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Torn on Rick Nash

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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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.

Has this really happened?  Have there been teams that have one sniper and virtually nothing else that have done well?

Nash is a terrific goal scorer but he’s more or less one dimensional.  He is a complementary player and I don’t think it’s fair to hang the BJs woes on him.  I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the one year they made the playoffs is the one year they had exceptional goaltending.

Posted by Garth on 02/23/12 at 12:12 PM ET

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If we can get Nash, a true power forward for the 3 players mentioned. I say go. To me Dubinsky’s value is decreasing with each average showing. This year he has been a bust.

Posted by Bob Fox from New Jersey on 02/23/12 at 12:45 PM ET

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I can assure you NYR fans, that Nash is no “complementary” player.  You don’t have a player of his quality on your team except Lundvquist and (maybe) Gaborik.  He is not a one dimensional player, either!  Hitchcock used him on the PK to great success and he changed the dynamic of the opponent’s PP when he was at the point…..a constant threat to go the other way with the puck.
But keep posting uninformed BS (Garth) and he’ll still be on our team, which we CBJ fans hope happens.
FLSTEVE

Posted by Curley on 02/23/12 at 01:17 PM ET

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Hey Curley, go *#$%@& yourself.  I wasn’t being negative about him AT ALL.  In fact, if you employ some reading comprehension you’ll see that I was DEFENDING him against the accusation that if he was really good he would’ve led his team to more post-season appearances.

And yes, he IS a complementary player.  Snipers are, almost by definition.  In order for a sniper to dominate he needs a good set-up man.  There’s a reason that a guy like Brett Hull was at his best when paired with Adam Oates.  Do you know what complementary means?

It’s not fair to blame him for the BJs woes because he’s a scorer and there’s only so much that one man like that can do.

But by all means, tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about.  If I’m wrong then it IS Nash’s fault the BJs suck.

Posted by Garth on 02/23/12 at 01:29 PM ET

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“Has this really happened?  Have there been teams that have one sniper and virtually nothing else that have done well?”

There was one year where Jagr got the Pens to the playoffs with nearly nothing to work with. The 2nd best player, to my recollection, was Darius Kasparaitis who just clocked people and turtled.

Posted by larry from pitt on 02/23/12 at 07:36 PM ET

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