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Nash says he ‘symptom-free'; playing it safe though

Nov 12, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT

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Good news for the New York Rangers — Rick Nash says he’s “symptom-free” from the head injury he suffered Oct. 8 when he was hit by Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart.

“[I am] symptom-free from the injury,” he said today, per NHL.com. “Just [need to] push myself more and more and see if any symptoms come back from it. But so far it’s been good.”

Nash has skated for four straight days. However, he’s still got a ways to go before he’s back in the lineup.

“When you look at it, New York has invested a lot in me and I’ve invested a lot in them,” he said. “I think even if we were losing it would be stupid to rush back. It’s a long-term contract and we want to make sure I come back at 110 percent and ready to play.”

The Rangers, of course, aren’t losing anymore; in fact, they’ve won six of their last seven following a 3-7-0 start under new head coach Alain Vigneault.

New York hosts rival New Jersey tonight at MSG.

  1. xdj511 - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Yes Rick, please take your time and make sure you are completely healthy and ready to play. However, I will be quite glad when your return means players like Taylor Pyatt and Beniot Pouliot are no longer receiving top six minutes.

    • fishtender41 - Nov 12, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      I think it would really benefit the rangers to trade Pyatt for a new washing machine, or even perhaps a half rack of water bottles.

  2. sjsharks66 - Nov 12, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Glad he is doing better. I did not agree with the Stuart suspension length but he did catch his head. Never like when players are injured.

  3. fishtender41 - Nov 12, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Kinda worried he may disrupt the chemistry we have going…after all, we lost games early in the season with him…food for thought.

    • dueman - Nov 12, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      Well…you’re dumb.

    • stakex - Nov 12, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      No food for thought at all.

      First of all, Nash was not the reason the Rangers lost those early games. It was poor goaltending, and obvious confusion on the blue line and in their own end. Once their defensive play was sorted out, and Lundqvist found his game (and recovered from an early injury), they started to win. It had nothing to do with Nash at all.

      Also, while the Rangers are winning right now, they still need more offense. They have broken out in a couple games, but its not enough. They have been winning because they have only allowed 3 or more goals twice in the last 12 games…. and they actually lost three of those games in which they only allowed 2 goals.

      The only offensive line the Rangers have that actually has real chemistry going is Stepan/Kreider/Zucca, and I’m sure they will be staying together. When Nash comes back, he will likely play with Richards/Hagelin, who haven’t had a consistent line mate the last couple weeks anyway. To think bring in Nash to replace a guy like Pyatt is somehow going to mess with “chemistry” is just crazy talk.

  4. tbonenc - Nov 12, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Rangers appear to be adopting AV’s system nicely.
    It might take Nash a few weeks to get fully acclimated.

    Still, he is far more talented than who he will replace on the roster. Please let it be Poulliot.

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