Rumors have been swirling about Rick Nash (concussion) skating recently, and now, Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that the Rangers All-Star winger has skated on his own periodically at the club’s training facility, but there is no expectation of an imminent return.
Meanwhile, Katie Strang at ESPN.com adds that Nash has rarely been seen around the team, but confirms Brooks' report that the forward has performed some intermittent physical activity at the training center and “continues to do so.”
…listen, I'm sure there were times when Sauer skated on his own post concussion, so I'm not ready to declare him on the mend just yet, but this news is much better than hearing he's still huddled in the corner of a dark room.
…if the Rangers can follow-up last night's offensive explosion with another spirited effort in Columbus tonight, you have to assume Sather may decide to pull back on any potential trade talks he's been exploring to possibly fill-in for Nash. Which would be music to my ears considering some of the insane trade rumors that have been floating around here recently.
On a related note, Edmonton Oiler brass were in attendance at MSG for the second straight game last night.
Yesterday, Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins squashed all the Nail Yakupov to the Rangers rumors by telling the media that the team had no intentions of trading the 2012 first overall pick.
The Oilers are said to be pushing to trade Ales Hemsky, who is on the final year of a contract worth a $5 million cap charge.
…just because the Rangers scored five goals against the Penguins last night doesn't mean this team isn't going to continue to be maddeningly inconsistent on offense, but having said that, the players the Oilers are making available, are likely not to help the Rangers. PASS!