Rick Nash

After trade, Nash sees new hope in New York

New York Rangers forward Taylor Pyatt initially thought the team's equipment managers might not like him as much as Rick Nash.

Each day, Pyatt would glance over to Nash's adjacent locker at the team's practice facility and notice long socks, wristbands, ankle braces and other assorted gear neatly arranged and folded — etiquette rarely seen within hockey dressing rooms. Pyatt figured it was at the request of New York's newest superstar, not the quirk of a meticulous neat freak.

"I thought he was getting special treatment," Pyatt said this week, after watching Nash carefully fold and place every piece of equipment along a bench in front of his stall. "But he's...