Re: Rick Nash, anyone?
posted at 5/22/2013 4:13 PM EDT
The whole plan was for Rick Nash to come to Columbus because he could play on a deep team with Brad Richards, the 1st line center that he'd never gotten the chance to play with. The logic was that if a team couldn't load up on that one line, he would thrive, and with 21g, 21a in 44games, his best season in years, I think we can say that he did.
But then late in the season, things changed. Brad Richards became a 4th line player for the NYR, apparently not because he's in the dog-house or to get him out of a funk, but because coach Torts believes he just isn't good anymore. This is the same coach who thought it would be a good idea to trade a perenial 30-40 goal scorer for three grinders. All of the sudden, the NYR were not that deep team that everyone thought they were, they were essentially the Columbus Blue Jackets again offensively with better defense and goaltending.
That team is floudering because of their system, and the shocking decline of Brad Richards, not because of Rick Nash. I submit the same argument that I regularly make when it comes to hockey, there is only so much a wing can do to help a hockey team. Wings are the least important defensively, and they need their centers and their other wing to be taking pressure of them and feeding them the puck to be good offensively. To be honest, I've seen Rick Nash look pretty threatening during the course of the series, and although the production isn't really there, there are enough scoring chances he's generated with individual efforts where I once again wish we could have seen him in a Bruins uniform.
Note: I do agree he's over-paid. I think it's madness to pay a wing that much money (7.75million over 8 years). Lucic at 6million per is my max, tbh.