Breakup day interviews: Lundqvist, Callahan, Richards, Girardi, Fedotenko, Stralman


Here’s a bunch of audio clips from this morning. About half of the players had filed through by noon. Carp will have another batch shortly.

Henrik Lundqvist:

• Among other things in a lengthy session, Lundqvist talked about the organization raising its expectations with the success it enjoyed this year. He said he hasn’t had time yet to evaluate his play and what he could’ve done to better meet those expectations, but he will sit down and ponder it during the offseason.

His goal remains the same.

“Obviously, I’m just hoping one day that I’m going to lift that Cup,” Lundqvist said. “That’s my goal. That’s my dream. I’m going to keep working as hard as I can to help this club to accomplish that.”

[audio: lundqvist.MP3]

Ryan Callahan:

• The captain’s wife, Kyla, gave birth to a little captain prior to Game 4 of the Devils’ series. Callahan said it was a baby girl named Charlotte and that mother and baby are doing well.

• On losing: “It’s tough. Any time you’re that’s close to the ultimate prize and what you work for all year, it’s hard. No matter how many days there’s been in between it, it’s still as hard as it was after the game.”

• On if he was hurt (although it wasn’t that convincing): “I’m fine. I’m good.”

[audio: callahan.MP3]

Brad Richards:

• Richards said he still had an “empty feeling” three days after the season ended abruptly in Newark. He thought he would be better next year after a season of experiencing what it’s like to live and play in New York, including the soaring expectations of being the $60-million man.

“I had a lot of fun,” he said. “It was definitely a new experience playing in this city. Being a Ranger is everything I thought it would be — playing in Madison Square Garden. I enjoyed a lot of it. I think mentally it was a little different than most years coming in. I definitely gained a lot of experience and will be better for it now. I had a lot of fun. I had a chance to win. I got that taste back.”

[audio: richards.MP3]

Dan Girardi:

• Perhaps not surprisingly, Girardi seemed intent on bringing back the same team. He thought the Rangers were close already and could’ve altered their fate with another play here or a play there.

“I don’t think there’s much to change,” Girardi said. “It’s a pretty successful season from where we stand. Obviously, we want to still be playing now, but from where we came from last year to this year I think it’s a huge step for us. We’ll all get better from the experience we gained from this year.”

[audio: girardi.MP3]

Ruslan Fedotenko:

• After two years here, Fedotenko enters the offseason as a free agent. Even on breakup day, the veteran was decked out head to toe in Ranger gear — sneakers, socks, shorts and t-shirt. But he said he will take time before making an decision about his future. “Obviously,” he said, “I want to win another Cup.”

Fedotenko was asked if financial security was important to him after signing consecutive one-year deals. “If you look back at the last eight years I think they were all one-year deals,” he said, refuting the notion.

[audio: feds.MP3]

Anton Stralman:

• Like Fedotenko, Stralman is a free agent. “I would like to come back,” he said, but added that he had to consider what is best for him and his family. That could include playing in Europe — even his homeland of Sweden — but he preferred to play in the NHL.

“It’s all about what’s out there,” Stralman said. “If it’s here or anywhere else in the NHL or Europe, it’s all going to be a decision about the whole family and what’s best for us. I always say my top priority is to play in the NHL. I think I can do it. But, at the same time, you have to look at it for what it is and what’s going to be best for the family.”

[audio: stralman.MP3]

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  1. Psst, Josh: Callahan’s wife’s name is Kyla, not Kyle :)

    I wouldnt mind Fed being back at all. He is the perfect 3rd/4th liner.

  2. Czechthemout!!! on

    Kudos to Dubi for coming back so early from a devastating injury. I have heard it said that high ankle sprains take longer to heal than broken bones. So I appreciate Dubi for it.

  3. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    I’m glad you read that late post. Will do, you enjoy the day too.

    Regrettably, we won’t have anything new to argue about for awhile… Go get some brews and burgers, bud.

  4. Way to state the obvious there, Dubinsky. LOL.

    Lev, no there isn’t there at all. But I’m 100% certain it’s not Kyle. LOL

  5. If dubie stays, he will bounce back next year. He cant have any worse of a season.

  6. duckBill PLatypus on

    CCCP, is there really a need for that kind of language with so many female participants on this blog? We have code words for nearly everything, and yet you chose to sully all of us with your lascivious tongue. Way to be classy, bro.

  7. KatieStrangESPN #NYR Asked if he had any lingering ailments to take care of now that ssn is over, Del Zotto said: “Just a broken heart”

    LOL! The guy’s going to use that line all summer to get laid.

  8. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    CCCP May 28th, 2012 at 12:52 pm
    Gaborik has undisclosed injury? Sprained vagina? Forgive my French…
    That looked more like native Czech to me, Trip-C.

    I Babelfished it for french and I got:
    “J’ai un vagin sandy ouchy”

  9. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Ooops… (cowers and waits for a tongue lashing of Torts’ proportions … hehe)


  10. LMAO @ sprained sidney.

    Oh DZ, I wanna give you a hug and a shoulder to cry on after that :(

  11. You guys bagging on Dubinsky claiming he’s not worth anything or has low value are looking too hard at his stats and not hard enough at his play. I don’t think there are many teams that wouldn’t take a flyer on this kid if he were put on the block. No, he didn’t have the best season. But put this kid with a sniper and you can watch his numbers go back up to the place they were when he got $4.25 million. The only way this organization trades him is if it’s to make room for Nash or Parise, the latter of which ain’t happening. In fact, I kind of doubt there’s any resurgence of the Nash rumors too. But I’m guessing there.

  12. Josh Thomson on

    Oops. I knew that, but one letter sure made a difference there.

    I just fixed it. Thanks for the heads up.

  13. You know, Gabby was our leading scorer in the regular season, played every game, and you guys give him grief. What the hell is your problem?

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