With training camp less than a week away, there’s still no clear answer as to what Rick Nash’s NHL future holds.
The winger, who most recently played for the Boston Bruins, was sidelined with a concussion for the final 12 games of the regular season before returning for the playoffs last campaign. And though he returned without issue in the playoffs, he hasn’t given a definite answer if he’ll return to the ice this season or hang up his skates.
Of course, this leaves uncertainty as to who will play on David Krejci’s right side, as the 34-year-old meshed well with No. 46 after being traded to the B’s from the New York Rangers at the trade deadline. But if you ask Krejci about Nash’s future, he’ll tell you the health of his former linemate is what’s most important.
“It was tough luck for him. His body has been through a lot. He’s been playing in the league for a really long time — over 1,000 (games),” Krejcj said, via MassLive. “A concussion, that never helps. It’s hard to recover from those kind of injuries. Not really sure how he’s feeling right now, but it’s his decision, it’s his life. … He’s not just a hockey player, he’s also a father and he needs to make sure his health is the No. 1 priority.”
While Nash and Krejci showed chemistry together on the second line, there still are plenty of viable internal candidates to slot in on his right side such as Anders Bjork, Danton Heinen, David Pastrnak and Ryan Donato.
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