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by Paul on 07/29/12 at 08:59 AM ET
from Steve Zipay of Newsday,
Now 28, Nash, a distinguished winger with a resume that includes five All-Star appearances, an Olympic gold medal and seven seasons of between 30 and 41 goals, is a Blueshirt, acquired in the hope that he can be the missing piece for a gritty team that advanced to the Eastern Conference finals last season.
“This changes the complexion of our team,” Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said. “You don’t get a chance to make a deal like this very often.”
Sather isn’t alone in that assessment.
“Where do you find a 6-4, 235-pound guy with hands, who can skate, is entering his prime, with limited miles on him—although every night he was the No. 1 focus, tightly checked, man-on-man, because teams knew if you shut down Rick Nash, you beat Columbus?” asked Doug MacLean, who drafted Nash first overall in 2002 and was the Blue Jackets’ general manager from 1998 to 2007. “Now people are telling me he’s overrated. Are you serious?”
Don’t be fooled by the low-key demeanor, said MacLean, who compared Nash’s personality—and development—to former Red Wing and Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman. “Quiet guys do their talking on the ice,” MacLean said. “When Stevie was captain, and I was in Detroit, at first he struggled a bit, but he matured and as he was surrounded by better players, he went to another level.”
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