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Is New York tough enough to protect Nash?

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07:36 AM ET 11.19 | Rick Nash could very well return to the lineup against the Bruins on Tuesday (or Dallas Thursday), but Rangers fans can hope Milan Lucic is kept somehow at bay provided it's against Boston. When No. 61 does return to the ice, his teammates must play with the collective mentality that a blow delivered against Nash is tantamount to a strike against the Rangers' franchise itself, and will be dealt with immediately. ... [The] Rangers cannot allow this sort of thing to happen again. They cannot allow their franchise forward to be abused. ... I am not suggesting the Blueshirts hire a goon or a headhunter to ride shotgun for Nash, who likely would recoil at the suggestion he requires special protection. But he does. Indeed, there are 7.8 million reasons a year for that; 7.8 million reasons for general manager Glen Sather to fortify the roster.

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November 19, 2013  07:39 AM ET

Spiny....does the Post still make the best bird cage lining?

November 19, 2013  08:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Spiny....does the Post still make the best bird cage lining?

Resilient... absorbent... big letters...


I would certainly think so.

November 19, 2013  08:14 AM ET

Top of my list - softest big guys in professional sports. He needs to get a bit angry and protect himself.

November 19, 2013  08:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Top of my list - softest big guys in professional sports. He needs to get a bit angry and protect himself.

Needs to be a little more John Ferguson and a little less Jean Beliveau

November 19, 2013  08:23 AM ET

Is New York tough enough to protect Nash?


Are talking about the city or the team?

November 19, 2013  08:24 AM ET

I am not suggesting the Blueshirts hire a goon or a headhunter to ride shotgun for Nash, who likely would recoil at the suggestion he requires special protection. But he does.



Exactly what they need...another Boogaard-like player wasting a roster spot!

November 19, 2013  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Needs to be a little more John Ferguson and a little less Jean Beliveau

I was thinking more like Eric Lindros (without his father). I saw him play as a 15 year old against 19 & 20 yo players and dominating physically. Too bad he ended up being a head case - literally and figuratively.

November 19, 2013  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Needs to be a little more John Ferguson and a little less Jean Beliveau

agree 100%

November 19, 2013  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Spiny....does the Post still make the best bird cage lining?

it depends on how much you like your bird I suppose.

November 19, 2013  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Top of my list - softest big guys in professional sports. He needs to get a bit angry and protect himself.

when he first got here, he was throwing himself around a bit, but I do wish he'd play to his size.

November 19, 2013  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Top of my list - softest big guys in professional sports. He needs to get a bit angry and protect himself.

I just looked it up. The man in 6' 4" and is listed as 213. Why in the world can't he protect himself?

November 19, 2013  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I just looked it up. The man in 6' 4" and is listed as 213. Why in the world can't he protect himself?

Size isn't everything.

November 19, 2013  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Size isn't everything.

Bite you're tongue!

November 19, 2013  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I just looked it up. The man in 6' 4" and is listed as 213. Why in the world can't he protect himself?

That was my initial thought. Then again, it is the NY Post.

November 19, 2013  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

That was my initial thought. Then again, it is the NY Post.

right, the NYPOST is to journalism what...nevermind....too easy

November 19, 2013  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Size isn't everything.

That's not what she said.

November 19, 2013  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I am not suggesting the Blueshirts hire a goon or a headhunter to ride shotgun for Nash, who likely would recoil at the suggestion he requires special protection. But he does. Exactly what they need...another Boogaard-like player wasting a roster spot!

Why not? It's worked so well for the Flyers. Oh...wait.

November 19, 2013  10:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I am not suggesting the Blueshirts hire a goon or a headhunter to ride shotgun for Nash, who likely would recoil at the suggestion he requires special protection. But he does. Exactly what they need...another Boogaard-like player wasting a roster spot!

Really. Nash isn't ''The Great One'' or even the 'pretty good one' in NY.

November 19, 2013  10:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Is New York tough enough to protect Nash?

If, at 6' 4" and 213 pounds, Rick Nash isn't tough enough to protect himself .... who else on the Rangers will?

 
November 19, 2013  12:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I just looked it up. The man in 6' 4" and is listed as 213. Why in the world can't he protect himself?

Has something to do with character, heart, mental toughness, and a desire to be great. He's never had to really work hard to get where he's at (I suspect). Take a guy like Theo Fleury (without the personal demons) and put him into Nash's body - now you'd have something.

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