Although four current Rangers will have a homecoming of sorts in Columbus on Thursday night, Rick Nash, the former Blue Jackets captain and highest-profile player in the trades between the clubs, will not be there.
Nash suffered a concussion Oct. 8 in San Jose on a high hit from defenseman Brad Stuart (he was suspended for two games) and missed his 12th straight game Wednesday night.
The team has been tight-lipped about the status of Nash, who scored 30 or more goals seven times with the Jackets and 21 last year with the Rangers and remains on injured reserve. A team spokesman Wednesday said "nothing" was new.
Nash was at the team's practice complex in Westchester Tuesday for a team photo but did not skate.
It is believed, as reported by Sportsnet's John Shannon, that Nash has met with Dr. Jeffrey Scott Kutcher, a head injury and concussion expert in Michigan who has worked with NHL players, including Sidney Crosby.
Crosby said Wednesday that he texted Nash shortly after he was knocked out of the San Jose game. Nash, according to the team, did not visit specialist Dr. Ted Carrick, in Marietta, Ga., who helped Crosby recover from a concussion in 2011. Nash's agent, Joe Resnick, did not return an email asking for an update on Nash's condition.
"It would be nice for Rick to be there for the first time, for the fans to see him again," Derick Brassard said. "I just hope he's going to be healthy really soon, the team needs him, he's our best offensive player. It's pretty disappointing for him not to make the trip."
Brassard, Derek Dorsett, John Moore and Anton Stralman are former Jackets. The ex-Rangers on the Jackets include Marian Gaborik, Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, who played on a line together in their last game.
Moore making progress
Center Dominic Moore, who strained his oblique muscle on a faceoff against the Islanders on Oct. 29, was on the ice alone before the morning skate and declared "progress."
Moore, who was expected to be out seven to 10 days, said, "I've got to keep ramping it up little by little."