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Unlike so many other players the Rangers have acquired over the years (think Marcel Dionne, Phil Esposito, Wayne Gretzky, Guy Lafleur), Nash is still in his prime at the age of 28.
What's more, Nash is under contract to the Rangers through the end of the 2017-18 season. The Rangers now have cost certainty for Nash and can effectively build their team around him for the next six seasons. When the contract expires, Nash will be 34 and just beginning to get past the prime of his career.
Nash has also been a very consistent NHL player. In nine NHL seasons, he has topped the 30 goals mark seven times and twice scored at least 40 goals in a season.
The 6'4", 216-pound Brampton, Ontario native has also been very durable, playing in at least 74 games in all but one season since joining the Blue Jackets in 2002-03.