So thanks to Nasty 1’s question I got to talking to people about watches, and found out that when Henrik Lundqvist signed his last contract, he gave the six Rangers trainers Breitling watches, the Chrono Superocean series. (From some Googling I see they are about $3K each.)
Lundqvist included a card, complete with a cartoon of the goalie, thanking the trainers for everything for checking his equipment to watching (washing?) his car and joking that they got to keep doing it. “You could tell he put a lot of thought into it,” said one of the lucky recipients.
Today was a voluntary practice, and Steve Valiquette guarded the net against Aaron Voros, Lauri Korpikoski, Colton Orr, Blair Betts, Marc Staal, Fredrik Sjostrom and Sean Avery. That’s right, Avery. He said he likes to skate in the morning and the voluntary practices give him a chance to work on things at a little slower pace.
And he is looking forward to the atmosphere for a night game at the Garden. The last few weekend matchups have been afternoon contests, and Avery says he loves playing in front of a good Saturday night crowd.
UPDATE: Carp and I will be doing another video chat Tuesday at 1 p.m. Cancel your lunch with the CEO and tune it to LoHud with all your Rangers questions!