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From break-up day
Posted By On April 25, 2011 @ 1:29 pm In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 43 Comments
Won’t have time to start transcribing for a while … so just a few things.
Marian Gaborik will play in the World Championships, and promised to take his game up to the next level next season … and when it was mentioned that he had scored 42 playing in this system last year, he kind of said that the system was different last year. In other words, and maybe I’m reading into it, he had trouble with the way the team played this year. He said he would love to have a set line, and mentioned that we all know who the free-agent centers are (read: Brad Richards) and that the team usually does what’s needed to get the free agent help it requires.
Henrik Lundqvist is undecided on the Worlds. He said this is the first year that, even though he’s just 29, he started thinking how many more cracks he might get at the playoffs.
Brandon Dubinsky said that he wants to be back, the Rangers want him back, so let’s not waste each other’s time in contract negotations. It does occur to me, though, that with Wade Redden’s cap hit coming back onto the books in the summer, the Rangers might have to wait until camp to re-sign some of their own, especially if they spend any significant cash on July 1. Dubinsky also said that the stress fracture in his leg began to show up in the other leg, too, and that they discovered it was the type of soft skates he’d been wearing his whole career that caused the stress … and that when he switched to a different style (same brand) of skate he felt much better. He will not play in the Worlds, because of the injuries and the contract.
Brandon Prust talked and joked about “It’s Just Pain” and how he couldn’t believe how that took off within the team. Martin Biron said he expects to start working out in a few weeks. I didn’t have a chance to catch Callahan, still on crutches, and Staal, who said his knee was still sore during the playoffs.
Sean Avery had some interesting things to say about not being able to commit turnovers and penalties and how that effected his game, and how he decided to just go back to the way he always played in the playoffs, and that “risk/reward” style is the way he has to play from now on. Which should be inetresting.
Dan Girardi, for obvious reasons, is looking forward to some healing time. He said he won’t need any procedures, just rest. Vinny Prospal doesn’t know what to expect, but wants to come back, and won’t play in the Worlds because of his knee. “I’m not 26 anymore,” he said.
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