May 12, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) is announced as the first star of the game against the Washington Capitals after the third period in game six of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Rangers won the game 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Lundqvist, Team Have A Lot to Prove

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If rumors are true, Lundqvist has a lot to prove if his comments caused Tortorella’s dismissal. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports

Henrik Lundqvist, during breakup day went on record stating “we’ll see” when it came to him extending his contract with the Rangers.

When Lundqvist mentioned earlier about how he felt the season went, instead of agreeing with former Coach John Tortarella, who said the season when in a sideways direction, Lundqvist went on record saying that the season was a step backwards, and that it was a huge disappointment.

Two days later, John Tortarella is without a job, and Glen Sather said the team’s number one priority is to resign the goaltender.

Reports by both the New York Post and New York Daily News, credit the comments made by Lundqvist made some “top level” players share their frustrations with Sather regarding the now former coach.

So the question comes, after all this how much pull does Lundqvist have in the organization?  It’s safe to assume with the help of his comments, and the allegations about players speaking with Sather, it helped pave the way for Sather to make the rather tough, yet necessary decision to relieve him of his duties.

But now, the pressure is on Glen Sather and the players he’s brought in to prove that Tortorella was the problem. And for the organization’s standpoint, I hope that they prove their assumptions right, that Tortorella was the problem. That his blue collar, hard working, brash criticism was the issue all along. That whoever comes in as new coach allows more of an open style of play, to allow the players to just do that.

Let’s see how an offense first system fairs for the Rangers. Because under Lundqvist they have yet to have a coach that can bring a high powered offense out of the ice night in and night out. This will prove just how good of a goaltender, Lundqvist actually is.

Not knocking Lundqvist, he does deserve to be in the elite ranks, but if it’s true that his verbiage about the season, and his willingness to resign long term caused Tortorella his job, he has to play his best hockey next season.

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