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Nash To Be "Shut Down" Another Week

by Jim Cerny / New York Rangers

It was not surprising news, but it wasn't the best of news either head coach Alain Vigneault delivered following the team's practice Saturday afternoon at the MSG Training Center.

Rick Nash, who has already missed eight straight games due to a bad bone bruise in his leg, is going to be held off the ice for another week due to the pain he is experiencing. Vigneault said that officially Nash is now considered out on a week-to-week basis as opposed to day-to-day.

"The bone bruise is just taking longer than we expected to heal," stated Vigneault. "Last week I told you he was shut down for like five days, well now they (the medical staff) are going to shut him down for another week. He's still having issues walking."

The head coach again reconfirmed that there is no break or fracture, just a very deep bone bruise, making it difficult to determine exactly how long Nash will be sidelined.

"He's had all the CT scans, all the MRIs, all the things you can have, there's no fracture, it's just a deep bone bruise that's painful and it's taken a lot of time," said Vigneault.

Nash has appeared in 45 of the team's 55 games so far this season. He is still the Rangers third leading scorer with 33 points, and is third with 21 assists and fourth with 12 goals.

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