New York Rangers Cannot Solely Depend On Rick Nash For Offense

By Steven Carollo
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The no. 1 goal scorer on the New York Rangers, Rick Nash, has only played in two full games in this young 2013-14 season due to a concussion he suffered in San Jose during the team’s third game. We are now heading into game 10, finally the Rangers’ home opener, and there has yet to be any news or updates on the status of Nash since his injury occurred.

With concussions, teams are always cautious because any type of head injury is a serious matter. The last thing you would ever want to do is rush someone back who has a concussion. The thing I worry about though is not knowing a timetable of return. Nash can wake up and be fine this morning, tomorrow, next week, next month, several months or even next year.

For a Rangers team that struggles to score goals consistently even with Nash in the lineup, this is alarming to say the least.

This is why I feel that GM Glen Sather should not wait that long to work on a deal that would bring the Rangers another scoring forward. Regardless of Nash’s injury, this team needs one anyway and if Nash does come back sooner rather than later, then the Rangers’ scoring should be just that much better.

The question of course is who to trade?

Even with the Rangers’ struggles this year on the blue line and just about everything else at one point or another, I think they should move one of their defensemen as I believe that is their deepest position on the ice. Trading someone like Michael Del Zotto or Dan Girardi plus maybe a forward like Brian Boyle or Taylor Pyatt should bring in some type of goal-scoring forward.

Obviously the team will not be able to get any type of elite player for the players I just named, but that is okay. If the Rangers can get a hard-nosed player with a scoring touch and compliment Nash if/when he comes back this season, I would take the trade in a heartbeat.

This would not solve all of the Rangers’ problems, of course, but it should help them move in the right direction and rebound from the slow start this season.

Steven Carollo is a New York Rangers’ and sports writer for Follow him on Twitter, add him on Facebook, connect with him on LinkedIn and join his Google network.

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