Rick Nash will have to wait until another day to see his “Thank You” tribute from the Columbus Blue Jackets. We’re assuming there will be on once Nash returns to Columbus as a member of the New York Rangers after everything he did for the organization. He was the face of the franchise for 674 games.
Nash is the franchise leader in games played, goals, assists, points, shots, game-winning goals, short-handed goals and power-play goals for the Jackets. It’s an understatement to say that he was an incredibly important part of Columbus during its more infantile years.
While he would eventually ask for a trade, the divorce wasn’t ugly. Nash was finally dealt to New York after months of speculation, and hasn’t been back to Ohio to play a hockey game since. Thursday night would have been his first contest against his former franchise, but he’s still on the shelf with a concussion that he received at the hands of Brad Stuart.
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) November 4, 2013
New York’s game against Columbus will be the 13th consecutive that Nash has missed, which is made more concerning by the fact that he missed four games last year with a concussion as well. So the meeting between the Rangers and Jackets takes on a dense “what could have been” feel.
Both teams feature several ex-players from the other side. Brandon Dubinsky and Marian Gaborik are both ex-Rangers. So is Artem Anisimov. Aside from Nash, New York rosters Derick Brassard, John Moore and Derek Dorsett. All of whom are former Jackets.
If familiarity truly does breed contempt, we’re bound to see some interesting fireworks between these two franchises moving forward. For the time being though, Nash will have to wait for his return to where his career began and blossomed.