Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants is reporting that Rick Nash did not practice today and will NOT be going north with the team on the trip to Ottawa. There is a chance, however, that Nash could play on Saturday against Montreal.
The Rangers have remained quiet on what is troubling Nash.
Larry Brooks is speculating that Nash suffered a concussion on a hit delivered by Milan Lucic on February 12th. Nash was able to finish the rest of that game and played in the Rangers next two games. This is pure speculation by Brooks and there is absolutely no evidence to back this up.
Others have speculated that Nash has reaggravated his shoulder or groin, which he injured in Greece over the lockout. Again this is pure speculation, but makes much more sense if you ask me.
With the Rangers having dealt with serious concussions suffered by Marc Staal and Michael Sauer, I do not think they would have let Nash play if there was any chance he was concussed. He is too important and too valuable a player to risk playing even if there is the slightest chance he has a concussion.
I understand why the Rangers are trying to keep quiet on the ailment, but I think they should at least come out and give the fans something at this point. It doesn’t have to be specific at all, just say something along the lines of “Nash is sore and needs time to recover.”