|Nash at Practice in 2011-12|
You see, you command a pretty big salary. In fact you got pretty uppity when the club didn't come through with what you thought was enough. So they came through. But now you're asking someone else to pick that up, and there's the rub.
Let's be blunt. You didn't earn your salary last year. You weren't in the all-star game because you didn't deserve to be. You're not the only one that had a rotten year in 2011-12, but it can be truly said that you were the leader of those who had a rotten year. So you were overpaid by a couple of million last year. You did score your 30th goal in the last game of the season, so you did preserve that statistic. But no GM wants to pay north of $7 million for a guy who scores his 30th goal on the last day of the season.
So get your arms around it Rick. You're playing in Columbus in 2012-13, because no one will give us what you are worth to this franchise. They want market value, and you are over priced versus your performance. And there's only one person who can change that, Rick. It's you.
I wonder what the new assistant coaches are going to think of your practice habits? Last on the ice, first off the ice. Maybe that would be something that is easy to change Rick. The whole Captain thing? Maybe its time to give that a break, and focus on your game. Let someone else pick up that load. Its okay.
So Rick, if you want out of here, you need to be a monster on the ice this year. That way you can be moved at the trade deadline for what you are worth to this franchise. You need to change your market value Rick. I dunno, maybe a short term goal would be to play like an All-Star in the first half of the season, so we don't have to welcome you back in someone else's jersey.
Don't get me wrong. I'm still a fan. And I'm ready to let go if that's the way things have to be. But it's on you now Rick.
So git 'er done, son!!