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The Rangers have developed a hard-working identity. They are tough and tenacious. Nash will have to fit into that identity.
By all accounts, Nash is a hard-working player. He had 104 hits. He does need to block shots more, as he only blocked 21 last year.
The big thing for Nash is the pressure. Playing in Columbus is not like playing in New York. Nash was brought in as the missing piece, the man to take the team from Eastern Conference runner-ups to Eastern Conference champs and beyond. Can he deal?
We don't know for sure. But there are some signs working in his favor. For one, Nash has played for Team Canada and had five points in seven games at the 2010 Olympics.
He's also been a captain before, so he knows how to deal with media.
The difference now, at least, is that he's not the only player expected to deliver. For years, Nash was the face of the franchise in Columbus. He won't be in New York. Henrik Lundqvist is the face. He's not "the guy". He's not the captain. He's just here to score.
If anything, it sounds like Nash is looking forward to joining the Rangers [via Yahoo!]:
''The main thing was looking at the (Rangers), looking at what they did over the last couple of years, something that I loved to be a part of and to help them out,'' Nash said. ''Hockey is truly a passion here, where they expect a championship-caliber team.
''They've done everything they can as an organization to put that together.''
If the pressure doesn't get to Nash, we're looking at a big season for the newest Ranger.