- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 12, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) - After an hour-long spin on the Madison Square Garden ice, New York Rangers forward Rick Nash is ready to practice with his teammates and could rejoin the lineup soon.

Nash skated for the fourth straight day on Tuesday and remained symptom-free from a concussion sustained Oct. 8 at San Jose.

He still needs work on his conditioning before he can play in a game, but Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said before his club hosted the New Jersey Devils that Nash would practice on Wednesday.

“Isn’t that the news you wanted to hear?” Vigneault said with a smile Tuesday night. “Every day I have asked how he is doing. Today I got the call after this morning’s skate that he is going to rejoin the team.

“He might be a (defenseman) for a practice or two, and then when we find that his conditioning is where it needs to be and he’s been totally cleared medically, then we’ll put him on a line.”

Vigneault didn’t know if Nash would have non-contact status for his first practice on Wednesday, and there is still no timetable for when he will play in a game.

“With concussions, you never know,” Vigneault said. “He has made some big strides, and hopefully he will continue on a daily basis to make strides.”

Including Tuesday night against New Jersey, Nash has already missed 15 games since he was hit in the head by Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart and sustained his second concussion in eight months. His skating session on Tuesday was his longest since he got back on the ice a few days earlier.

“The plan is each day to do more and more on the ice and in the gym and see if any symptoms pop up,” said Nash, who has three assists in three games this season. “As we move along, just kind of work my way back into game situations.”

Nash logged just under 6 minutes of ice time the night he was hurt. It was the only game of the three he played this season in which he failed to record a point.

“I’ve been in touch with the doctors the whole time,” the 29-year-old Nash said. “We’ll keep them in the loop. It’s day by day.”



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