Rick Nash Got His Wish In Playing For New York, Happy Rangers Didn’t ‘Blow Up’ Young Core In New DealJuly 27, 2012 – 8:30 am by Steven Cuce
Some may argue that the New York Rangers didn’t fulfill their goal of winning a Stanley Cup last season because they didn’t pull the trigger on the Rick Nash trade. New York is a defensive minded team under coach John Tortorella and really proved it all of last season eventually wearing down in the Eastern Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils. Well the Rangers sure addressed their main weakness, which is a lack of scoring by finally getting a deal done for Rick Nash without having to part with Chris Kreider or Michael Del Zotto.
The numbers are jaw dropping for the right winger setting Columbus franchise records for goals (289), assists (258) and points (574). No.61 is also the Blue Jackets’ leader in games played (674), game-winning goals (44) and power-play goals (83). Nash is happy to be a Ranger and looks forward to playing on the big stage.
Rick Nash joined WFAN in New York with Boomer and Carton to discuss being in trade talks for over five months with the New York Rangers, the scouting report he got on the Rangers before he was traded to New York, knowing the expectations from Rangers fans, his prior relationship with coach John Tortorella and not wanting the Rangers to trade their whole team for him during the trade deadline last season.
Has this been a long five months for you?
“It has. It has. It’s been a real long five months, but stayed patient and it turned out the way I wanted it to.”
What was the scouting report that your former teammate Vinny Prospal gave to you about the Rangers?
“He said it’s a wonderful place to play. He’s played in a few different places and it was one of his favorites and he said the fans are real passionate. They love their hockey and it’s one of the best in the league to play.”
Was there any extra motivation when you played at MSG against the Rangers before this?
“For sure. Any time you lace up against an original six team you try to win that much more. Expectations, I think that’s how sports should be. I think any fan, any true fan of any sport, they want their team to win and they expect the best from them. Any time we step on the ice, I wouldn’t want anything different from fans.”
Have you had any time with John Tortorella prior to becoming a New York Ranger? Do you know him at all?
“No. No. I don’t know him at all. I played against him at every level basically, but I’ve already talked to a lot of guys and they’ve given me some insight on him.”
Was there a voice in your head during the trade deadline that said don’t trade me for all of those guys? Did you think you had a shot at going to the Rangers in the offseason? Were the Rangers the team you wanted to go to?
“Yeah. It was my number one right here. I thought this was the team that was already one of the best in the league and I’d love to be a part of the organization and what they have going here. You’re exactly right. I didn’t want them to blow up the nucleus of the team and the players that are going to make them good. That’s the reason why I wanted to come. I’m happy (with) the way it worked out. I thought Columbus got two great players and a prospect. I thought the trade worked out for both organizations.”