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The Rick Nash Dilemma

Could a Rick Nash trade happen in the near future? It’s an interesting question, and a puzzling one to say the least. 

Rick Nash is a big-bodied power forward, who was once a dominate force in the National Hockey League. The question comes to be, can his dominance return? I think not. He’s slowly been going downhill for the past couple seasons. 

Nash has two-years left on his contract with a cap hit of $7.8 million.

He has submitted a list of 12 teams he would accept a trade to. Although, the Rangers aren’t being offered a lot for Nash.

In 60 games this season, the 31-year-old Nash scored 15 goals and 36 points, the worst output of his NHL career. Thus, decreasing his value.

Although, the Rangers defended him all year, saying he was ‘playing hurt.’ It only goes so far. Is Nash worth the $7.8 million cap-hit? The likely answer is no, unless he has a resurgence in his game. Personally, a change in location could be good for his career.

In the 2014-15 season Nash had it going, with 42 goals in 79 games. There was no doubt in his game. Putting up 15 points in 19 playoff games, he looked like he had his game back. He had a great offensive year, which in turn helped the Rangers secure a President’s Trophy.

Of course his production was down (60GP – 15G – 35 Points) because he was out seven weeks with a bone bruise in his leg. Excuses can onto go so far though. 

Nash shot 5.47% this year, which is down over 7% of what he shot last year. He just wasn’t getting the bounces or as many good scoring opportunities as last year, when he shot 12.83%.

This dilemma has been seriously debated. It should be. Rick Nash used to be and still is, a superstar. Maybe having the “C” and all the pressure on his back is what he needs.

What we do know though is that the Rangers won’t move Nash unless they get fair value. So buckle down, and get ready for a big trade this summer. 

After spending nine season in Columbus, Nash asked for a trade and was eventually shipped to the Rangers in 2012 along with Stephen Delisle for Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, and a first-round pick.
Do you think Nash would be a good risk to take on for 2 years? Let me know your opinion down in the comment box! 

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Coleton MacDonald
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