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…”
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.”
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.”
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.