Rick Nash was brought to the New York Rangers last offseason in hopes that he was the last piece of the puzzle to a Stanley Cup championship. While the Rangers are currently in the Stanley Cup Final vs. the Los Angeles Kings, the Rangers have made it this far actually in spite of Nash rather than with his help.
Since Nash has been a Ranger, he has been highly erratic, inconsistent, invisible and injury prone, and that is only in the regular season. In his second straight postseason with the Rangers, Nash is once again missing in action and his ineffective and predictable dipsy doodle dekes are wearing thin on the Rangers’ organization and fan base.
Ever since Nash’s concussion problems since joining the Rangers, he is no longer the player he once was in Columbus. Nash is constantly afraid to drive the middle of the ice and rip shots on net in fear of getting upended, giving him another concussion. Because of this, Nash now sticks to the perimeter and either puts a weak wrist shot on net, or tries to pull off fancy dekes around the entire defense and the goaltender in hopes of a highlight-reel goal.
I do not want to sound mean and insensitive because of Nash’s medical history, but since joining the Rangers, Nash has been nothing short of a major disappointment and useless. And please do not give me the excuses that Nash is leading all players in shots this postseason, and that he is doing all of the little things like back checking and penalty killing, because Nash was brought to the Rangers and given a long-term contract not to just do the little things.
He was brought in to score goals in big games, and he is just not doing that. Regardless of the result of this season’s Stanley Cup Final, which most likely will end with the Kings hoisting the Stanley Cup, the Rangers should seriously consider buying out Nash from his contract instead of Brad Richards.