by Patrick Hoffman on 02/23/12 at 12:07 PM ET
If you are a New York Rangers’ fan, than you have obviously been hearing all the talk regarding Columbus Blue Jackets’ sniper Rick Nash becoming a Blueshirt via trade come on or before deadline day.
While there is little doubt that Nash is an offensive threat and can put the puck in the net, I am torn on whether or not the Rangers should make a move for him.
For starters, I am not sure I want to give up the likes of Brandon Dubinsky, Michael Del Zotto, or Chris Kreider. These are all young, terrific players that have grown up on the Rangers’ system and have succeeded in it (Kreider soon will). Are they really worth giving up on for the likes of a Nash?
Secondly, what has Nash accomplished with the Blue Jackets? Yes, the team around him is dreadful but he has only managed to get the team into the playoffs once. Again, I understand that he never had much talent around him but players have had less than him and have still led their team to more than one postseason.
Lastly, we have seen this story before. The Rangers acquire a big-time player and then the player turns out to be a bust. If Nash thinks he had a lot of pressure on him in Columbus, just wait until he plays in New York where he will garner a ton of media attention.
On the other hand, I know that Nash is a terrific hockey player. He produces on a consistent basis, can put the puck in the net, can set teammates up and can also throw the body around.
May be if Nash was put with a guy like Brad Richards, he would become a scoring machine. In New York, Nash would have a lot of solid offensive players around him and could fit anywhere in the lineup.
What do you folks think? Is Nash really worth it? Are you torn like I am?
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