Will Nash’s Fire Burn Out?

Oct 22, 2011; Ottawa, ON, CAN; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Rick Nash (61) speaks to the media following game against Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. The Senators defeated the Blue Jackets 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-US PRESSWIRE

I hate to keep commenting on Rick Nash, but after a brief conversation yesterday with some other hockey minded people, I felt I wanted to throw in my take on the current Nash siatuation. Here’s the quick and dirty. It’s no secret that Nash has been carrying the Blue Jackets now for quite some time, and while they didn’t find success as a team, individually the guy stands out as being on fire. He manages to shine in a bleak situation. That being said, you know the guy has to be getting burned out. Nobody wants to be single handedly responsible for carrying a workload, of any kind. My fear for any team, including the Sharks, who stands to potentially gain the superstar that is Rick Nash, is that they won’t actually get the Rick Nash they all see now. I think they will get a version of Nash, who, while still good, isn’t as effective. I think he will realize he can actually go into playing a solid role for a team, not being a one man powerhouse any longer.

I could see him taking a few months to just relax into a new team and not push as hard as he has been. Let’s be honest, sometimes we need breaks, and we need other people to carry us from time to time. I think Nash is looking for a solid team he can fit into, take a few deep breaths for once, and play a solid, yet not so demanding role. Now, will his crazy awesome work ethic allow him to back down for a few minutes when and if he gets traded? Maybe. I for one think he needs and deserves a chance to slow it down for a little while as long as he  brings it full on when he’s needed. I guess we’ll know how this all plays out within the next few months. Just don’t be surprised if Nash’s stats take a bit of a dip at the beginning of the regular season, and be aware that he’s been killing himself for a drowning team. If San Jose is his life boat, let’s give him some water and let him recover before throwing him back into the ocean.

~ALH

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  • Kingshark49

    Nash will be assett where ever he goes. That said, as much as I would love for him to a Shark (and I would never turn him away, overall he can only help), I say not at the price of Logan Couture or Joe Pavelski. Unless Marleau agrees to waive his NTC, or DW figures out some other way to get him in teal that doesn’t involve Couture or Pavelski and draft choices for the next ten years, I don’t see Nash coming to the Sharks. I would say right now the Boston Bruins are the favorates to get Nash because they have far more movable assets. Don’t even be surprised if a team such as Vancouver also gets in the mix. I say Nash is a possibility still for the Sharks, but the scenario would likely be a three team deal where assets are moved to Columbus, and Marleau and maybe Niemi go to the third team involved in the deal (though I can see Niemi still going to Columbus for Steve Mason, which would benefit both the Sharks and Blue Jackets)…

  • Kingshark49

    Nash will be asset where ever he goes. That said, as much as I would love for him to become a Shark (and I would never turn him away, overall he can only help), I say not at the price of Logan Couture or Joe Pavelski. Unless Marleau agrees to waive his NTC, or DW figures out some other way to get him in teal that doesn’t involve Couture or Pavelski and draft choices for the next ten years, I don’t see Nash coming to the Sharks. I would say right now the Boston Bruins are the favorates to get Nash because they have far more movable assets. Don’t even be surprised if a team such as Vancouver also gets in the mix. I say Nash is a possibility still for the Sharks, but the scenario would likely be a three team deal where assets are moved to Columbus, and Marleau and maybe Niemi go to the third team involved in the deal (though I can see Niemi in the same deal still going to Columbus for Steve Mason, which would benefit both the Sharks and Blue Jackets)…

  • BleedingTeal

    Great writeup Amy, and some very solid points made. I would fully expect a letdown from Nash’s initial landing wherever he goes. But I really really hope he doesn’t come here because it will gut our depth. And the prospect of that happening still makes me sad…

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