Is Rick Nash The Answer

February 9, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Rick Nash (61) watches his shot go over Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) arm for a goal during the second period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-US PRESSWIRE

On July 1st 2007, the New York Rangers signed center Scott Gomez to a seven year 51.5 million dollar deal. Since leaving the Devils, Gomez has not played up to the potential that everyone knows or thought he had. Now he is in Montreal and last season ended a 98 game scoreless drought. He is on the Montreal Canadians because the Rangers finally realized he was past his prime and traded him. Unfortunately for us, this type of event has been recurring for the Rangers over the past couple years. Now, we have super star Rick Nash. The past five years Nash has had over 30 goals with the Columbus Blue Jackets, a good acquisition right? Wrong! Although he has unquestionable talent, he is now 28 years old and was used in Columbus to bring fans to the rink. Unlucky for him, that won’t fly in New York. The Rangers have built a powerhouse of a team that has unlimited potential, but, as usual, they cannot score. If Nash cannot mesh with the team’s gritty, in-your-face type game, then we will have another Scott Gomez incident all over again. His goal scoring capability is why Glen Sather chose to send out crowd favorites Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov to acquire Nash. Sather also took the initiative to get him- since goal scorer Marian Gaborik is out with a shoulder injury. Gaborik tallied 41 goals last year, a large reason why the Rangers won their division, conference, and made it to the conference finals. Having him out till December will put a lot of pressure on newcomer Chris Kreider and all the other top six forwards. Having Nash could potentially fill the hole that is left behind now that Gaborik is gone, but only if coach Tortorella can mold him into the player he needs him to be. And even if the team performs well, someone will be sent down to the bottom six when Gaborik returns. This will most likely be Carl Hagelin or Chris Kreider. All of these variables are set in motion, but what it will come down to is how the season is played out once it actually begins.

Topics: Glen Sather, Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers, NHL, Rick Nash, Scott Gomez

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