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New York Rangers Should Keep Rick Nash Out

Rick Nash

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Rick Nash exited the New York Rangers game against the San Jose Sharks after the first period. He received an elbow from Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart, who received a two-minute elbowing penalty.

Nash played the rest of the first period. He did not return to the Rangers bench for the rest of the game after that, however. The Rangers are saying that Nash has a “head injury.” They did not make any transactions such as calling up a player from the AHL. This is not something that guarantees Nash will play on Thursday, though. They could just insert Jesper Fast into the lineup to take his spot and keep Nash out for a week or so. This would be a smart move by the Rangers.

Nash suffered a concussion last year and missed a week or two. The Rangers should be smart here and protect their best player. No matter what happens with Nash, the Rangers have bigger problems. He has looked good on a line with Brad Richards and Derek Stepan, even though he has yet to score a goal. Everyone in Ranger land is panicking and the Rangers brass should not let the panicking fans effect their decision. They need to keep their best player healthy for the long season. This year is going to be a grind, so the Rangers must keep Nash healthy for the dog days of the season.

Hopefully, Nash does not have a concussion. We should find out if he is playing at sometime tomorrow, most likely in the afternoon.