GREENBURGH, N.Y. - -- You didn't have to ask Rick Nash how he was feeling Saturday. All you had to do was notice the smile.
Nash was grinning ear-to- ear in the Rangers' dressing room as he spoke about finally being cleared to skate more than a month after suffering a concussion on an Oct. 8 hit by the Sharks' Brad Stuart.
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"It's good to be back and be around the guys and see them, for sure," Nash said. "There's definitely been good days and bad days over the last four weeks. It would make a couple of steps forward, then step back. I strung together a good three or four days and it's been all positive since then."
Nash said the headaches that have plagued him since the hit have gone away. Teammates noticed a change this past week when Nash showed up at the rink for a team photo. On Saturday, he skated and shot some pucks before the Rangers practiced in preparation for Sunday night's home game against the Florida Panthers.
"It was fun to see him the other day," goalie Henrik Lundqvist said. "That's the main thing -- we're just happy to see him do better. Today he was out shooting pucks. That was fun as well. You don't want to push him to get back too fast. You want to make sure you take your time here for him to feel really good about himself mentally and physically before he starts playing. But it's definitely a good sign to see him here."
Nash missed four games last season with a concussion. He has missed 13 this season and has no timetable for a return to full practice, let alone game action.
"Last year, it was pretty quick," Nash said. "I only missed four games and I was back. This year, the symptoms just held on. It seemed like I just couldn't shake them for a while. It was definitely a lot different than last year. Hopefully, tonight goes well and I skate again tomorrow and just inch forward. I can't pick a date and say next week or the end of this week or whatever it might be. I think it's just important for each day to do a bit more and hopefully the symptoms stay away."
Unfortunately for the Rangers, a new player is out indefinitely with a concussion. Coach Alain Vigneault confirmed that Taylor Pyatt suffered the injury Thursday when he was elbowed by Fedor Tyutin of the Blue Jackets.