There is nothing I wish more than for the New York Rangers to get rid of one of their biggest trade busts in franchise history, Rick Nash. I would do anything to get this player off of the Rangers, and I mean anything.
Nash is literally robbing the Rangers’ organization and their fans of money and team success. He has a $7.8 million cap hit until the 2017-18 season, and has literally done nothing to earn anything anywhere close to his contract since joining the Rangers in the 2012-13 season.
In 65 regular season games this season, Nash recorded 26 goals and 13 assists and in 25 playoff games recorded, three goals and seven assists. The man is nothing more than an overrated “elite” player, a word that is overrated in itself. I mean, if Nash is elite, then so is Benoit Pouliot, who scored two more goals than Nash this postseason.
It has gotten to the point where the name Rick Nash is the punch line of every joke. His offensive production compared to the money he makes per season is an embarrassment not only to the Rangers’ organization, but to himself as well.
If there is any way possible the Rangers can get Nash to waive his no trade clause and then dump him on a Western Conference team for a player and a draft pick, while the Rangers even agree to still pay some of Nash’s salary, I would jump at that chance in an instant.
If Nash does not want to leave, then figure out a way to force him out, because the fans are frankly tired of him and no one wants him here anymore, along with hopeful offseason buyout Brad Richards.
Nash’s career with the Rangers can easily be summed up in Game 5 of this year’s Stanley Cup Finals against the Los Angeles Kings in double overtime, where he had an empty net and got his shot deflected over the net by Kings defenseman Slava Voynov. Not long after, the Kings would score in that second overtime, win the Stanley Cup in 5, and send the Rangers home empty handed.
It’s obvious that Nash cannot handle the pressure of playing in New York, and as a result, the Rangers just cannot succeed with him on the team. It’s time the Rangers’ organization admit they made a mistake in acquiring him, and send him packing immediately. I honestly do not ever want to see him in a Rangers’ uniform again, and I am not the only one.