NHL Lockout: Rick Nash Injures Shoulder Playing Overseas for HC Davos

Tom Urtz Jr.Contributor ISeptember 29, 2012


***UPDATE: Saturday September 29,2012 2:11 PM by Tom Urtz Jr***

Rick Nash's MRI on shoulder reveals bone bruise but no structural damage, News confirms. He's day-to-day (in better shape than the lockout)

— Pat Leonard (@NYDNRangers) September 29, 2012

The New York Daily News' Pat Leonard confirms that Nash is not seriously injured as he only suffered a bone bruise, and he is currently day-to-day.

***End of Update***

Rick Nash left an HC Davos game on Friday after he reportedly injured his shoulder after being checked into the boards.

At first, there were numerous reports from non-reputable sources that Nash had suffered a concussion, but TSN Hockey's Darren Dreger squashed those rumors with a series of tweets.

Rick Nash injured his shoulder in Swiss game. His agent, Joe Resnick says he was taken out of game and will be re-evaluated in a cpl days.

— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) September 28, 2012

Resnick stressed, Nash's injury is shoulder and not head as some have speculated. Taken out of game for precautionary reasons.

— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) September 28, 2012

What is important to take from this news is this: Nash was taken out of the game for precautionary reasons. There is no confirmation that he suffered any injury, and more news will be available after the New York Rangers' winger is further evaluated.

At first glance, most fans will use this as cannon fodder toward the NHL as an example of why the NHL lockout has gone far enough. Nash isn't the first NHL star either playing or headed overseas to be injured. Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, headed to the KHL's Dinamo Minsk, injured his ankle and was replaced on its roster by the Nashville Predators' Pekka Rinne.

From @russostrib: AHL Houston Aeros to open training camp at the X; Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom injured bit.ly/NFgObs — Star Tribune Sports (@StribSports) September 20, 2012

Others will slam Nash for deciding to play for HC Davos instead of sticking with the Rangers. It is very easy to say that if Nash was back in North America, he would have been completely fine.

However, if the NHL wasn't locked out, the odds of Nash injuring his shoulder during the preseason are the same or higher than in Switzerland. Additionally, if the lockout does continue, weeks and/or months of inactivity could adversely affect Nash's play.

Before Rangers fans hit the panic button, Nash could be completely OK—the injury occurred when he was checked into the boards—and that is exactly what the Rangers are thinking. According to an ESPN New York report, sources close to the Rangers feel that Nash will be fine.

It is easy for fans to have been nervous when word broke that Nash was injured, if he had potentially suffered a concussion, but it is always best to wait for confirmation from someone like Darren Dreger, who tremendously covered #NashWatch this summer.

For the latest on Rick Nash and his injury or lack thereof, stick with the New York Rangers and NHL page at Bleacher Report.