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(Rick) Nash sticks out like a sore thumb because of the repeated playoff failure — and because of his $7.8 million contract, and mostly because the Rangers broke up a 51-win, 109-point, Eastern Conference finalist core to get him.

He isn't that player anymore. He plays on the perimeter now, understandably after suffering his second concussion in a year. But he also showed what a force he can be when motivated — in his return to Columbus, before and after the Olympics, and in Game 7 last week.

-Rick Carpiniello of USA TODAY where you can read more on Nash and the New York Rangers.

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MoreShoot's avatar

He isn’t that player anymore. He plays on the perimeter now, understandably after suffering his second concussion in a year. But he also showed what a force he can be when motivated

hmmmm.  sounds familiar.

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/06/14 at 12:12 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Is there a Bigger dog in the history of sports than Nash ?

Posted by Evilpens on 05/06/14 at 12:41 PM ET

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My opinion of Nash is since the concussion problems, he has and probably will never be the same player.

He was a force one on one, now, not so much.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/06/14 at 12:42 PM ET

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Well Sid has had All kinds of concussion - linked troubles & he is still the best player in league, He has Never impressed me & I hate to judge a guy by his contract but 7.8 Mill a year & how he has played? that is just bad.

& I say the same thing about Letang’s 7.25 M a year contract that kicks in next season & to make it worse they signed Scuderi to a 4 Yr. 3. 25 Million to “Babysit”  Letang & his brain farts

You don’t sign guys to 7+ M a Yr. deals & then sign someone a D Man @ 3.25 to babysit him

Posted by Evilpens on 05/06/14 at 12:50 PM ET

Its All Hockey's avatar

Sounds like another Lindros saga…

Posted by Its All Hockey on 05/06/14 at 12:50 PM ET

awould's avatar

Is there a Bigger dog in the history of sports than Nash ?

Ryan Leaf

Posted by awould on 05/06/14 at 01:26 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

cough cough Franzen cough

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/06/14 at 01:53 PM ET

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It seems after a few concussions NHL players become gun shy, and play on the perimeter. If so they certainly are not worth the big bucks after that scenario.

Posted by bigfrog on 05/06/14 at 03:45 PM ET

awould's avatar

It seems after a few concussions NHL players become gun shy, and play on the perimeter. If so they certainly are not worth the big bucks after that scenario.

Definitely. It’s a big reason why these head-hunting players like Matt Cooke need to be removed from the game.

Posted by awould on 05/06/14 at 03:50 PM ET

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If the concussions really are the reason for his declined play, it just shows even more how bad NHL is at policing itself.
Start throwing guys out of the league for head shots.

Posted by George0211 on 05/06/14 at 04:09 PM ET

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Is there a Bigger dog in the history of sports than Nash ?

Ryan Leaf

Posted by awould on 05/06/14 at 01:26 PM ET

hehe also Ki-Jana Carter

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 05/06/14 at 04:25 PM ET

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How good is Columbus looking now for letting Nash skip town?

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 05/06/14 at 04:30 PM ET

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Nash was always vastly overrated, I’m as frustrated with Franzen as the next guy but come on he makes almost half of Nash’s ridiculous salary and he’s been integral in several cup wins, hell he’s singlehandedly won Playoff series!

Posted by Bay Area Wings fan on 05/06/14 at 05:09 PM ET

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he’s been integral in several cup wins
Posted by Bay Area Wings fan on 05/06/14 at 05:09 PM ET

Or one win.

2006-2010
69 games, 66 pts, +37

2010-2014
32 games, 12 pts, -11

As Ms. Jackson said, what have you done for me lately?

Posted by awould on 05/06/14 at 05:17 PM ET

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How good is Columbus looking now for letting Nash skip town?

Well, they made the playoffs once with him and once without him and they managed two win two games after letting him skip town.

Plus, he little to do with them scamming an excellent goalie from an idiot gem.

So…um..great?

Posted by Garth on 05/06/14 at 09:00 PM ET

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2006-2010
69 games, 66 pts, +37

2010-2014
32 games, 12 pts, -11

As Ms. Jackson said, what have you done for me lately?

Player A: 2007-2010, 75 games, 80 points, +41
          2011-2014, 28 games, 25 points, +7

How long have you been on the ‘get Z out of town’ bandwagon?

The point, obviously, is that lots of players have been much worse the past 4 years.  Picking Franzen out of the crowd is arbitrary.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 05/07/14 at 11:13 AM ET

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How long have you been on the ‘get Z out of town’ bandwagon?

So your point is that Zetterberg maintained a nearly 0.9 pt/game performance and that somehow that is open to the same criticism I leveled at Franzen’s pathetic 0.38 pt/game? Their respective declines is not even comparable. Is that the best you could do?

It’s like you don’t even try anymore.

Posted by awould on 05/07/14 at 12:09 PM ET

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