A goalie as seasoned and marketable as Henrik Lundqvist could fetch a staggering bounty on the free agent market, but it’s difficult to imagine him playing for any team other than the New York Rangers.
Even with his next contract unsettled, Lundqvist admitted to SVT Sweden’s Marie Lehmann that it’s tough for him to think of such a situation, too. NHL.com provides his translated thoughts:
“The way the organization and fans have treated me and how much I’ve enjoyed it, it’s hard to picture myself playing elsewhere,” Lundqvist said.
The 31-year-old admitted that his contract year is huge for his career, but he also stated that he doesn’t want it to be a distraction.
Lundqvist’s situation is the biggest question mark for the Rangers going forward, but 2013-14 looks like a serious fork in the road overall for the franchise. It’s Alain Vigneault’s first season as head coach while Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Derick Brassard rank among the many other Rangers entering contract years.
In other words, a lot can change between this summer and next, even for the league’s most reliable netminder.
Fighting is down more or less across the board in the NHL, but the Tampa Bay Lightning might be the franchise least interested in dropping the gloves.
Ryan Callahan vs. Kyle Okposo already has some name recognition to it, yet it gets some bonus points for being the Bolts’ first fighting major of 2015-16.
It … probably loses those bonus points in being run-of-the-mill.
Hey, be fair; the Lightning are clearly out of practice.
It must be a helpless feeling to sit idly by while your team continues to flail, but such emotions are what opposing GMs love to prey on.
Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli hasn’t been around through much of the suffering for this hapless franchise, yet that doesn’t mean he’s immune to the calls for improvement. To his credit, he’s not buckling under that pressure.
You can see and hear his full comments below:
If you don’t feel like playing the video, the message is simple enough.
Chiarelli isn’t happy with Edmonton’s record – he hasn’t “seen progression” in ways that he was expecting, but again … he doesn’t want to force moves.
Long story short, he can “sleep at night,” even if he’s disappointed.
Is he right to take a relaxed approach, though? Maybe it’s time to blow up a part of what isn’t working? Have some fun armchair GM’ing on this one.
It’s been a good few days to be a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers, as their team delivered not once, but twice during Thanksgiving weekend.
The Flyers picked up a 3-2 OT win over the Predators on Friday before shutting out the New York Rangers, 3-0, on Saturday.
It was a good afternoon for three players in particular.
Both Wayne Simmonds and Sean Couturier ended long scoring slumps.
Simmonds’ two goals were his first in seven games, while Couturier scored for the first time in his last 13 contests.
Goaltender Steve Mason also had a solid outing against the Rangers.
The 27-year-old turned aside all 24 shots he faced including this great save on Dominic Moore:
The Flyers lost defenseman Nick Schultz to an upper-body injury in the first period after he took a big hit from Dylan McIlrath.
Luke Schenn defended his fallen teammate by dropping the gloves with McIlrath, which didn’t go unnoticed by his teammates.
The Rangers are now on a season-high three-game losing streak. Their lack of effort has to be concerning for their head coach Alain Vigneault.
The Flyers outshot the Rangers 30-14 over the final 40 minutes.
It looks like the injury bug has taken another chunk out of the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Flyers, who are already without Mark Streit, Ryan White and R.J. Umberger, have now lost Nick Schultz to injury.
Schultz left Saturday’s game against the Rangers in the first period after taking a hit from Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath.
Luke Schenn went after McIlrath right after he delivered the hit and both players dropped the gloves.
Schultz did not return.
You can watch the entire sequence by clicking on the video at the top of the page.
The 33-year-old has just one assist in 23 games, but he leads the Flyers in blocked shots with 54.