Is Rick Nash the bridge to get the New York Rangers to the Stanley Cup? (See what I did there?)
I’ll come right out and say it….NO.
Do I think he’ll be a Ranger? Yeah, probably.
Here’s what I think. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this Ranger team is very special. I think they have a pretty good shot of going very far in the playoffs without him. I also think they have a pretty good shot of going very far in the playoffs with him.
The Rangers are not one guy away from being world beaters. THEY ALREADY FUCKING ARE! Take a look: number one in the Eastern Conference by a lot. Dominating rivals like the Flyers and winning critical games they should be winning against the Bruins. There are games like the other night where they just looked severely overmatched, against the Penguins. Take a look though: they’re the Penguins, not a bad team, with one of the league’s top scorers in Evgeni Malkin scoring a goal against Henke. SHIT HAPPENS.
My point is this: the Rangers have been beating the teams they’re supposed to beat this whole season, there have been some shitty games they should have won but did not, but that’s cool. That happens to teams who do well. The team has formed some chemistry and seem to really enjoy playing together and feeding off each others energy.
I can’t say that Nash will change the dynamic either way. They’ll stay pretty much the same. My philosophy is that if the Rangers don’t have to give up much to get him, I say, why not? The deal though is more of a “let’s keep him away from Philadelphia” than “we need him to win the Cup.”
We’re doing just fine with Gabby, Henke, Cally and the rest of the gang. Nash will just be ornamental. But either way, it will be fine.