Girardi not skating; Lundqvist team MVP; Fast the Player’s PlayerApril 7, 2016, by
Per Steve Zipay, Henrik Lundqvist has been named Team MVP, as voted on by the media. This comes as no surprise, as without Lundqvist this team might not even be in the playoffs this season. This was honestly a no-brainer.
Jesper Fast was named the Player’s Player, voted on by his teammates. I think this means a lot more than people realize. It shows Fast is respected on the ice for the roles he’s been given, and he’s likely a positive influence in the locker room. Not bad for a sixth round pick, acquired by the Rangers for a busted first round pick in Bobby Sanguinetti.
Fun fact: Sanguinetti was turned into 2nd (2011) and 6th (2010) round picks. The 6th was used on Fast. The 2nd used in the trade to get Tim Erixon, who was a key piece in the Rick Nash deal. They may have whiffed on Sangs, but boy did Slats recoup value.
Dan Girardi was also not skating today for the morning skate. This doesn’t tell us much about his status, since it could just be a precautionary move. But it could be something more serious. Either way, more rest for Girardi is a good thing.