Mailbag: Michael Lindqvist, left side defense

Two questions for the mailbag this week. As always, use the widget on the right to submit questions for the mailbag, and we will answer them here.

Ray asks: Not really a question, but the Rangers terminated the contract of Michael Lindqvist and he’s back in Sweden.

Thanks for the heads up Ray. Lindqvist played 16 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack, putting up a line of 3-4-7 in those games. It’s a little disappointing to see the contract terminated, because I thought there could be some potential there. On the bright side, now I only have to Lundqvist variations to deal with. I’ll take that as a net win for me.

Anthony asks: Earlier this year you posted about the team allowing a high amount of shots from the left side (about 4 or 5 games into the season). Has that continued? Did it stabilize/improve?

This is the post Anthony is referring to. I admittedly may have jumped the gun on that post, but it was an issue at that point. We’ve had 20 additional games to look at, and below is the heat map. It’s not pretty.

The Rangers allow allow a lot of shots, that we know. The defensive system has certainly done a good job of limiting shots from the high slot. That’s a direct impact of the center being positioned there. However down low is still an issue. That’s not your question though.

The right side has become a little bit more of an issue than the left side. Perhaps Marc Staal’s stabilization has helped the left side, but it’s worth noting that Neal Pionk still hemorrhages shots from the right side. Now this is just from a shot quantity standpoint (we don’t know if these are wide open looks), but the distance is worrisome. That’s a giant red vacuum there.

I’m not sure if that helps, but let’s just assume that the defense will be an ongoing issue from a quantity of shots allowed standpoint. As far as the eye has shown, these don’t look to be wide open looks, but I’ve also missed the last two games.

12 thoughts on “Mailbag: Michael Lindqvist, left side defense

  • Nov 25, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Pionk and ADA should be building blocks to the Rangers next wave of D core. Their shorter stature should easily be overlooked due to their speed, hands, OZ/NZ abilities and compete level. Pionk could have had a huge hand in shutting down Ovi. Zib sadly had a hold my beer moment and let Ovi walk on by for an easy deflection goal.

    I’m in favor to for JG to be apart of Peter Chiarelli downfall in Edmonton. Send Skjei and Zucc for Darnell Nurse. That guy would be a perfect matchup to play with Pionk or even ADA. Smith would instantly become expandable and Staal would have a replacement in the tough minutes department and on the PK. It only makes sense that Chiarelli would trade his franchise player’s best friend to the East Coast before he get’s fired. JG would get major points for pulling a trade off like that to add for the future.

    • Nov 25, 2018 at 1:01 pm

      I actually agree with your full post bro. Mazol tov!!

      Chiarelli should always be a GM that Gorton checks in with. He’s an idiot.

    • Nov 26, 2018 at 1:42 pm

      I agree as well

  • Nov 25, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    The Lindqvist situation highlights a big advantage of signing Swedish players. We know Gropp and Leedahl for example are never going to amount to anything, but they will stick around for the full term of their ELC. They get to play hockey professionally, what they love to do, and make 70K for working part of the year. For the Rangers, they just take up room on the 50 man roster. But the deal is not nearly so attractive for guys like Lindqvist, Stromwall, or Kovacs. They don’t particularly want to live in the US and have decent hockey options financially back home. When it becomes clear to them that they are not going to be NHL players, they are eager to get released from their contract. Remember termination is by mutual agreement.

    In the present situation, using your rankings Dave (though perhaps the Rangers thought otherwise), if the Rangers had signed only one Swede, they would have chosen Lindqvist over Meskanen. Fortunately, as these signings are so cheap, they signed both. It was certainly clear in Traverse City and in camp that Meskanen is the more promising.

    • Nov 25, 2018 at 3:46 pm

      Interesting enough that Lindqvist was the one talking about how he’s cool if he has to buy time in the AHL.

    • Nov 26, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      Signing a FA after a career year, expecting it to continue and surprise when the player returns to career average.

      Ladies and gentlemen, your New York Rangers.

  • Nov 25, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Stepan looks brutal right now. It’ like anytime he fumbles the puck, the female announcer will keep mentioning how he’s not your ideal 1c lol. He couldn’t handle a perfect tape to tape cross ice feed from Keller on the PP. It goes the other way and stays in the Yotes DZ for the entire shift on the man advantage. Stepan turns it over and the Flames player gets it and goes around him to score a shorty. 10 for 6.5 million dollar 2c? No thanks, good move JG.

    • Nov 25, 2018 at 8:44 pm

      Damn, your loserness is just epic….

      • Nov 25, 2018 at 11:01 pm

        Lol don’t shoot the messenger. I loved how they dumped him into the desert and you should as well. He was just to overrated to be wearing my favorite hockey teams jersey, glad to see that JG put respect on that.

      • Nov 25, 2018 at 11:15 pm

        I’m just happy that they dumped him into the desert 🙂 dodged a terrible contract there lol

        • Nov 25, 2018 at 11:18 pm

          Sometimes I feel bad for the Yotes fans. But than knowing that he’ll never wear a NYR jersey again makes it worth it. Bonus: He’s not in the same time zones and wears red and black lol. Don’t @ me bro

          • Nov 26, 2018 at 9:10 am

            I’m pretty sure I did just @ you. And I insulted you as well, in case you’re unclear on that.

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