The highlight of the Rangers off-season was the acquisition of All Star winger Rick Nash, who subsequently has had to wait patiently for his first training camp and season with the Blueshirts to commence.
Well the wait for Nash---not to mention the Blueshirts Faithful---is just about over and excitement abounds from all corners.
"As anxious as he is, I am twice that to have the opportunity to work with him," head coach John Tortorella said of Nash earlier this week.
Now it's Torts' job to figure out where the seven-time 30+-goal scorer fits in the mix. Does he load up the top line with Nash, Brad Richards, and Marian Gaborik---that would be just under 2,000 career points combined for that threesome? Or does it make sense to break those three veterans up and balance out the top two lines---have Nash on one line and Gaborik on another---so that opposing coaches muct pick their poison when deciding against whom to deploy their top defensive pairings?
Tasty choices, for sure, for Coach Tortorella. Almost a no-lose choice really.
When training camp does begin Tortorella will mix and match line combinations---which likely will carry over into the regular season, too. But the thought here is that in the end Torts will balance his two lines, maybe skate Nash and Richards together along with Ryan Callahan, or one of the speedy youngsters, Carl Hagelin or Crhis Kreider, while teaming Gaborik with Derek Stepan and either Callahan or one of the kids.
The other intriguing decision Torts will have to make---and training camp won't provide the final answer---is how his two power play units will shape up, in particular with his three star forwards Nash, Gaborik, and Richards.
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