Jim Gintonio's Blog
Tyson Nash, who will replace Louie DeBrusk as the Coyotes radio analyst, analyzed himself when I asked him about his new gig and what type of experience he would be bringing.
“Nothing, just the odd interview as a player,” the former Coyotes forward said. “I’m definitely not polished, need some serious polishing here. I’m anxious to get started and learning and to be a part of the organization. More important, I’m happy to be back and keep my family here.”
Nash was ready to head to Florida for a tryout with the Tampa Bay Lightning in a comeback bid, but when DeBrusk opted to accept a position with Rogers Sportsnet, he had a change of heart, and he called Coyotes President Doug Moss.
This is a good move on Moss’ part. Nash is likable, knowledgeable and quick-witted, so it would be no surprise if he excels quickly.
“I think it’s a job that any player would love to have,” Nash said. “It keeps you in the game, and I’m really excited about it.”
For analysts in any sport just recently removed from their playing days, it’s always trick knowing when and how to criticize, especially when it involves players who are friends. Look for Nash to be honest on that score.
“All the guys are big boys, and they all understand the media side of it, and understand being a player and what my job now is,” he said. “I think I’ve always been a real positive guy ... I’ve never been one of those guys who has just gone out and ripped into someone. That not my kind of personality.
“I’ll definitely give my opinion and be up-front with them as players. I think it’s gonna be good, different on the other side of it.”
Nash will be teamed with Bob Heethuis, a top-notch play-by-play man who always has given the analyst room to operate, and that's another bonus for him.