Henrik Guarantees Playoffs; Lisin Gets TO; Tickets On Sale

Yesterday on WFAN “The FAN”, Henrik Lundqvist was talking with Boomer & Carton, and while most of it was nonsense about his girlfriend and the way he wears his suit, there actually managed to be hockey related questions in there.

Most importantly, when Carton asked, knowing it was September 15th, will the Rangers be in the playoffs next season?

“Absolutely. We will (be in the playoffs). I promise, we will bounce back…”

Boomer Esiason, King Henrik, and Craig Carton

That’s a little preemptive, no? I mean, yeah we upgraded (slighty), but the Rangers still lack a true first line center and they’re in, arguably, the toughest division in the NHL. And most of the teams in the Atlantic upgraded nicely, most notably the Penguins acquiring Paul Martin and Z Michalek and the Devils resigning Kovy and grabbing Jason Arnott and Anton Volchenkov. The Flyers didn’t add anyone huge (Zherdev’s return and Gagne’s departure is probably an even swap), but when you’re the defending Eastern Conference Champions, you don’t really need to.
Of course his confidence in himself and the team is great to hear, but I’m just worried he might be counting his chickens a little too early.

Back to the interview. On the Philadelphia Flyers last game of the season win and playoff run:

“I really don’t care what happened after that with the Flyers…” “They did really well, but we missed the playoffs and that’s the only thing that mattered to me.”
That’s a great thing to hear, personally. You want him to get over it, move on. Adapt. Overcome.
On taking lots of shots (something that happens all too often):

“I don’t mind having 30, 35 shots or even 40 shots if we’re playing a good defense or not giving up breakaways or 2-on-1’s too often.”
Towards the end, the subject of the KHL and their adoration for throwing “stupid money” around came up and Carton asked the King if he would ever give an offer from “that Russian super league” any serious thought. To which Henrik paused and then replied “No”, stating that he loves it here too much. That puts a big smile on my face.
If you want to listen to the podcast interview, click here.

Lisin scores his last goal as a Ranger

Enver Lisin is finally in the news as I’ve found out that he has received a Try Out offer from the Atlanta Thrashers. Knowing he’s not going to be a Ranger this season, Lisin along with Nik Antropov, Nigel Dawes, and Patrick Rissmiller are the former Rangers that will join camp there.
So apparently Thrashers = Former Rangers + Blackhawks.

Steve Zipay from Newsday says that Enver’s friend Artem Anisimov told the paper that he’ll probably go back to play in Russia, but the right winger accepted the TO offer anyways.

With Atlanta lacking a solid right winger in the departures of Colby Armstrong and Todd White, Lisin stands a decent chance of landing a job with the Thrashers.

The New York Rangers announced that Individual ticket sales will be open to the public September 23rd. That’s a week away from today, so be ready to grab those home openers before it sells out. I know I’m going.
Season tickets are also still available in the half-season (22 games) and 11-game packages.

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