Here’s the thing about New York — the people here don’t care how much money their professional athletes get paid. Unlike so many other spots across the landscape, no one obsesses over the size of a player’s paycheck. This isn’t, for instance, Canada, where resentment abounds. There is, of course, one caveat. Nobody cares as long as an athlete puts in an honest day’s work for his honest day’s dollar. It’s not necessarily about production, it’s about effort. That is what matters here. That is the bottom line here. This is why there hadn’t even been a murmur of discontent uttered about Rick Nash, who had scored only two goals in his first 10 games wearing the Blueshirt after being acquired from Columbus in the off-season at the cost of four assets, including popular Bluebloods Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov and, dare we mention, a massive $7.8 million cap hit on a contract that runs through 2017-18. If it is clear we’ve yet to see the full kaleidoscope of Nash’s imposing game, it is equally clear that lack of production hasn’t been for a lack of trying. The winger has been involved, he has been on the puck, he has been recording shots at a rate historically consistent with his first nine years in the NHL and he has been defensively responsible. Last night, Nash completed the scoring in the Rangers’ 5-1 Garden victory over the Lightning, whipping a left wing two-on-one drive past Anders Lindback with just nine seconds to play. But his third goal of the season did not define the night any more than his stats defined his first three weeks as a Ranger. Rather, the night was defined by the combination power/finesse move on the game’s very first shift, when the winger accepted a feed at the right hash marks and wheeled to the top between the circles, firing a wrist shot that banked in off Carl Hagelin at 0:31.
Serving up bangers and Nash
New York Post | Feb 11