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The Columbus Dispatch wroteNash says he’s ready to step up as leader

Thursday, September 13, 2007

By Aaron Portzline

Rick Nash has worked in the offseason to improve his conditioning.

Rick Nash’s ability to score hasn’t been questioned, not since his 41-goal outburst for the Blue Jackets in 2003-04.

But Nash’s trajectory toward NHL stardom tilted downward during an injury-filled 2005-06 season, and it leveled off last season, even after Ken Hitchcock took over as coach Nov. 23. Now, on the verge of Blue Jackets training camp, Nash is in the best shape of his life, and he appears poised to reclaim a seat among hockey’s elite.

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