Gross: Lundqvist ready to go (Update: Missiaen to AHL)

Update (3:30pm): Jason Missiaen has been returned to the AHL.

Original Post: Per Andrew Gross, Henrik Lundqvist has indicated that he is ready to go for tomorrow’s home opener against Montreal. Hank had missed the previous two games with a “minor” injury. Cam Talbot was very good in replacing Hank between the pipes, putting up a 1.94 GAA and a .934 SV% in two games.

It is expected that Jason Missiaen will be returned to Hartford shortly. No official word has been disclosed.

19 Responses to “Gross: Lundqvist ready to go (Update: Missiaen to AHL)”

  1. Chris F says:

    Great news. Now he needs to start playing like a world class goalie again.

    • Centerman21 says:

      He was injured and the team played horrendous in front of him. He was ok in the games he played. Not great or all world but he wasn’t bad. I’m sure he’ll be just fine tomorrow.

  2. Spozo says:

    Good news. You knew he would be ready for opening night. I’m not worried at all about his slow start. Traditionally he has always taken a month or two to really get in to his all world form. The shortened season really showed that last year and he played the second half as the usual best goalie in the world. I’m not worried about him.

    • Pete says:

      If Richards can keep it up and somehow the kids (miller & kreider) can find a way to contribute consistently then maybe they could absorb the loss of Nash but if Hank is anything less than Hank then they are toast…

  3. Walt says:

    Yes, good news indeed!

    Hay, a speedy recovery by Hank, could it be because Talbot played so well??? Just asking!

    We have the home opener for the season tomorrow night, let’s just go out and play with the same intensity we had last night, we will be OK. Finally, they showed that they cared, and played that way.

    • Pete says:

      They looked comfortable and at times even confident last night, very nice to see.

      Even with everyone back back the team is short on skill to execute the system effeciently, that is unless of course Kreider and Miller become staples in the line-up. Really hoping to see those two succeed this year.

      • Walt says:

        Agree 100%

      • AD says:

        Can you help me understand why Kreifer and Miller are integral to the team executing AV’s system efficiently? I am still struggling with what AV’s system is all about, so if you are able to explain your point about Kreider and Miller I may understand this better.

        Thanks.

        • Pete says:

          Well, from what I understand, and see, its more of an up tempo/creative/quick passing system than what Torts ran and overall it seems to require more skill.

          What I meant with Kreider and Miller was simple, the team is clearly short on top end skill/talent so if those two can become staples it means that they are performing and the team has legitimate depth. You add that to their “top-end” talents like Nash, Richie, Cally and so on. and the team appears to be talented, and deep enough to run the system efficiently from top to bottom of the line-up.

  4. Pete says:

    Ok, everyone can exhale now.

  5. Mikeyyy says:

    Talbots looked great, squared up and he has some good reflexes….

    If someone keeps playing like that, he could make a certain someone quite expendable. That’s about 6-8 million in cap space….that could be spent elsewhere.

    • Pete says:

      While Talbot looked good, should’ve had the 1st one, there is no way he makes Hank expendable. Aside from a hockeypocolypse on Broadway Hank retires a Ranger.

    • Paco33 says:

      And I’m sure the Yankees will have no problem replacing Mariano Rivera from their farm system!

      Now, don’t get me wrong – unlike Rivera, Lundqvist is of course not head and shoulders the best ever at what he does. However, like the Yankees with Rivera, the world is going to be a very different place for Ranger fans when Hank is gone or is no longer as good, if not better, than anyone else on the planet.

  6. Walt says:

    Just read Vanek to the Islanders for Moulson, and a #1 this year, #2 next year. Way over payment for this guy!!!!!

    • Rob says:

      At first I thought they over payed as well, but I forgot Moulson was UFA at the end of they year as well. More importantly, I think giving up a first for Tomas Vanek is justified, IF they can get him to sign. Big IF I know, but this is where the new arena can start to pay dividends. Wow.

      • Centerman21 says:

        They still have to win games 6-5 in the playoffs with the goaltending they don’t have. Theirs also about 6 games of playoff experience amongst that team. The young NYR players have played over 30 and weren’t ready last year. They’re not ready to go all in yet. Plus, they must have felt they couldn’t resign Moulson but they can keep Vanek? And that’ll just about use up remaining cap space. What about D and goalie?

      • Walt says:

        Rob

        So is Vanek an UFA this season. I heard that he is interested in the Wild, so if true, way over payment as stated!!

  7. Ray says:

    I hope he’s 100%. We’ve seen that a healthy Talbot is better than a subpar Lundqvist.

  8. Bloomer says:

    The Rangers better bring it to their home opener or it will be a long night for the king.