"You just call on me brother, when you need a hand. We all need somebody to lean on."
This legendary line from the classic 1972 song "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers wasn't written with New York Rangers power winger Rick Nash in mind. However, it certainly applies to Broadway's newest player, and what he should be able to do for his teammates.
The July 23rd deal that brought the 6'4" sniper to Gotham will undoubtedly change the complexion of the team, from being a group of grinders to that of a more offensive-minded, skating outfit. The extra octane Nash will provide is desperately needed.
And even though heart-and-soul players such as Brandon Prust and Brandon Dubinsky are gone, this team has forged an unshakable and undeniable identity built upon the foundation of hard work, teamwork and dedication. It's an environment where Nash, a five-time NHL All-Star, should thrive.
His new teammates are counting on it.
Center Brian Boyle commented at blueshirtsunited.com, "Obviously (Nash) is an elite player, and he's going to help us, for sure." The big pivot also added, "I'm excited he's going to be a part of our team."
Here's the bottom line: Everyone in the Rangers lineup will be counting on the former Columbus Blue Jacket captain to pull his weight, all 219 pounds of it, and then some. But there are five players in particular who'll lean on him the most.
Read on to find out who they are.