Former Blue Jackets winger Rick Nash has a new role with Columbus: special assistant to the general manager.
And when we say new, we mean new. He didn't officially retire as a player until this past season. He hung up his skates for medical reasons after 15 years with the Jackets, Rangers and finally as a member of the Bruins. Then--toward the back half of the year--he started traveling with the Blue Jackets to refamiliarize himself with the club. The announcement about this position came a week ago today.
"They're just going to have me doing a lot of different things," Nash told 610 WTVN's Mark Blazor. "Whether it's recruiting players to Columbus, or helping out the young guys that are on the team, helping out the young guys who are in junior or in the AHL. I think there's going to be some scouting involved and some stuff with the big club, so it's going to be a bunch of different things."
To hear what else he said about his job, including what (if anything!) he plans to do to try to convince free agents Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene, and Sergei Bobrovsky to stay in Columbus, click the interview below: