The 2017-18 NHL season saw Rick Nash put up the lowest point total of his career (34). With Nash due to be a free agent, only scoring 34 points in his contract year wasn’t ideal.
Back in 2010, Nash signed his big contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets: 8 years/$62,400,000.
The B’s have a lot of big contracts, as well as many young guys who will be deserving of them in the coming years. Nash only began dawning the spoked-B in February and contributed six points in 11 regular season games and five points in 12 playoff games.
Not exactly must-have numbers.
In the latest Bruins Beat, host Jimmy Murphy was joined by NESN and NHL Network analyst Billy Jaffe to discuss the offseason. One of the main topics that came up was if re-signing Nash was a top priority.
“I had hoped that Rick would be a bonafide second line right-winger,” exclaimed Jaffe. “But now I don’t know. I think he’s probably at best a second-liner but more a third-liner.”
When healthy, Nash was a right-winger alongside David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk on the second line.
“If he wants four, five, six million, I don’t see him coming back,” Jaffe said.
When Murph brought up the idea of a general manager wanting to overpay for Nash and forcing the Bruins’ hand, Jaffe totally dismissed the idea, stating that he wouldn’t care and that it’s not the end of the world.
“If there’s a GM that has a need and that team fits that player’s need, so what?” asked Jaffe.
From the sounds of that, Jaffe sure doesn’t rank Nash as a top priority. Jaffe did lay out what Nash would most likely do for the Bruins if they did bring him back.
“Nash could ride the elevator,” began Jaffe. “Some games he plays first line and some he’s on the third. He’s up and down and he produces.”
Nash is definitely no longer a 40-goals-a-year player and his career is obviously on the back nine. He could work on this team next season, but the Bruins can’t overpay for him.
As Jaffe said, anything more than three million is too much.