Because NHL players don’t have nearly enough money, they have to go to Europe to play during their work stoppage. And, hence, put at risk their health, forgetting — despite being locked out — that they are first and foremost responsible to their teams and the fans of said teams.
So Rick Nash hurt his shoulder yesterday (here’s Andrew Gross’s blog post on it). The internet, which never features bad info, had it as a concussion. Wrong. Apparently.
We don’t yet know the severity of Nash’s shoulder injury. IMO, though, a guy being paid $7.8M on his contract — even if he’s not being paid it currently — needs to be a little more indebted to the team to which he is signed. That, in this case, is the Rangers.
Maybe that’s twisted logic, and players will surely disagree with me. But Nash hasn’t yet lost a Rangers paycheck, and now the Rangers may have lost him. How’s that work?