Quick notes on Chris Kreider and Lias Andersson

Kreider good to go, Andersson opens up

A few quick tidbits on the NY Rangers to keep your hockey content going today. First up is Chris Kreider, who on a Zoom call yesterday noted that his foot is good to go for if/when the season resumes. Naturally that is good for the Rangers, as a fully healthy team makes them dangerous offensively in a potential playoff push. It does beg the question though: Was he actually healthy when he was skating in early March? I doubt it.

Also Lias Andersson gave an interview in Sweden, opening up about his time with the Rangers. He was going through some rough patches, with no confidence at all. He developed some bad sleeping habits, playing video games all night waiting for friends in Sweden to wake up to talk to them. He has no f-ing idea what is next, but he’s practicing and playing hockey.

With Andersson, that bit of information isn’t surprising, but it does paint a clearer picture of what went on with the Rangers and their 7th overall pick in 2017. It’s always been clear there is fault on both sides, and this cements it. The Rangers clearly have investment in Andersson, after all they took him 7th overall. Whether or not the relationship can be mended appears to be on Andersson, who requested the trade.

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  • I don’t know what programs the Rangers have in place specifically but I think each younger player should have psychologist/psychiatrist who speaks their native language available at all times. The younger players need to be monitored and mentored through the process because it’s very easy to get off track when you’re a teenager/young adult and thrust into a foreign environment. They need structure, discipline and support … and I’m surprised nobody noticed that something was wrong here. I’m also surprised that his foot issues weren’t taken seriously, especially given the fact that his skating has never appeared to be a strong suit of his game.

  • I’ve posted this before, but this may get a little attention, so here goes.

    Kakko had a rough period early on when he first came into the NHL, and I suspect that many of his issues may well have been the same with him. An 18 year old kid, in a strange country, not being able to speak the language, and no one to run around with, could very well been the problem the kid had??????

    If I’m a part of management, I’d make sure that I’d get someone for this kid to relate to, from Finland, and be his bud!!!!!!!!!

    • Not sure why kakko is relevant here , most of his adjustments were hockey related . Who said they dont support players their invested in?

    • It’s not like Finns aren’t exposed to English daily through instruction and TV.

      A bigger issue that I think I’ve mentioned in the past, is that in Finland the coach/player relationship is a two way street and not in “my door is always open” way. Players actively question coaches on why things are done the way they’re done.

      The stories regarding Lias are problematic on two fronts: 1st for Lisa’s maturity level(it’s 6 hours difference from NY/CT to Sweden, staying up all night to call friends is a BS excuse) but you would think that the organization has them on sleep monitoring system.

      I know it takes a while to come down from a game, but playing video games is not the way to do it.

  • Maybe Lias needs to put on his big boy pants and become a man. Maybe the NYR DID do everything correct, but when dealing with a (possible) spoiled child, only tough love will do.

    Good riddance Lias!

    • We always seem to give the player the benefit of the doubt instead of the team and it’s management. There is no pattern of this type of behavior by the NYR, so maybe this is an isolated case. I am sure there is some fault on both sides.

  • If you haven’t grown up in the hockey locker room/ environment than what can you add to this situation?

    There was a football player from Miami who did that 60 minute interview. He had a great analogy of how locker-room culture is similar to prison housing. It becomes that same kind of jigsaw puzzle of figuring out for yourself with a bunch of hype up dudes a foot away. If a disagreement happens, steal cages will protect your fall. If someone doesn’t like you than you could find your belongings in the shower, toilet or stolen. Either that kind of stuff happens to you or else you’re just one of the boys which is easy to be. It can be a cruel world in there if you already have a mark on you.

    Lias most definitely had a bullseye on him. That medal tossing was one of the most disrespectful things that he could have done. I grew up in a area where they do the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. I’ve played against countless Canadians and Euro’s every winter from LP boarding schools. If Lias ever pulled that in the famous 1980s Olympic center, he would be banned. They literally have a small wall of rejects who’ve done that. He probably got teased with a mix of reality that he’s not that good.

    He’s now sounding like one of those gossiping retire pro’s (Dan Carcillo). Nobody likes that especially when you don’t have room to talk.

  • My lias take: they obviously soured on his hockey skills (relative to selection) early so maybe his personal development slipped through the cracks? They’ll never say they blew the pick , but let’s be real they know they did.

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