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Breakup day interviews: Lundqvist, Callahan, Richards, Girardi, Fedotenko, Stralman
Posted By On May 28, 2012 @ 12:38 pm In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 31 Comments
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.
• 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.”
• 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.”
• 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.”
• 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.”
• 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.
• 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.”
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