Rick Nash was acquired this summer by the New York Rangers for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon, and a first-round draft pick. Thanks to the NHL lockout Nash has yet to suit up for the Rangers. Instead, fans of HC Davos in Switzerland have been enjoying the 28-year-old winger’s talents where he has recorded 12 goals and six assists in 17 games.
However, it looks like Nash’s stay in Europe is coming to an end after Nash injured his groin and returned to New York to get checked out by doctors after injuring his groin. His agent, Joe Resnick, says it is not a major injury but is just a precaution. Nash has been battling a cranky groin since late November that caused him to miss three games.
The plan is for Nash to return to Switzerland once he is cleared so he can resume playing. There was some hope that Nash’s return, which coincided with rumors of a possible deal between the NHL and NHLPA, meant hockey was right around the corner.
Rangers fans have been waiting for the season to start as it is the first time in years where hopes have been high after the Rangers came within a couple of games of making the Stanley Cup Finals. Their trade for Nash only heightened those hopes.
However, Rangers fans, as well as all hockey fans, have been met with nothing but disappointment as talks between the league and player’s union keep hitting snags.
During the lockout several Rangers players have taken to playing abroad to stay sharp. Ryan McDonagh went to Russia but came home shortly after. Carl Hagelin was playing in Sweden but left after suffering a minor shoulder injury. Only Derek Stepan and Michael Del Zotto remain in Europe with Stepan in Finland and Del Zotto in Switzerland.