The next 3 Columbus coaches didn't use Nash that much on the PK.
Nash seems to be the kind of player who is at his best when he as a strong coach pushing him to be his best. That's not meant as a knock, it's just the way it seems to be.
I honestly believe that Torts is exactly the kind of coach who will get as close to everything he can out of a guy like Nash. It's not just a matter of Nash potentially making the Rangers better, I truly believe that the Rangers, as currently constructed, can make Nash better as well.
And actually, as much as the dynamic will change, the Rangers will first and foremost remain Tortorella’s team. There is no doubt about that. The primary reason the Blueshirts had few, if any, second thoughts about dealing Tim Erixon to the Blue Jackets is the coach couldn’t envision the finesse-oriented 21-year-old defenseman fitting into the style he demands.
If the Rangers were fixated on acquiring Nash as they were for six months before pulling off the trade on July 23, they couldn’t have made a better deal than the one in which they sent away Dubinsky, Anisimov and Erixon. But it’s not as if the team yielded nothing; not as if the Rangers merely sent spare parts the other way.
Dubinsky, 26, was a first-wave Blueblood building block who was steadily improving until he fell off the rails last year. Anisimov, 24, was often a puzzle, but he was the team’s first-line left wing for more than 50 games last year on a unit with Derek Stepan and Gaborik that carried the team offensively through the guts of the season.
I agree with him in the sense that it's not like the Rangers gave up peanuts. But I also can't help but feel that the "first wave of true blue Rangers" lines I'm hearing are more product of nostalgia (and memories of the dark years) than they are of results and accomplishments.
This isn't Tony Amonte and Doug Weight we just traded, these are two guys who have averaged 18 goals and 15 goals respectively.
They were vital parts of getting this team to where it is today, but it's not like they were stars on a dynasty either.
Like the Yankees of the early 90s, you try and hold onto the kids who will be stars for you and use the others as assets to improve the team. You can't fall in love with every young player you develop, just as much as you can't mortgage all of them.
Agree with the idea that Torts will get the most out of Nash. I also think it's beneficial to have Richards here too. He seems like a quiet guy, but I think he does quite a bit to convince players that buying into what Torts is selling has it's benefits. Look at what Torts did with VL it wasn't pretty but I think he got the best out of him.