Rick Nash is making positive progress for the New York Rangers, and has skated for two consecutive days now. The electric forward is still working his way back from a concussion that was sustained on October 8 at the hands of Brad Stuart. The Rangers were playing the San Jose Sharks at that point, and Nash hasn’t played in a game or taken practice since.
There were some worrisome reports circulating last week, but they conflicted directly with some more positive news for Nash: that he’d been skating at New York’s practice facility.
The “Nash has a long-term, career-threatening concussion” chatter appears to have died down now, and should be put to bed immediately now that the forward has officially been seen out on the ice taking some laps. Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reported on Nash this morning:
Rick Nash (concussion symptoms) continued skating Sunday morning in Greenburgh as he rehabilitates from his Oct. 8 head injury, which kept him off the ice for the last four-plus weeks. Nash took the ice for a second straight day, along with injured center Dominic Moore (strained oblique).
While there’s still no timetable for Nash’s return, the conversation we can have at this point is certainly more positive than where things seemed to be headed at this time last week. With the Rangers working their way up the standings and recovering from an early-season slump, getting Nash back at any juncture any time soon would be a massive boost for the Blueshirts.