Much scrutinized was the selection of New York Rangers forward Rick Nash to Team Canada’s Olympic roster for Sochi next month. Many people cried out for Flyers forward Claude Giroux or Lightning superstar Martin St. Louis to be chosen over the Rangers star.
Claude Giroux and the Flyers got off to a slow start this year that most likely cost him a spot on Team Canada. Regardless, I’ve never bought into the whole ‘Giroux is better than Crosby’ thing. It was always quite funny to me. In Marty’s case it ran a bit more personal. Not only was he snubbed in what’s likely to be his last chance at the Olympics, but he was snubbed by his own GM. How’s that morning hello going to go? Awkward.
It comes down to size for the Rick Nash decision. Nash is going over to Sochi to be a force in front of the net and to bang bodies around. He’s going to fill the role that Milan Lucic would have filled, only Nash has beauty hands and can skate a thousand times better. This was a role filling decision by Steve Yzerman and Nash fit the role. St. Louis and Giroux didn’t fit into the top six forward group, essentially rendering them useless to Yzerman and company.
Since the night before the selection to Team Canada it’s been getting Nash-ty on Broadway.
Nash has amassed 9 points in his last nine games, all of them goals, after starting the year with 16 points (7 goals) in 26 games. Call it catching your stride, call it motivation or call it coincidence, the undeniable fact is that Rick Nash is playing great hockey right now. He’s playing the type of hockey that we all know Rick Nash can play, and that’s a big bodied, fast, snipe-show display of stardom.
Oh, and the Rangers are 6-2-1 over those games.
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