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If they picked an "All-Agitator Team" in the NHL, Tyson Nash could be its captain.
Nash sticks his nose into everything on the ice, a pesky right wing who stirs things up. His size, 5 feet 11 and 191 pounds, doesn't allow him to be an enforcer, but that has never stopped him from trying to play the part.
That is why it was such a difficult decision for Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky to place Nash on waivers Monday. With an infusion of talent this season, and the fact that Nash didn't score a goal in 2005-06, tough decisions had to be made, Gretzky said.
"There are really times in the sports world where decisions are made that are more difficult than other decisions," he said. "I spent Saturday talking with Tyson and told him we understood what he's done for this organization and what's he meant for us. Nobody likes to hear that your time in a particular organization is over.
"I told him I had to go through the same scenario with Brett Hull last season. Tyson's case is a little different. He wants to keep playing. We tried to accommodate that, but to this point, it hasn't happened. I told him to take all the time he needs. We'd like to keep him in the organization. If he chose not to move, then we would somehow work something out to keep him in the organization."
If Nash is not claimed off waivers today after the NHL's 24-hour window, he would be assigned to the Coyotes' top minor league affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL.
"It's a big loss for us," left wing Ladislav Nagy said. "He brings toughness to the team. He hits hard and plays hard every shift. We'll miss him. Hopefully, he'll do well on another team."