Rick Nash Retires/Appreciation thread

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  1. JKinCLE

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    Thread is basically what the title says... comment on retirement, memories and his legacy as the Jackets first star player.

    My first ever favorite player. I truly thought he'd be back this year with us as a swan song. I wonder in what role the CBJ will hire Nasher?

    Thanks for everything #61. Including turning heel. That was fun.
     
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    Good for Rick, it's not worth it. One of my favorite players of all time.

     
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    Columbus Blue Jackets clinch their first-ever NHL playoff spot - TheHockeyNews

     
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    Damn, really wanted to see him play for CBJ again - but he has to look after himself, so all the best to him.
     
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    Viqsi where we're going we don't need draft picks

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    There are many things that I will never forgive Doug MacLean for. Wasting the best years of Nash's career is just one of many.

    Wish he could have come home to a better team, but health comes first. Hopefully all will be well for him going forward.
     
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    Here's to hoping that Big Sexy has a healthy retirement.

    Those head injuries are no joke
     
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    If he's available sign him to a one day contract and have him retire as a Jacket. Honor him on the ice Sunday when the Rangers are in town. The perfect time to pay tribute to the CBJ's first great player.
     
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    One of the best goals ever, I mean ever. Remember that he was in the box and came out with 30 seconds left after putting his team down a man in a tie game, then comes out of the box and does that. Holy moly is right! If this goal had been scored by Ovi or Crosby it would be replayed on national telecasts on a regular basis (similar to Ovi scoring from his back), but it was Nash on CBJ so not much love. Again one of the best goals ever scored.
    Seems like yesterday we walked in Nationwide and little 18yo Rick Nash was sitting at a table at the end of his autograph session and nobody was there. As we were leaving my wife said that he is just a kid. She was right and now he is 34 (old man haha) and retiring. I never liked the way he left Cbus but he seemed like a good kid. Best of luck to you Rick.
     
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    The reason I'm a Columbus fan. I was hoping he would make 1 more return but health is more important so I'm glad that he's doing what's best for him and his family. Met him a couple of times when he and the Blue Jackets were in Vancouver. Forever grateful when he gave me his stick and signed it. It's a shame he didn't get a Stanley Cup but at least he got Olympic Gold. Would be nice if his number got retired some day.
     
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    When he was on he was great. Unfortunately I think the repeated disappointments of Jacket seasons wore on him and forced him to go. Hopefully he is getting out in time to prevent serious long term brain damage. Best of luck to him.
     
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    Our first great player. Thank you, Rick.
     
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    Sucks to see him go out this way. Everyone deserves to go out on their own terms with one last run, rather than health getting in the way.
     
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    I'm disappointed, I thought we'd see him dress up at least a few more times in a CBJ jersey before he retired. My hope is that he signs a 1 day contract and retires a Blue Jacket. I wish we had a chance to see him suit up for the team we have now considering the teams he had to endure here in the past.
     
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    I've posted this here before but not for many years.

    I had spent a few days with some old friends in the Fredericksburg area in Virginia in June of 2002. I was driving home on Saturday and found a broadcast of the NHL draft on the radio (I know!) out of DC. When the hosts announced that the Jackets had traded for the number one pick, I cheered! I knew it was to draft Nash, and I was certain he was exactly the player the Jackets needed.

    (As an aside, later in the drive, I got stuck for almost two hours on the PA Turnpike - accident in one of the tunnels. People out of their cars catching football and frisbee, having conversations with complete strangers. It was at this time I heard on the radio that Cardinals pitcher Daryl Kile died. I don't really follow baseball and surely not the Cardinals, but I guess the weird setting made it memorable. So I always have had this weird association with Rick Nash and Daryl Kile.)
     
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    Best wishes Rick! Get well and hopefully we can see you around NWA soon.
     
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    As said previously, he was the first great Blue Jacket. I never held any animosity about his trade request; the team wasn't in a position then to capitalize on what he brought. Having always maintained a good feeling about him, I'm actually glad he didn't sign with us this year as I'd prefer the memories of power forward Nash, a true horse who could cycle with opponents riding him while carrying the puck to net for another goal.
     
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    He did ask out, and I did have open hatred for him the first few times he came with NYR. I cheered at his dust-ups with Calvert and Bob. But time seems to have softened my overall take on him.
     
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    That is exactly how I felt/feel. Loved Nash and was hurt when he left. Booed him in his first game back, but those games were fun as hell.
     
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    Not how you want to hang up the skates, hopefully he’s not having day to day symptoms. Was hoping we’d get the farewell tour, thanks for your time Rick, always my favorite Jacket
     
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    My childhood hero. Thank you, Nasher!
     
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    Love Nasher. Sorry to see him hang them up but glad to see him make this call for the future. Can’t wait to see his number in the rafters - you know it’s coming and he absolutely deserves it within the context of his history with the team.
     
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    Most prolific scorer in his draft class by far.

    Hope that the PCS isn't debilitating long term.
     

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