Should the New York Rangers Trade Rick Nash?

New York Rangers' Rick Nash (61) watches a shot get past New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The New York Rangers are struggling. Their season has gone completely downhill, considering the fact that last year, this team made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Finals and even led the league as the President’s Trophy winners.

The team needs help at the Feb. 29 deadline. It is obviously, painfully so. Therefore, they need to make some changes to the lineup. To get one of many of the stars lighting up the market, including Jonathan Drouin, Kevin Shattenkirk and Andrew Ladd, they will need to offer up some of their own arsenal. So, that being said, should the team Rick Nash?

For eight NHL seasons, Nash has managed to score at least 30 goals. He was the first overall pick in 2002, and spent most of his career with the Blue Jackets. Now, the Rangers have him on the roster after trading for him a few years ago. However, those numbers are fading along with his greatness.

Through 45 games, he has only scored 12 goals. He is struggling to find twine; however, he has 33 points on the season with 21 assists.

So, with the question asking if the team should trade Nash away, I’m going to say it. No.

The team needs Nash. He is a high-scoring forward who has gone through a bit of a slump, but will soon rebound and ignite an offensive explosion. However, it is not just for his offensive ability; it is for the leadership.

Nash provides leadership in the locker room,e even when he’s going through a tough time. He knows how to be a positive voice, one that is optimistic and inspires other players to work hard to win.

“You keep working,” Nash said. “When you’re not scoring, you try to bring success to your teammates, stay positive and do what you can in every other aspect.”

With the attitude that he brings to the rink, I wouldn’t trade him away. That is losing a valuable piece that you gave so much up for in the first place. So, for all of you saying that Nash should be traded for Drouin, consider this.

Nash has proven himself capable of producing each season, exemplifies responsibility, maturity and leadership and is a great offensive winger. Drouin’s situation has pointed to various behavioral issues, tension and one proven NHL season, where he had four goals and 28 assists.

It is not a matter of proving himself worthy of remaining on the roster. Nash knows that it’s not a one-man team, and that is why he should stick around.

“You want to come back together,” Nash said. “You need all five men on the ice to have success.”

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