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Rick Nash Forced To Retire Due To Concussion Issues

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Red Winger's avatar

Sad to hear.

I always liked Nash as a player. Yeah, I know, he was an under-achiever in some aspects. But, still, when he was on his game he was a pretty damn good power forward.

Best of luck in retirement, sir, hope all goes well.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 01/11/19 at 11:40 AM ET

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That’s a shame.

It would have been kind of nice if he’d had a chance
to come back and finish with the Jackets and try and help his original team on a playoff
run. For too many seasons he was expected carry that team with little help.

As a young guy he was captain, team ambassador, main goal-scored and only star player.

As far as I know he handled all of that at once while being a solid person, too.

Whenever a player has symptoms or barely gets past symptoms after several months off
you worry about his long-term health. Good for him for knowing what’s most important and putting
health and family ahead of hockey.

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/11/19 at 12:29 PM ET

Wings_in_NYC's avatar

Aw man. That’s no good. I always thought he would have fit in on the Wings (when they were a contender). Sad to see this happen to someone who is so young.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 01/11/19 at 12:31 PM ET

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Smart move.  I am actually surprised that more athletes do no follow the same path.  The money has been made; take care of yourself first.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 01/11/19 at 12:32 PM ET

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A few of you have mentioned CBJ and there is talk today Nash met with them over the summer and was very interested in returning to Columbus.

But he made the right decision, no need to risk it anymore.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/11/19 at 12:35 PM ET

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I’ve never been a fan of Nash’s.  #1, he always seemed like kind of an arrogant ass on-ice.  And secondly and related, then for all his arrogance he usually seemed to under-perform when teams needed him the most.

That all said, this sucks.  There ARE guys that quite frankly deserve to have their careers end this way (the guys that get suspended over and over for hits to the head…. they absolutely deserve to go out this way).  But not him.  I hope he realizes he made the right choice in calling it quits, and hopefully he’s not going to have the constant battle guys like Johan Franzen have had, with symptoms that never go away.  It’s easy to trade Later for returns Now… but for a season, a few games… not worth it.

Posted by Primis on 01/11/19 at 08:59 PM ET

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