The latest New York Ranger was engulfed by two semicircles of reporters and television cameras on Wednesday.
And it's only July.
Welcome to New York, Rick Nash.
Nash, acquired from Columbus Monday in the offseason's most important trade, met with reporters at the Rangers training facility two days after the deal, as he tried to get acclimated to his new surroundings.
It won't be easy. Nash, the Blue Jackets' all-time leader in 16 categories, has been to the postseason only once in his career, and now joins a team with aspirations of the Stanley Cup.
''I don't think it's all digested just yet,'' Nash said. ''It's been a bit crazy. I'm excited. I'm excited to meet all the staff here, all the people and some of the players. Just kind of look forward to training camp.''
The Rangers were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last season, and advanced to the third round before falling to New Jersey. They hope to get over the top next season, and with Nash, they have a better chance.