New York Rangers Need Rick Nash To Be A Game-Changer

By Brandon Fitzpatrick
Rick Nash
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When the New York Rangers traded for Rick Nash in the summer of 2012, he was supposed to be the missing piece to a team that had just made the Eastern Conference finals. As we found out last year, Nash has the ability to take games over, but he also disappears during winning time.  The Rangers need Nash to become the game-changer we all thought he was.

Nash is one of the best power forwards in the league. He has a unique combination of size and skill. He has unbelievable hands and is a sniper. He can score from anywhere on the ice.

Sometimes Nash just disappears though. He seems to shrink in the big moments, especially in the playoffs. In 16 career playoff games, he only has two goals and six assists. For a player that is so talented and has so much hype surrounding him that is unacceptable.

Not only does Nash not play well in big games, he has the tendency to disappear in consecutive games. Over the Rangers’ awful home stand, Nash has been invisible on the ice. He has had trouble creating offense and seems to be playing with no heart or fire. This is just one of many problems the Rangers have been having, but Nash is supposed to be their best offensive player.

The Rangers are an absolute disaster right now. Nash has been playing horrible and is one of the reasons the Rangers have been so bad lately. He needs to start playing like the game-changer we thought he was.

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