Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/17/11 at 04:17 AM ET
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
He is the face of a struggling franchise that has become the butt of several poor-taste yet arguably just jokes. He is the captain and the guy that is in the second of an eight-year contract that pays him $62.4 million. He is the leader of a franchise that has never won a playoff game and has gone 3-13-1 to start the season.
“When you win, everyone looks at leadership and thinks they have great leadership,” Nash said. “When you lose, leadership always gets questioned. I understand that’s what comes along with being a captain. This is definitely the toughest times I’ve faced being a captain.”
What’s making this season so much more frustrating for Nash is he hasn’t been part of the solution. He has just four goals, 12 points and a paltry minus-12 rating, which ties him for 693rd place in the NHL this season. Only Eric Staal’s minus-17 is worse.
“The weight of the world is on his shoulders,” Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said. “Particularly with the moves we made this summer it looked like we were adding some experienced players to help move it along, and now it hasn’t happened yet. He’s struggled with that.”
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