The Official Offseason Thread (Part III) - Is it TC yet?!
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06-04-2012, 01:08 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
Rick Nash has bust written all over him
A burning question with Nash – what kind of center does he need? – only became more compelling this season. Nash, never blessed with a playmaker to his side, still has plenty of “junior” in his game, meaning he tries to do the work himself. A defensive-minded center who likes to shoot (imagining Ryan Kesler) would seem ideal. … Seems hard to believe, but the Blue Jackets center with whom Nash seemed to mesh best was Manny Malhotra. … Nash used to take over 10-12 games per season, which is the sign of a bona fide star at the NHL level. He looked unstoppable some nights. In recent seasons, though, the number of “takeover” games has slid well into single-digits. Understandable, perhaps, but it’s been noticeable
Nash seems to creep farther away from the net on the power play, too, playing more on the half-wall than down low, where he used to score most of his goals. Then again, that might be why he was healthy enough to play 82 games last season.
How much for this player? Swap multiple assets. The $7.8M takes up a significant portion of cap space. Stuck with him for next 6 years. Priceless.
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