Rick Nash believes he is playing for his job as a member of the New York Rangers.
After Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault hinted at potential roster moves earlier this week during a media scrum, Nash has now also indicated that he believes there are some faces that will be changing sooner rather than later.
“For me, as I get to the tail end of my career, especially after the year I had last year, I have to show I belong on this team,” Nash said as per Newsday's Steve Zipay. “I can’t speak for other guys, but I truly feel that way. You look at the numbers and you have so many forwards, you know there’s going to be big moves that are going to be made."
Nash's name has often come in trade rumors this summer so it's not particularly surprising he believes a move is possible, but it's interesting to hear him be so forthcoming. It doesn't sound like he would be particularly happy about being traded either, and while he does have a no-trade clause it is limited, he would be required to submit a list of 12 teams he could be traded to.
"For me, I want to be a Ranger, I want to be in New York, so that’s all I’m worried about.”
Whether Nash is traded or not it certainly sounds based on the comments he made as well as those from Alain Vigneault that change is coming to the Rangers. The ultimate irony of course would be if Nash's success this season drove up his value to a point where the Rangers felt a trade was their best option.