Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
Rick Nash "feeling better" skates, talks
Out since Oct. 8, when he was concussed by a high hit from defenseman Brad Stuart, Rick Nash skated with two goalies and Dominic Moore prior to practice at the MSG Training Center today.
I had a personal day today but Newsday's Anthony Rieber was there and will have a full account, so watch for it on newsday.com
In short, Nash said he had been feeling better for a few days, was "inching forward" and had no timetable for a return. Team said the same. I can't provide an estimate either given the nature of concussions, because he hasn't skated much, practiced or taken any contact. He admitted that he is not in condition, and if there's a setback, well, all bets are off.
Nash has been free of headaches for several days (never had nausea), and plans to skate again Sunday.
Still, it is a measure of progress for the team's leading goal-scorer last season, considering that the team has been tight-lipped about his status, which raised concerns that he would miss much more time.
But, as I pointed out last week, he never was placed on long-term injured reserve, which required him missing at least 10 games.
Nash, the former Blue Jacket who has scored 30 or more goals seven times, had three assists before the injury, for which Stuart was suspended two games.
On the negative front, Taylor Pyatt, who left Thursday's game after a hit from Fedor Tyutin, was "concussed", the team said, and did not practice.