Rick Nash Injury: Updates on Rangers Star's Status

Tim KeeneyContributor IFebruary 19, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10:  Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers is congratulated by teammates on the bench after he scored in the third period against the Tampa Bay Lightning on February 10, 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.The New York Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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It's unclear what exactly is wrong with New York Rangers winger Rick Nash, but it's going to force him to miss some time. 


UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 28, at 5:33 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

Rick Nash will return to the lineup on Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, according to Dan Rosen of NHL.com.

Rosen tweeted on Thursday:


It's official now, the Rangers will have Nash, McDonagh and Del Zotto all in the lineup tonight against the Lightning.

— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) February 28, 2013


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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 28, at 11:10 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

It's looking very good that Nash will lace up the skates and play Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. From Dan Rosen of NHL.com:

And Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News adds the following:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 5:21 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

Nash's long-awaited return to the lineup will not be happening on Tuesday. The New York Daily News' Pat Leonard is reporting that Nash, along with three other Rangers players, will be out for Tuesday night's clash against the Winnipeg Jets:

Though that's undoubtedly bad news, it seems like Nash is nearing a return. With the Rangers outside the Eastern Conference playoff race, they will be waiting on bated breath until that happens.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 11:54 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Rick Nash is making progress, but was noncommittal on whether or not he will play tonight, according to ESPN's Katie Strang.

NorthJersey.com's Andrew Gross has the latest from Nash regarding his injury:

Nash sidestepped several questions regarding exactly what injury he’s been dealing with, saying it’s been a few things.

But, asked point blank whether he had suffered a concussion, Nash hesitated before again giving a vague answer.

'Umm, I’m not a doctor, it’s tough for me to analyze that,' Nash said. 'It wasn’t something where I could look at myself and say I had that issue. That’s up for the doctors to decide.'

'I’m feeling good, getting better, it’s a positive day for sure when you get back out and skate with the guys,' Nash added. 'I don’t know about tonight. Obviously I’ll talk to the trainers. But it was a good day to get a good skate in.'

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 10:46 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Great news for Rangers fans as Rick Nash is back on the ice this morning, the team announced. It remains to be seen, however, when he will return to game action.

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UPDATE: Saturday, Feb. 23, at 10:10 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Rick Nash has been placed on injured reserve to make room for 20-year-old right winger Christian Thomas according to the New York Daily News' Pat Leonard. Nash is eligible to come off IR after Saturday however.

A former second-round pick in the 2010 NHL draft, Thomas is expected to make his NHL debut for the Rangers Saturday night in Montreal.

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UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 22, at 4:23 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Rick Nash will miss his third straight game this weekend. He will not join the team for Saturday's game against the Montreal Canadiens according to Newsday's Steve Zipay on Friday.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 1:15 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

While the timetable for Nash's return remains unclear, he will at least miss the Rangers' next game on Thursday against the Ottawa Senators, according to ESPN's Katie Strang:


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UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 12:08 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Rangers star Rick Nash is not practicing with the Rangers today due to an undisclosed injury, according to ESPN's Katie Strang.

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According to ESPN's Katie Strang, the veteran star was out of the lineup on Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens:

The mystery ailment hadn't held him out of the lineup until now. 

Nash missed practice Saturday and was questionable on Sunday, but he suited up in full and dished out one assist in New York's 2-1 win over Washington.

When Strang asked head coach John Tortorella what was wrong with Nash, Tortorella simply said it was "none of your business."

Nash, one of last season's most highly coveted players, has been an instant success in New York. 

In 14 games, he has already racked up three goals, nine assists and a plus/minus rating of plus-nine en route to leading the Rangers to a 8-5-1 record. 

Still, the nature in which New York is keeping his ailment a secret has to be at least a little concerning. 

Because he played after the news broke of something being wrong, it doesn't appear to be a major injury, but it's just a little odd that no one seems to know what's bothering him. 

In Nash's stead, Chris Kreider will be back in the lineup. In seven games this season, the 21-year-old rookie has a goal, an assist and a plus/minus of plus-two. He was a healthy scratch on Sunday.

Meanwhile, players like Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin will be called upon to increase their already steady production for as long as Nash remains on the sideline. 

We'll be sure to update you as more becomes known regarding the Rangers superstar's mystery ailment.