Andersson on unconditional waivers for termination of contract.
#Grit meets #Science!
You gotta adore any player who uses #family. Of course, that was the Rangers' motto for the playoffs this year - but really, when you spend so much time around the same group of guys, that's what a team becomes.
Antti Raanta is officially back with the Rangers, and considering how good a fit he was with the team, this is cause to celebrate! We're just as happy to have him back as he is to be here.
He wouldn't be wrong. After going deep into the playoffs two seasons in a row, the Rangers stumbled out of the gate and never recovered, winning just one playoff game.
... After buying Eric Staal at the deadline and giving up even more draft picks (and a prospect). And with an average age of 28.227 years, they're the oldest team in the NHL. With one of the highest cap hits, and eight big money contracts for at least the next three seasons.
The way the Rangers are structured right now, it appears they may be headed for quite the decline, so a change to the core - both to free up some cap space and hopefully bring back some good, young players - might just be necessary.
In that case, hopefull it'll be a busy summer.
Thank u all for the support during the year & I promise u that it will be our mission to prove any doubters we can come back better next yr— Henrik Lundqvist (@HLundqvist30) April 25, 2016
NHL is so competitive that success can never be taken for granted. With a vision/hard work I believe we can get there, I hope u do 2! #NYR— Henrik Lundqvist (@HLundqvist30) April 25, 2016
Henrik Lundqvist is far from being even included on the list of the Rangers' worst problems, but fact is, he did just have the worst playoffs of his career, and he isn't getting any younger.
Still. He's a leader on this team, and while tough times are ahead, it's generally nice to see optimism from one of your team's best players, no matter what.
With a healthy dose of humility. As Lundqvist points out, the Rangers were extremely lucky to go deep into the playoffs two years in a row, as unfortunate as it was that they couldn't win the ultimate prize.
Really, Lundqvist's words sum up the beginning of the off-season well: and it's all any of us can do but hope his sentiments are reflected in reality.
I wish I could have been as cool as this kid when I was in fourth grade.
Scott Podstupka, you better have gotten an A+ for your work. Not only does he follow the rules of a haiku perfectly, but he also captures the emotion of watching the Rangers play playoff hockey as well.
With lines like, "We yell at the TV set," "Henrik Lundqvist rules," and "Please God score a goal," you know this kid is going places.
There we have it: Henrik Lundqvist is officially back in the net for the Rangers.
This was the likely outcome - by all accounts, Lundqvist seemed okay the day following Marc Staal's stick getting a little too close to comfort - but to have official confirmation is that much more reassuring.
Thank goodness, because the eye injury he suffered late in the first period of Game 1 against the Penguins was rather scary, as eye injuries can often be.
As Jim Cerney notes, this will be Lundqvist's "112th consecutive post-season start for the Rangers", further emphasizing his importance to the club. Where would they be without him? Let's not think about that.
He played this morning in a Wolf Pack win. The Rangers already have 13 forwards on the roster.
Earlier today, Henrik Lundqvist caused a panic throughout the Twitter world as he unexpectedly left the Rangers' practice.
He returned 14 minutes later, only to leave once again, as an equipment manager took his place.
Cue: mass panic. Because there are no guarantees in the playoffs, and no Lundqvist for the Rangers would make the upcoming first round matchup that more uncertain.
Fortunately, we've got a good explanation as to what was ailing Hank now, and it's nothing to actually panic over - no injuries or anything like that.
Rest up, Lundqvist - he'll need to be fully healthy for Wednesday!