When is it time to call it quits? That is one question that is haunting veteran winger Rick Nash, who has yet to commit to playing next season as he told interested teams he was not planning on signing anywhere on July 1. Ever since his agent Joe Resnick has revealed that Nash is undecided about his playing future, no one is sure on what the veteran forward will do next.
According to NHL.com's Dan Rosen, it remains too soon to tell what Nash will do next. However, there might be a stunning move in the works for the veteran player.
Nash reportedly remains undecided about playing next season. Rosen notes that Nash's concussion history is playing heavy on his mind.
"Health is one factor. Nash has a history with concussions, most recently the one he sustained late last season after the Boston Bruins acquired him in a trade with the New York Rangers. It cost Nash the final 12 games of the regular season before he returned to play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs."
The thought of a diminishing health has become scarier even since Nash and his wife Jessica started a family; they have two young children and a third on the way. The trade that sent him from the New York Rangers to the Boston Bruins at the February's deadline also played heavily on his family, who loved life as New Yorkers while living in Columbus in the offseason.
For a while, there was chatter that Nash was looking to sign with the Blue Jackets and return to where it all started back in 2002 when he was the first overall pick of Columbus. While Nash has yet to decide what to do next with his NHL career, Rosen believes the veteran player will return with a stunning move next season:
"My guess is Nash sits out the first part of the season, gets the itch to play and returns much in the way Mats Sundin did with the Vancouver Canucks three months into the 2008-09 season. Sundin was an unrestricted free agent who sat out the beginning of the season contemplating retirement. He signed a one-year contract with the Canucks on Dec. 18, 2008 and made his debut Jan. 7, 2009. Sundin retired after that season."
In 1,060 regular-season games with the Blue Jackets, Rangers and Bruins, Nash has 437 goals and 368 assists for 805 points. He led the league with 41 goals in 2003-04, scored a career-high 42 in 2014-15 and eight times put up 30 or more.
Let's see if he surprises all of us next season.