One of the top stories of the New York Rangers’ preseason and the first three games of their regular season is the goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist. His play has been unusually average for a goaltender of his caliber, and he’s let in 9 goals in three regular season games, and even though that does not sound a lot to be totally freaking out about, but it’s the way he’s been playing, his form these last few games is very shaky, almost afraid even.
There are a few possibilities as to why this may be happening. First, it could very well just be beginning of the season jitters, had a relatively long summer, new coach, nervous about how this season has started, the man could just be nervous, after all he IS human. The next reason for this could be his contract, one of the things that was first said as the season came to start was that he does not want to talk about his contract any longer, he could just be anxious about the fact that his future in New York City is not set in stone. If it was up to me I would just sign him and move on with it, so that everyone could be happy. The last possibility, is one that nobody wants to seem to admit. If you remember, the size of goalie pads went down this year, and Lundqvist was always known for using the maximum size pads, but since they’ve been shrunken he might not know how to cope, he might be uncomfortable with the smaller size pads and could possibly struggle with them for a while.
The last question, which is probably the mot pressing question is will Lundqvist get better? Will he return to the king on the throne that we expect him to be? The answer to that, is yes. Hank will return to his old self as always, he’ll shine like he always had and will presumably be nominated for another Vezina trophy at the end of this season. The three factors that I just mentioned would weigh heavily on anyone, but Hank will figure it out, he will get used to having Alain Vigneault as a coach, he will either get over his fear of not having a contract, or he will suck it up and sign one and he will definitely get used to his smaller pad size not because he wants to, but simply because there is no other option.