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Rick Nash skates for first time since suffering head injury

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

Rick Nash took to the ice for the first time since suffering a concussion Oct. 8. (USATSI)
Rick Nash took to the ice for the first time since suffering a concussion Oct. 8. (USATSI)

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Though there is no timetable yet for Rick Nash's return, but the Rangers got a bit of good news Saturday morning when Nash skated for the first time since suffering a concussion Oct. 8.

Nash did not practice with the team for its full morning skate, but went out with the goalies for a bit earlier. The star winger has missed 13 games so far since taking a high hit from Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart. Nash remained in the game temporarily after absorbing the hit, but did not finish it.

"He's on the road to recovery, he's skating," Rangers general manager Glen Sather told reporters (via NHL.com). "But he's got a ways to go with his conditioning."

Even without knowing when Nash will be back, this is an extremely positive sign for both Nash and the Rangers. They're still playing it safe though, which is really the only way to play it when talking about a head injury.

"Dealing with the brain, you always want to be careful," Nash said after his skate, adding that he has strung together a few good days. "I'm inching forward here. I'm getting better."

The Rangers are 7-6-0 since Nash went down, so they've been holding their own. When he returns to health, New York should be an even bigger threat in the relatively weak Metropolitan Division.

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