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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Code this, code that. Nobody is quite sure exactly what it is in the NHL.
But here was the code as described by Marty McSorley, when he came to the Rangers from the Kings in 1996 after having been Wayne Gretzky’s teammate for 11 seasons in Edmonton and Los Angeles:
“Everybody who is on the ice with Gretz has to be willing to take a game misconduct penalty at any time.”
So here is Code Blueshirt: Everybody who is on the ice with Rick Nash from this moment forward has to be willing to take a game misconduct at all times....
When No. 61 does return to the ice, his teammates must play with the collective mentality that a blow delivered against Nash is tantamount to a strike against the Rangers’ franchise itself, and will be dealt with immediately.
A musical montage set to 'Not Guilty
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Rick Nash has targeted either Tuesday at the Garden against the Bruins or Thursday in Dallas for his return from the concussion that has sidelined him since Oct. 8.
“As long as there are no setbacks,” Nash said following the Rangers’ morning skate on Saturday. “Everything has been positive, and I’ve been pushing it every day.”
Nash, who will have missed 17 straight games following the weekend’s matches on Saturday at the Canadiens and Sunday at home against the Kings, has skated eight straight days. He was cleared for contact beginning with Friday’s practice.
“I don’t know if there’s going to be a moment [when I make the decision to play]. I think I need some more down-low work and a bit more practice in game-like situations,” Nash said. “I’ve really only had two practices with the team, not counting a pregame skate.
“It takes some time to get the legs back, but I think I’m feeling better than I thought I would. I seem to be keeping up with guys who have been playing, so that’s definitely a positive.”
from Steve Zipay of Newsday,
"The plan is each day to do more and more on the ice and in the gym and see if any symptoms pop up," said Nash, who has scored 30 or more goals seven times. "And as we move along, just kind of work my way back into game situations. I've been in touch with the doctors the whole time, obviously, we'll keep them in the loop. It's day by day. We'll figure it out tonight and go to a new game plan in the morning."
The next step would be a full-team practice, then taking contact in others.
But Nash, who is signed through the 2018-19 season with a cap hit of $7.8 million per year, said there was no need to hurry back into the lineup.
"When you look at it, New York's invested a lot in me and I've invested a lot in them," he said. "I think even if we were losing, it would be stupid to rush back, just because of that. It's a long-term contract and we want to make sure from both sides that I come back at 110 percent ready to play."
The Rangers have been very quiet as Rick Nash recovers from a concussion, so finally some positive news.
Of course, we will be waiting to see how the skate went...
added 11:27am, via Andrew Gross tweets,
GM Glen Sather on Rick Nash (concussion): "Obviously he's on the road to recovery. He wouldn't be skating. He still has a ways to go."
More GM Glen Sather on Rick Nash (concussion): "He's got to get back into condition."
added 1:30pm, Rich Nash talks after skating today, watch below...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Brandon Dubinsky was one of the original Bluebloods, part of the class of Rangers including Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal to come through the system and reach Broadway when the philosophy changed to a focus on in-house development following the 2004-05 lockout.
He was there as a rookie to center Jaromir Jagr when neither Scott Gomez nor Chris Drury proved a match for No. 68 in 2007-08, and he was there when the Blueshirts went to the conference finals in 2011-12.
And then he was gone, traded to the Blue Jackets in late July of 2012 with Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a first-round draft pick in exchange for Rick Nash, the finisher general manager Glen Sather devoutly believed would carry the Rangers across the finish line.
“The hardest part for me was that we had grown up together and had taken the team from not making the playoffs in forever to the conference finals, and then not only my trade, but all the moves [that summer] I didn’t understand,” Dubinsky said before facing the Rangers for the first time in Thursday night’s 4-2 Blue Jackets’ loss.
“Sometimes that’s the way New York is. They like the flash and the dash, and they want a new toy, I guess.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
MacTavish won’t trade his big guns–Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Jordan Eberle–but the door might be slightly ajar for Yakupov who is having a miserable second NHL season after a fine 17-goal rookie year. But Hemsky is almost surely being shopped by the 3-10-2 Oilers who need to get bigger and better defensively, and certainly Rangers’ coach Alain Vigneault, formerly running the Vancouver Canucks’ bench, would have seen lots of Hemsky over the past seven or eight years. And, it’s no secret the Rangers can’t score (26 goals in 14 games) and they sorely miss the concussed Rick Nash on the wing, and Hemsky can put up points, as long as he stays healthy.
His $5 million salary is definitely an impediment to any team taking him on but the Oilers would have to take salary back, or maybe they could pick up some of the right-winger’s wage. When Thomas Vanek was dealt to the New York Rangers, the Sabres agreed to pay close to 20 percent of his $7.1 million cap hit..
Who would the Oilers be looking at in New York. Leftwinger /centre Chris Kreider’s name immediately comes to mind.
I am not sure about Kreider, he has been impressive his last few games.
Brendan Shanahan reflects on his NHL career and going into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
from Katie Strang of ESNNewYork,
... the Rangers are eager to assert themselves against a Ducks team that crushed them earlier this season in a 6-0 shutout in Anaheim on Oct. 10.
"To say the least, we embarrassed ourselves," coach Alain Vigneault said of that loss. "We have an opportunity tonight to measure ourselves against one of the best teams in the league."
Adding another element of drama to Monday's action was the subtle dig Vigneault took at the Ducks and coach Bruce Boudreau.
Vigneault mentioned Boudreau's decision to put Anaheim's top power-play unit on the ice in the third period with the Ducks already leading 6-0.
"It was 6-0, six minutes left, we took a penalty and they put their top unit on the ice," Vigneault said. "So they play ... they're a good team."...
Asked about Vigneault's comments, Boudreau fired back.
"Has he seen our power play?" Boudreau asked.
more on the game
via Katie Strang of ESPNNewYork,
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault made it clear after his team's 5-1 win over the Hurricanes on Saturday night that he did not like Ryan Murphy's second-period hit on Derek Dorsett.
The rookie defenseman appeared to undercut Dorsett, upending him in a play that infuriated Dorsett's teammates and resulted in a clipping penalty.
"I mean, in my opinion, that's real dangerous," Vigneault said. "Any time you're going for knees, you're looking at career-ending injuries here."
Dorsett appeared to be OK after the hit, but that didn't seem to placate Vigneault.
"That was borderline very, very dangerous."
The only video of the hit I could find can be viewed below and Murphy did receive two for clipping...
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