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Answers are few in the case of Rick Nash

Nov 7, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

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

We wrote Tuesday about the “growing concern” for Rangers forward Rick Nash, who’s been out with a head injury since Oct. 8 when he was hit by Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart.

Nash, 29, will miss another game tonight when New York visits his old team in Columbus. And at this point, a return to action doesn’t seem imminent.

An ESPNNewYork.com source said that Nash “continues” to perform occasional physical activity at the team’s training facility, which sounds like a long way from being cleared for contact.

The Rangers are feeling Nash’s absence. They’re currently ranked 25th in goals per game (2.07), though they did score five times last night versus Pittsburgh.

New York’s offensive struggles were part of the reason the Nail Yakupov trade rumors created such a buzz. Remember, the Rangers don’t have Marian Gaborik anymore either.

“I just hope [Nash is] going to be healthy real soon,” said teammate Derick Brassard. “The team needs him – he’s our best offensive player.”

  1. 7mantel - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Happy NYR’s not rushing Nash back as did the the Pen’s with Sid !

    • c9castine - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      how did they rush him back? he did come back for a few games but he never got another concussion, he was just pulled out because things weren’t right and it ended up being his neck.

      anyway, guy just has to be patient man. ill bet it sucks, but he’s just gonna have to relax and wait it out until the time is right. history has shown if you take the time this injury needs to heal, you can come back and be healthy.

  2. stakex - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Its still too early to tell, but so far the situation with Nash is eerily similar to the Michael Sauer situation. I really hope its not that bad, not just because I want to see Nash back in the lineup… but for Nash’s sake as well.

  3. jasminedonut - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Rick Nash is in Michael Sauer land, he’s not going to play another game this season with the Rangers is my guess.

  4. skr213 - Nov 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    I still don’t think it was a dirty hit, but I definitely hope Nash returns soon. He’s an exciting player to have in the league and even if I don’t like the Rangers, I love good hockey.

  5. 7mantel - Nov 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Boy i hope not ! Sad to say I totally forgot about Sauer !

  6. joey4id - Nov 7, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    It doesn’t sound very positive for Nash. We do know that unlike years ago concussion symptoms are treated much more seriously. Safe to say he’s in good medical hands, and players themselves are more aware of the consequences.

  7. nicknyhc - Nov 7, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    This goes back to the hit Lucic put on Nash last year which was a brutal but clean hit.

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