how frustrating this can be. When Crosby had his concussion it was frustrating but you have to be patient and have faith that it will better. That’s all you can do.

  10. babykaby - Nov 7, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    The only way cheap head shots will ever stop is to suspend and fine the coach along with the player, and fine the team. This will cause the organization and coaches to really buckle down on players that have the tendencies for these cheap shots. Right now they don’t really care, lose one player to suspension and they just replace him with another player, but if it actually cost them the coach and money, they might step up on keeping those type of players off the ice.

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