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Rangers Winger Rick Nash Finally Begins Skating, Faces Long Road Back

Vigneault Encouraged By Nash's Progress, Still No Timetable For Return
Rick Nash of the Rangers (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rick Nash of the Rangers (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – On Saturday, Rangers winger Rick Nash skated for the first time since suffering a concussion on October 8 in San Jose.

“To see him on the ice and skating and feeling good is a real positive sign for us,” head coach Alain Vigneault told reporters.

Nash did not skate with the rest of the Rangers. He and center Dominic Moore skated with goaltenders Henrik Lundqvist and Cam Talbot before full practice began.

The 29-year-old winger had zero goals and 3 assists in 4 games before the injury. Nash has been watching the Rangers closely and is impressed by their play of late.

“It’s tough when they take away the thing you love,” Nash told reporters. “But it’s been fun watching the guys lately, playing really well.”

Nash told Andrew Gross of the Record that he’s been “symptom free” two days.

Rangers general manager Glen Sather believes Nash is far away from returning to the Blueshirts’ lineup. Sather did not mention a specific timetable.

“He’s on the road to recovery,” Sather told reporters. “He’s skating, but he’s got a ways to go with his conditioning.”

Rangers fans are hoping that Nash will return to game condition sooner, rather than later.

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