Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/15/13
Monday was a tough day for the Rangers and they didn’t even play a game. Coach Alain Vigneault said after practice in Greenburgh that right wing Rick Nash “is still feeling some symptoms” from Tuesday’s concussion in San Jose and the team placed Nash on injured reserve. “Until I hear otherwise I don’t expect him back” Vigneault said. Nash has missed two games already during the three-game losing streak that the Rangers (1-4-0) carry down to Washington D.C. on Wednesday. By rule Nash could come off injured reserve as early as Wednesday but his condition will prevent it. This is Nash’s second concussion in eight months including last season’s Feb. 12 injury in Boston. On top of that bad news the organization placed goalie Martin Biron and right wing Arron Asham on waivers. Biron’s departure was emotional for the veteran goaltender and his teammates given his significance to the locker room and his role in the team’s 2011-12 success. “It’s not a good feeling” said Henrik Lundqvist who won a Vezina Trophy in tandem with Biron two seasons ago. “We’ve been working together for a few years. It’s just a great relationship. I don’t know what’s gonna happen. Right now I have to focus on my own game but we really get along well. It’s not fun to hear but it’s a part of the game.” Vigneault and GM Glen Sather were set to convene Monday afternoon to discuss potential call-ups. By placing Nash on injured reserve they freed room to add three players if they wish. They are expected to select goalie Cam Talbot and two forwards from the group of J.T. Miller Chris Kreider Danny Kristo and Marek Hrivik. Biron 36 said he had an “inclination” being waived was a possibility after being pulled in St. Louis Saturday following two periods. He intimated that Vigneault had told him before facing the Blues that something was “on the line” that night. But he said in the second period when he gave up three goals on five shots: “We were in a position where I could make a couple of saves and we’d be on top and I didn’t.”
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