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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Nash: 'This is what I dreamed of'

By Kieran Darcy

New Rangers winger Rick Nash was a guest on "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN New York 98.7 FM on Wednesday, three days before he is scheduled to make his debut in the team's regular-season opener against the Bruins.

Here are a few highlights:

• Nash said he is "very excited" to be a Ranger:

"This is what I dreamed of. This is what I think NHL hockey is -- playing in an Original Six market, playing in a sold-out building every night. Growing up in Toronto, this is what hockey feels like."

• Nash also talked about last season, and the many trade rumors that involving him:

"It was a tough year for me. It did seem like every single morning, like you said, there was a different rumor about where I was gonna go, or what I was gonna do. ... At the end of the day, it didn't work out at the (trade) deadline, everything happens for a reason, and I'm glad it worked out this way. I get to start fresh with a new team and a city that I'm happy to be in, and everything so far, I've loved what I've seen."

• Many people think Nash is the final piece to the puzzle, making the Rangers a championship team. Nash was asked if he feels pressure to deliver:

"There's pressure, for sure. I've felt pressure through my whole career, being a high draft pick, playing in a city (Columbus) where they depend on making the playoffs to sell tickets, and they depend on winning to pay their players and for their owner to make money. So I've had pressure at different levels -- and playing in the Olympics a few times, and World Championships for Canada where all they expect is gold pretty much. So I'm gonna embrace it, I'm gonna enjoy it. I understand how passionate Rangers fans are and how much hockey means to this city."