Nash: ‘It’s not a good thing when you can’t help your team win’


The New York Rangers aren’t out of their first-round series against the Washington Capitals, but with their opponents up 3-2, the finger-pointing is starting. One obvious scapegoat could be Rick Nash.

Despite signs of effort (particularly 19 shots on goal), Nash has zero goals and one assist in these five playoff games. The 28-year-old forward seemed upset – but maybe not frustrated – while discussing his struggles with Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record.

“I don’t know if it’s frustration but it’s not a good thing when you can’t help your team win,” Nash said.

If people are blaming Nash for his inability to make difference, they’re not airing those grievances in public. For example: head coach John Tortorella refused to critique players such as Nash after the game.

This isn’t Nash’s first career postseason experience, yet it might be the first time he’s been on a team with high expectations. If things don’t change, many of the same questions will remain about the talented power forward.

Another Sabre hurt: Gionta (lower body) day-to-day

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On the eve of their season opener, the Buffalo Sabres got another bit of bad health news.

Captain Brian Gionta missed practice and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, per head coach Dan Bylsma. The ailment puts the 36-year-old’s availability for Thursday’s game against Ottawa in jeopardy.

The ailment also puts Gionta alongside a slew of hurting Sabres. Defensemen Zach Bogosian and Josh Gorges were on the injured list when Buffalo’ roster was released this morning, along with rookie Brendan Guhle and veteran Cody McCormick.

There is a bright light for Buffalo, however.

Gorges skated on Wednesday and could possibly dress tomorrow, per Bylsma. If he does play, it’ll likely be on a pairing with Rasmus Ristolainen.

Blues put Berglund on LTIR, use savings to sign Gomez

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As was the case last season, Scott Gomez accepted a professional tryout offer because he went unsigned over the summer and once again he has used that opportunity to extend his career.

The St. Louis Blues announced that they have signed Gomez to a one-year contract. They didn’t disclose the financial terms, but it’s a two-way deal that comes with a base salary of $575K at the NHL level, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford.

In order to free up the space necessary to sign him, St. Louis moved Patrik Berglund to the long-term injured reserve list. Berglund had shoulder surgery in August and isn’t expected to be available until January.

Gomez, 35, is coming off of a resurgence campaign where he recorded 34 points in 58 games on a Devils’ team that finished near the bottom of the pack offensively. The two-time Stanley Cup champion will be bringing more than a 1,000 games worth of NHL experience to St. Louis.

He’s not the only veteran forward to make the team off of a PTO as the Blues signed Scottie Upshall on Monday.