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Rick Nash Of The New York Rangers to Play for Davos

Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

The New York Rangers newly-acquired forward Rick Nash will be playing overseas during the current NHL lockout, reports said Monday.

Nash, who was expected to play somewhere if the NHL’s CBA expired and the players became locked out, will join Davos of the Swiss-A league. Nash played their during the 2004-2005 season, when the players were last locked out from the NHL.

The move was expected, since Nash hasn’t played competitively since the end of the Columbus Blue Jackets regular season ended in mid-April, and he is hopeful to become part of the Rangers top line, when they do finally get the season underway.

Nash was the leading point-scorer for Columbus a year ago, tallying 30 goals and 29 assists. His 59 points would have qualified him as third-best on the Rangers team from a year ago, falling behind of Marian Gaborik, who finished with 76 points and Brad Richards, who totaled 66 points.

Fittingly enough, it is expected that Nash will be joining Gaborik and Richards on New York’s top line once a deal between the players and owners is made and there is a season.

Nash spent his entire career with the Blue Jackets — since he was drafted in 2002 — until this year when he requested a trade at the end of the 2011-2012 season.

Other than his rookie campaign, Nash led the Blue Jackets in points in six of his eight seasons. In the two seasons that he didn’t, 2006 and 2007, he finished second on the team in points.

Now, in New York, Nash will eventually be playing in front of a fan base and be under media pressure that he never experienced in Columbus.

It was also reported that San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton will also be joining Nash in Davos. Thornton also played their in 2004.

Follow NY Rangers writer Brian Deakyne on twitter: @Brian Deakyne or email him at bdeakyne11@gmail.com