Rick Nash Injury: Updates on Rangers Star's Head, Likely Return Date
Updates from Tuesday, Nov. 19:
From Darren Dreger of TSN:
Rick Nash good to go tonight vs Bruins.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) November 19, 2013
From Katie Strang of ESPN:
#NYR Nash is in tonight vs. BOS. "It's been a long six weeks. I'm excited. "— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) November 19, 2013
From Steve Zipay of Newsday:
AV says Nash was officially cleared on Sunday. Phoned him yesterday, agreed that it was his decision. Today, he said he was ready— Steve Zipay (@stevezipay) November 19, 2013
AV says Nash will probably play 15 minutes, even strength and PP— Steve Zipay (@stevezipay) November 19, 2013
Updates from Monday, Nov. 18:
Andrew Gross of The Record has an update on a roster move by the New York Rangers as Rick Nash continues to rehab from his concussion:
Rangers re-assign F Brandon Mashinter to Hartford (AHL).— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) November 18, 2013
As for what it means for Nash's possible return to the lineup, Rick Carpiniello of The Journal-News had more information:
to clarify, Nash is close to returning, not sure he will play tomorrow or even Thursday.— Rangers Report (@rangersreport) November 18, 2013
Updates from Friday, Nov. 15:
Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports that Rick Nash is practicing but likely not ready to play:
Rick Nash didn't skate on any lines and isn't expected to play, but he is practicing on the second power play unit #NYR— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) November 15, 2013
Updates From Tuesday, Nov. 12:
Rick Nash returned to the ice as he tries to return from a head injury, and the Rangers updated his status on the team's official Twitter account:
"Push myself each day more and more" - Rick Nash on his plans moving forward. #NYR— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) November 12, 2013
"We want to make sure on both sides I'm 110% coming back." - #NYR Rick Nash— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) November 12, 2013
"I was a little slow, a little out of shape, but the important part is that I feel good otherwise"- Rick Nash— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) November 12, 2013
Nash also talked about his diagnosis and health after the concussion, via Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News:
When Rick Nash visited Michigan-based neurologist Dr. Jeffrey Scott Kutcher in mid-October, the Rangers right wing received relieving news about his Oct. 8 concussion.
“He didn’t see any long-term effect,” Nash (above) said Tuesday morning at the Garden. “That was the best news.”
Nash still experienced concussion symptoms in the form of headaches for several weeks after, but the long-term diagnosis meant a lot, especially coming from Kutcher. The neurologist is described by at least one colleague as “one of the best in the business.”
Nash also said that he's symptom-free as he tries to return, via Tal Pinchevsky of NHL.com:
"[I am] symptom-free from the injury. Just [need to] push myself more and more and see if any symptoms come back from it. But so far it's been good," Nash said. "I've been in touch with the doctors the whole time during this injury, and with the trainers. We'll keep them in the loop. It's just kind of day-by-day and see how I feel."
Newsday's Steve Zipay has the latest after today's optional morning skate:
Breaking: Alain Vigneault says Rick Nash, who has missed 15 games, will practice with team for 1st time Wed, No timetable for return— Steve Zipay (@stevezipay) November 12, 2013
From ESPN's Pierre LeBrun:
Rick Nash on the ice with goalies and extras today. Not sure what it means for time line but obviously a good thing— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) November 9, 2013
From Brett Cyrgalis of The New York Post:
Sather on Nash: "Obviously, he's on the road to recovery. Otherwise, he wouldn't be skating. He still has a way to go."— Brett Cyrgalis (@BrettCyrgalis) November 9, 2013
From the Rangers' official Twitter feed:
"To see him on the ice and skating and feeling good is a real positive sign for us"-Alain Vigneault on Rick Nash— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) November 9, 2013
From Andrew Gross of The New Jersey Record:
Rick Nash on his timetable: "Hopefully tonight goes well and I skate again tomorrow and just inch forward. I can't pick a date."— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) November 9, 2013
Rick Nash on his conditioning: "Probably about four weeks behind, four weeks and three days behind is what I feel."— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) November 9, 2013
Nash: "This year the symptoms just held on, it seemed like I just couldn’t shake them...It was definitely a lot different than last year.— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) November 9, 2013
Larry Brooks of the New York Post confirms Rick Nash remains sidelined with not clear timetable for his return to game-time action:
Nash, who has been examined by Michigan-based concussion specialist, Dr. Jeffrey Scott Kutcher, remains sidelined for an indefinite period of time. The Post has learned the winger has skated on his own periodically at the club’s training facility, but there is no expectation of an imminent return from the concussion he sustained in San Jose on Oct. 8.
Rick Carpiniello of The Journal News and LoHud.com reports Rick Nash is not practicing with the team on Monday, Oct. 21:
No Rick Nash (concussion)— Rangers Report (@rangersreport) October 21, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 15
Dan Rosen of NHL.com has an update on Rick Nash, who has been placed on injured reserve by the Rangers:
He also didn't practice Monday, and there is no timetable for when he could return to the lineup.
"He's still feeling some symptoms, so until I hear otherwise I don't expect him back," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said after practice.
UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 14
From Dan Rosen of NHL.com:
Vigneault says Nash is still experiencing symptoms so he doesn't expect him back any time soon.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) October 14, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 9
From New York Post reporter Larry Brooks:
Nash: "I have a headache. It got worse. It was a head shot. I'm concerned the way it feels."— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) October 9, 2013
The Record's Staff courtesy of the Associated Press passed along an additional statement from Rick Nash:
“It just didn’t feel right,” Nash said. “I could feel it. Any time you get a head shot you’re concerned. It’s not a good feeling.”
New York Rangers star forward Rick Nash has been sidelined indefinitely since suffering a head injury during the team's Oct. 8 game against the San Jose Sharks.
Rangers beat writer Andrew Gross of The Record described Nash's injury for fans when it happened, noting that Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart's elbow made contact with Nash's head during the first period of the game:
Uh-oh. Rick Nash will not return for #NYR tonight. Wasn't on bench to start second period. Took Brad Stuart elbow to head early in 1st.— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) October 9, 2013
Nash is expected to miss an undetermined amount of time due to the injury.
Per Newsday's Steve Zipay, the Rangers announced early in the second period that he would not return:
It's not the first time the 29-year-old has run into problems above the neck. Gross noted that he missed four games over the course of last season after Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic connected with a questionable hit:
Rick Nash, of course, missed four games last season due to a concussion after a high hit from the Bruin's Milan Lucic.— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) October 9, 2013
Nash is in the midst of a productive start to his 2013-14 campaign, posting three assists through two games heading into Tuesday's showdown.
His presence will certainly be missed offensively should he have to sit out. In his first season since arriving from Columbus, Nash posted 21 goals and 21 assists through 41 games in the lockout-shortened season.
For updates on the situation surrounding the former No. 1 overall draft pick, stay locked to Bleacher Report.
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