New York Rangers star wing Rick Nash was on the ice for Tuesday's practice at the MSG Training Center, making it the first time he was on the ice with his teammates since a Feb 17 win over the Washington Capitals.
He has missed three games with an undisclosed injury, ranging from a possible concussion, a shoulder issue and even a shoulder problem.
Whatever was wrong with him, this was an important step for Nash to return to game action. The 28-year-old isn't expected to play tonight against the Winnipeg Jets, but said getting on the ice with his teammates was an important step on the road to recovery.
"I feel better, and it's a positive day for sure when you get back out and skate with the guys," Nash said. "I don't know about tonight, obviously I have to talk to the trainers, but it's definitely a good day. After last week and today it's definitely heading in the right direction which is a big positive."
In practice, Nash skated in a normal forward's jersey meaning he was cleared for contact. He said that he skated on his own last week, but was relieved to finally be on the ice with teammates.
After practice, he was the lone skater on the ice as he practiced shooting the puck on backup goaltender Martin Biron and worked on his puck skills.
He cleverly side stepped the direct question of whether or not he's missed time due to a concussion.
"I'm not a doctor, so it's tough for me to analyze that," he said. "But, it wasn't something where I could look at myself and say I had that issue. That's up for the doctors to decide."
Nash leads the team in scoring with 12 points, and the Rangers have scored just three goals in the three games he's missed (0-2-1).Tags: Hockey, Martin Biron, New York, New York Rangers, NHL, Rick Nash, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets