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The latest on Henrik Lundqvist

March 19, 2017, by

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Per Dan Rosen, the Rangers are targeting a March 25th-ish return for Henrik Lundqvist, who has been out for a week with a lower body injury. The Rangers are clearly taking their time with their All World goalie, as they will need him to be at his absolute best for them to make a run in the playoffs this year.

There’s no real gamble with this approach, and it makes perfect sense that the Rangers are going this route. They are essentially locked into the WC1 spot. It would take a ridiculous run to get to the top-three in the Metro, or an epic collapse to miss the playoffs all together. At this point, they may as well rest their most important player.

Antti Raanta has been solid all season, and will continue to be the starter while Hank is out. Magnus Hellberg will be the backup.

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28 comments

  1. jerry maley says:

    It was a pleasure to watch all the Rangers bust em for 60 minutes. They need to do this every game. They were constantly beating the Wild to loose pucks unlike so many games recently…

  2. Richter1994 says:

    So Hank will be back a couple of weeks before the playoffs. How perfectly timed, lol.

    • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

      Are you suggesting the Rangers exaggerated Hank’s injury in order to give him rest prio

      • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

        Oops….

        …..prior to the playoffs? Shame on you for suggesting something so underhanded. 🙂

        Perfect! He should have two solid weeks to get ready. AV should play him as much as Hank and Benny feel is necessary. As Dave said (and as I know Richter agrees), we need Hank clicking on all cylinders if we are to have any chance in the playoffs.

        • Richter1994 says:

          That’s exactly what I am suggesting and what I was told.

          Hank’s our only shot to win at least a round, no matter who we play. I know you agree Triple E.

          • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

            On this, we are in lock step.

            I will say that if we are in the Atlantic, which is likely, I don’t think it’s impossible for Raanta to win a playoff round if the team is clicking on all cylinders. But a deep playoff run requires our future HOF in nets to be lights out.

            This may be the most brilliant injury ruse of all time! 🙂

            • Richter1994 says:

              King is fine, no worries on that. He could have played now if needed. But what would be the point? He might as well get the rest. Remember, he did play in that stupid World BS of Hockey.

  3. Joe S. says:

    Nice Job, Dave concise, succinct and nary a negative. Bravo. I think they just may have rested Hank purposely to set him up for playoffs, if so, could be a genius use of resourcing. Time will tell. LGR!!

  4. Al Dugan says:

    Here is the perfect setup…WSH wins it but goes 7 with Toronto. CBJ beats PIT in 6, and then loses to WSH in 6. NYR beat OTT in 5, then BOS in 6, and then play WSH for Conference final. We beat Holtby like a rented mule (I have no idea where that expression comes from!) and then play somebody not named CHI in the Final which we decimate. No, I don’t drink.

    I can dream, can’t I?

    • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

      If the playoffs are about anything, it’s about dreams.

      BTW, for point of reference, at this time exactly three years ago, the Rangers had lost six out of nine, then got the ship righted, before stumbling again in the final handful of games. There was absolutely no indication whatsoever of the remarkable playoff run they were about to embark on.

      Just sayin….

    • Joe S. says:

      That’s what I’m talking about Al, but I could care less about the path, bring on the best and then let’s win it. Bring it !!!!!

  5. Richter1994 says:

    I don’t know how you do this logistically, but JT Miller should be the Rangers’ Captain.

    • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

      What? Huh? A guy with well-documented work ethic issues just a couple of years ago? Why in the world would the Rangers do that?

      Down the road? Possibly. Today? I think the room would not support that move.

      Young captains are usually exceptional talents, which JT is not at the moment. JT has a long, long way to go before he falls into that category.

      • Joe S. says:

        Agree, but if it takes that long he will not be a “young” captain.
        Just saying”

      • Ray says:

        I see no reason why making Miller captain is a good idea

        BUT

        come on. You choose a man to be captain because of who he is, not who he was.

        • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

          True, but who he was was only 18 months ago. In a few years, if he continues to mature and improve, then it could make sense.

        • Richter1994 says:

          Is Miller Captain material in your opinion?

      • Richter1994 says:

        Miller brings the intangibles that Captain’s need IMO. I love McD, but I don’t think he’s a great C.

        • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

          Work ethic to me is the number one trait you’d want in a captain. Someone who would be an example for the younger guys to emulate. Sorry, but to me he still has to prove he’s past his prior transgressions. Besides, we have no idea what kind of captain McD really is and unless they acquired a Messier-type player where it would be obvious that he should give up the C, i cant see any scenario where they’d take it from him–especially not for Miller.

          Down the road, when and if McDonagh were to leave, that might be a different discussion.

          • Richter1994 says:

            Miller brings the best combination of all facets to playing hockey than any other player on the team, including McD.

            He scores pts, he plays with an edge, he takes the puck away from opponents, he goes into the corners and battles, he back checks, he stands up for teammates, …

            What else? lol

          • Richter1994 says:

            The one thing I will say is that McD is on the ice 25 minutes per game and that matters.

            • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

              All promising signs, but there is no way they would take the captaincy from McDonagh at this point.

              Now, we might get a glimpse into how Miller is perceived next training camp. With Staal, Nash and Stepan all wearing the A, there’s a good chance there will be a vacancy to fill. Let’s see if Miller has truly matured enough to be considered.

              Also, he will be on year two of a bridge deal next year right? I doubt they’d give him an A unless he was likely here long term, let alone a C.

              Add it all up, the timing isn’t right for this.

  6. Tom O Hawk says:

    I don’t understand something. If Hank isn’t really hurt and could play right now and it’s all just a clever move by the coach how could he be the clown some fans say he is? I thought he had no clue as to what’s going on. What happened to the guy that’s not the sharpest knife in the draw and all those other stupid comments about him? It must have been Gorton idea or someone else.

