Rick Nash wants to remain with the New York Rangers , SNY.tv reports.
The big winger is coming off the worst season of his career, having set low marks in goals (15), points (36) and shooting percentage (8.2) while missing 22 games to injury. That in combination with an early playoff exit has trade rumors swirling around him, and the Rangers would surely love to gain some salary flexibility by dealing Nash and his two remaining seasons at a $7.8 million cap hit.
Rick Nash scored a shorthanded goal and added three hits in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Penguins in Game 3.
Nash has been a consistent threat to get on the board in this series, notching points in each game. During the regular season, the 31-year-old was unable to record a shorthanded goal, but now has 11 tallies in his playoff career. Unfortunately, one isn't going to get it done against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins, and the 2002 No.1 pick will try to do his part in evening the series Thursday.
Nash has 10 points in those 24 and finishes the season with the lowest goal (15) and point total (36) in his career. The soon-to-be 32-year-old struggled with injuries this season, but seems reasonably healthy headed into the postseason. He could be a sleeper pick for playoff formats because he'll come cheap.
Nash skipped Tuesday's practice after waking up "a little sore," but took part in morning skate Wednesday and will dress for the evening's contest. He should slot into his normal spot on the top line alongside Derick Brassard and Jesper Fast, and should be deployed as usual in season-long and daily lineups.
Rick Nash woke up "a little sore" Tuesday and was thus given a maintenance day by the New York Rangers , Andrew Gross of The Record reports.
Per the report, the plan is for Nash to skate Wednesday, and assuming no issues at that time, the forward should be available for the Rangers' evening tilt against the Bruins.