GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Rick Nash has played right wing for most of his career and has said he's more comfortable there. Early in training camp, however, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault, in search of different looks, is trying the power forward on the left side.
"I've got no problem with that," Nash told reporters Friday. "I started out as a left winger and switched over after a few years . . . I don't mind either side. I think if I spent a month on the left wing, it would all come back to me, but definitely the right feels more normal right now."
Nash, who scored 26 goals and 39 points in 65 games last season and struggled in the playoffs with just three goals in 25 games, skated Friday with former Columbus teammate Derick Brassard and prospect Anthony Duclair during drills at the MSG Training Center.
The 6-4 forward missed 17 games last season after an Oct. 8 concussion. He played the right side with center Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider last season, but it's possible that Martin St. Louis, acquired from the Lightning last March, could start the season as the club's No. 1 right wing.
When he arrived from Tampa, St. Louis was paired with longtime friend Brad Richards, who was bought out after the season and is now in Chicago. St. Louis skated some drills with Stepan and Kreider in a different group.
The 30-year-old Nash, who shoots left, is coming into his 12th NHL season and has scored 30 or more goals seven times.
Switching things up is "important, it keeps things fresh," he said. "Whatever happened last year doesn't matter. It's about gaining new trust, new roles and new chemistry."
Advancing to the Stanley Cup Final in only his third postseason, Nash said: "I think the experience made us all better as players on and off the ice . . . But after that, it's a fresh start for everybody."