BOSTON – (Wire Service Report) – Rick Nash has played 15 seasons in the NHL, but the productive winger isn’t sure there will be a 16th due to health concerns. Nash, a free agent, reportedly has told teams he won’t be on the market July 1. He has played in 1,060 regular-season games and missed three weeks late last season with a concussion.
Nash’s agent, Joe Resnick, told media outlets on Thursday that Nash was unsure whether he would play again. Resnick didn’t define what the health issues were.
Resnick told ESPN that Nash wanted teams to know of his situation in order to be forthright. Resnick also shot down speculation that Nash is looking to sit out this summer’s free agency in order to find a contender to join midseason.
“Rick has the utmost ethics and integrity,” Resnick said. “We turned down a lot of money. Let’s put it that way.”
Nash finished last season with the Boston Bruins, who acquired him in a trade with the New York Rangers. He scored 21 goals last season, including three for the Bruins in 11 games.
Nash, 34, began his career with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2002 before being traded to the Rangers in 2012.
He has 437 career goals — 67th on the NHL’s career list — and 368 assists. He led the NHL in goals with 41 in 2003-04 and tallied a career-high 42 goals in 2014-15.
The Brampton, Ontario, native won Olympic gold medals with Canada in 2010 and 2014.