    • Richter1994 says:

      Why is it all or nothing? You mean to tell me that putting G on the top pair and Glass for Buch, etc. etc. etc. are clever moves?

      He’s a good coach that does off the charts dumbass things that keep him from being a great coach. Is that so hard to understand?

      • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

        I think you need to put “IMO” on that my friend, since I don’t think many if any in the NHL management community would share your view. As I said, there are more than reasonable explanations for those moves given the alternatives (other options not good on D, Buch needed some schooling).

        No coach is perfect and all make head scratching moves we don’t get. But coaches that make too many “off the charts dumb ass moves” don’t keep their jobs long term, and certainly don’t get an extension with a big raise.

        Unless of course you now believe that Gorton made an off the chart dumb ass move that is keeping him from being a great GM in keeping AV. In which case we are in even bigger trouble as a franchise. But I know you don’t believe that since you said “I trust in Gorton”.

        (Gorton re-upping AV has sure made my life a lot easier it seems! :). )

        • John B says:

          1. The rest of the NHL management community is loving what we do. Our team is relatively easy to defend against, you pressure our coaches preferred group of 6 defenseman they make glaring mistakes, and are easily exploited. Hell I’d be praising the job he’s doing too, makes my job easier.

          2. Not going to go into the whole “needs schooling” “was lazy” or any other subjective argument on why certain players have been benched. It’s amazing that Hayes performed at the same rate in year 1, in year 2 and now in year 3…but somehow ONLY in year 2 he was too lazy and too fat. But the numbers show that the performance is consistent through all three years with growth in each year. Hence, not getting into it.

          3. AV got an extension for one reason and one reason only. The NY Rangers and all NY sports teams need to have a NAME or HOT candidate to coach their teams. We can’t expand our vision to promising younger talents. We can’t go out and hire someone no one has heard of. We HAVE to have a name for a coach. AV is a name. Can debate it, can deny it but for the most part every NY franchise coach has ties to or comes from someone else’s glory.

          • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

            John-

            1. Not sure I understand your point. I agree with you. We have a flawed team. You’ve acknowledged as much. Yet the coach keeps succeeding despite it’s flaws.

            2. I understand there may be some “fancy stats” that say Hayes was the same guy he was in year one and year three. I vehemently disagree.

            Basic stats GP G-A-P +/- TOI

            Year 1– 79 17-28-45 +15 13:02
            Year 2– 79 14-22-36. +4. 13:40
            Year 3– 67 17-29-46.+18. 16:40

            Again, I’m not entirely clear on your point here, as I don’t believe I referenced Hayes on this thread. If you are using this to prove that AV makes poor decisions, I’m not following you. AV has increased Hayes’ playing time each season. He most definitely was not as good as a player last year as he was in Year One and certainly not as good as he has been this year. The basic stats show it, my eye test definitely showed it and the eye test of the beat writers also showed it.

            The press was on this “laziness” thing based on observations they each had observing practice. Indeed, there were writers that took AV to task for not being tougher on Hayes. In the end, he mostly stuck with the kid, for better or for worse, and played him the same amount of games that he played in his rookie year, with MORE ice time, not less.

            And, we then learned that in fact, he was not in prime condition last year (thus the “laziness” narrative). He came to camp this year in terrific shape and was apparently the player in the best condition of any player in camp. Good for him. He learned his lesson and decided to do something about it. And again, AV stuck with him for the most part. Far more in fact than he did with Miller.

            3. While I agree that NY sports teams tend to want to hire “glamour” coaches, I think you are distorting this quite a bit. Looking back at all NY franchises over the last 15-20 years, I found these names–

            Rangers-

            Tom Renney

            Islanders-

            Jack Capuano
            Scott Gordon
            Ted Nolan
            Steve Stirling
            Peter Lavilolette

            Knicks-

            Jeff Hornacek

            Nets-

            Lawrence Frank
            Kenny Atkinson

            Giants-

            Jim Fassel

            Jets-

            Todd Bowles

            Devils-

            John Hynes
            Pete DeBoer

            Yankees-

            Stump Merrill
            Buck Showalter

            Mets-

            Terry Collins
            Jerry Manuel
            Art Howe

            How are any of those guys NAMES or hot candidates that have anything whatsoever to do with selling tickets?

            And sorry, AV was NOT a name in NY circles. That hiring was met with a collective yawn I suspect. I doubt it meant a single season subscription sold. Mike Keenan? That’s a name. Rex Ryan? That’s a name. AV? I’m a fan of the guy and I cant wrap my head around that one.

            In terms of “expanding our vision”, how many teams are going to hire a guy with a thin professional coaching resumes? Especially contenders. Who did Anaheim, Arizona, Boston, Buffalo, Calgary, Carolina, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Florida, LA, Minnesota, Montreal, Nashville, NYI, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, San Jose, St. Louis, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington and Winnipeg all hire for their most recent openings? (Interim not included). Veteran coaches with varying degrees of NHL head or assistant coaching resumes. It’s hardly a NY phenomena to look to experience.

            The handful of teams that went with little to no NHL experience? Colorado, NJ, Philly and TB. TB has worked out very well, no doubt (even though I think he’s quite overrated given the talent he has had). The others I would say the jury is very much out on.
            .
            Remember when Torts was fired and one of the rumored candidates was Dallas Eakins, the up and coming must have coach of the Marlies? Edmonton hired him and he flamed out pretty fast.

            Sure, you can get lucky with an unknown. But if you’re a GM, especially a rookie GM, are you going to take that risk, especially if your team is a contender? I don’t think many would.

  7. amy says:

    that sounds encouraging that Hank is coming back on the western roadtrip the rest looks like it is doing him good