Reports have surfaced early this morning that 34-year-old Rick Nash is set to announce his retirement from the NHL.
Per source, Rick Nash is going to send in his paperwork and announce his retirement.
— Rear Admiral (@RearAdBsBlog) October 9, 2018
Nash is a current Unrestricted Free Agent. He spent last season split with the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins.
Nash is a former first overall selection in the 2002 NHL Entry draft, where he was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Over his career, the Canadian forward tallied 1060 games played, 437 goals and 368 assists for 805 points. He won the Maurice Richard trophy in 2003-04.
Nash dealt with a concussion last season and his health may be a reason he decided to lace up the skates.
Nash has represented Canada multiple times, including the Olympics, World Juniors and World Championships.
He is a former CHL All-Rookie team member, including OHL Rookie of the year during the 2000-01 season. Nash is a six-time all-star, winning two Gold Medals at the Olympics.
His number 61 is retired by his junior club, the London Knights. During his time spent with the Toronto Marlboros of the GTHL, he racked up 115 points in 34 GP.
If he is only retiring from NHL hockey, there are certainly spots for him to play in Europe. But, as mentioned, Nash’s health and future will need to be heavily addressed before he would be able to play overseas.
Nash has some history with HC Davos, so there may be an opportunity there to continue his career.