Rangers’ Lundqvist kept his eye on the prize this summer, with notes and transcript

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GREENBURGH – It has always been Henrik Lundqvist’s shiny, dangling silver carrot. It is what drives him, what motivates him.

So it’s no surprise that Lundqvist, 34, over an unusual summer that included a first-round playoff flameout, then early training for the World Cup of hockey, continued to think about the Stanley Cup.

“I think the first few weeks, you try to get away from the game,” said Lundqvist, who practiced with his teammates Sunday and will play half a game in Philadelphia Monday, his first action since the World Cup. “First you analyze it a little bit, then you want to get away from everything. You think about other things, do other things that you haven’t been able to do for nine months – be with your friends, travel, stuff like that.

“But then you have moments, yeah, for sure. You think about what’s ahead, what do you want to accomplish? Stuff like that pops up when you start practicing again, when you go to the gym. ‘Why am I doing this?’ And obviously the biggest reason is you want to win the Cup. That’s the ultimate goal, so that’s why you start skating in the summer. I don’t have a number (of times) for you, but yeah, it pops up in your head. It’s motivation. I want to see that, I want to see it in front of me. It makes it more fun to go to work.”

Lundqvist will play half the game Monday in Philadelphia, then a full game in the preseason finale against the Flyers Thursday at the Garden. Backup Antti Raanta will play the entire game in Brooklyn Tuesday.

Lundqvist also did some reflecting over the summer, on what went wrong, and what has to change in 2016-17.

“You reflect (on) it and try to learn from last year, but then you kind of put it behind you,” Lundqvist said. “Right now you just focus on trying to get as good as you can.

“What you learned from last year is consistency is really the key to being a top team in this league. All teams can have great nights, play great games once in a while, but to be consistent, that’s the toughest part. But if you can accomplish that you will have a really good year, and I think that’s what we try to focus on – really try to be up there as much as we can, almost every night. Two years ago we had a great year. It doesn’t happen. You have to make it happen by paying attention to all the details in the game.”

Lundqvist was asked about Rangers coach Alain Vigneault tossing out a number between 52-58 starts as ideal for Lundqvist in a compacted season. That could be a bit of a moving target, Lundqvist said, but it will be an easier schedule for him if the Rangers defend better.

“Last year it was, I think, more games where (I faced) more scoring chances, more shots, and that can take a toll,” he said. “But you can also have seasons where it’s less draining, maybe after some games you’re not even tired, some games you’re exhausted. So stuff like that plays a part, too, when it’s time to rest, when it’s time to play. I’m sure we’ll be on the same page when it comes to the number of games.

“Yeah, they tell me numbers at the start of the year, but in the end, it’s still, you need to find a flow during the year depending on how the games are played, how the schedule looks, travel, a lot of things that you take in. But for me, really, I’m just focusing on the start here, and you build.”

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NOTEBOOK: Zuccarello’s back, McDonagh and Stepan debut, more cuts coming …

Mats Zuccarello was at the rink after his Team Europe run to the World Cup final series. Zuccarello, who also played for Norway in an Olympic qualifying event prior to the World Cup, may not play in any preseason games. … Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan make their preseason debuts in Philadelphia …

Boo Nieves, who’s been out since suffering one of those “upper-body injuries” at the Traverse City prospects tournament, was on the ice at practice Sunday. Josh Jooris (groin) remains out … The Rangers assigned defenseman Sean Day to his OHL junior team, Mississauga. … Vigneault said he expects to make more cuts following the Monday game.

Monday’s lineup in Philadelphia:
Jimmy Vesey-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash; Brandon Pirri-Kevin Hayes-Pavel Buchnevich; J.T. Miller-Marek Hrivik-Robin Kovacs; Tanner Glass-Maxim Lapierre-Malte Stromwall; Ryan McDonagh-Adam Clendening; Ryan Graves-Dylan McIlrath; Chris Summers-Nick Holden; Henrik Lundqvist; Mackenzie Skapski.

With the reassignment of Day, the Rangers have 47 players in camp:
Forwards (28): Chris Brown, Pavel Buchnevich, Jesper Fast, Steven Fogarty, Gabriel Fontaine, Nathan Gerbe, Tanner Glass, Michael Grabner, Ryan Gropp, Kevin Hayes, Marek Hrivik, Nicklas Jensen, Josh Jooris, Robin Kovacs, Chris Kreider, Maxim Lapierre, Oscar Lindberg, Philip McRae, J.T. Miller, Rick Nash, Cristoval Nieves, Brandon Pirri, Derek Stepan, Malte Stromwall, Adam Tambellini, Jimmy Vesey, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello.

Defensemen (15): Calle Andersson, Mat Bodie, Adam Clendening, John Gilmour, Dan Girardi, Ryan Graves, Nick Holden, Tommy Hughes, Kevin Klein, Ryan McDonagh, Dylan McIlrath, Michael Paliotta, Brady Skjei, Marc Staal, Chris Summers.

Goaltenders (4): Magnus Hellberg, Henrik Lundqvist, Antti Raanta, Mackenzie Skapski.

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Henrik Lundqvist interview transcript:

On the World Cup:

“It was different, but it was fun. It was a great experience. We started camp back in Gothenburg (Sweden) and it was obviously a lot of fun to play a game back there, in my old building. It’s always fun to be around great players like that, great guys, too, just fun to get to know everyone. But obviously to play the games, too, it’s a great challenge. In August you start to think about New York, about the new season. It wasn’t all about the World Cup., but what’s ahead of you. It was just a great feeling to come back here, too. I’ve been away for four months. You miss the place, you miss the guys, the rink, the game, everything. So I’m really excited to get going here.”

lundqvist-at-practice“I think the biggest challenge for everyone was to get going as fast as you could. You had a couple of exhibition games, then it was really important games right away. So you practiced a lot, you skated for a month and a half by yourself, then you got together with the  team. Yeah, you had 10 days, but it was more about talking about everything and getting on the same page. It’s a new team. Everybody’s coming from different systems and I think that was the biggest challenge for all the teams. Again, it was a fun tournament but I’m just happy to be back here. It’s been a long break from New York, from this room here. There’s some new faces I need to get to know. But that’s a big part of why it’s so much fun to play hockey. You get to know new guys every year.”

How he feels compared to other preseasons:

“Hard to say, hard to say. I mean, I have another 10 days here to work. I definitely feel I have more work to do before I feel on top of things. I have a couple of games here to keep working on my game, and then it’s just time to go. A big part of it is just the focus, making good reads, good decisions, get the timing right. Technically you’ve been skating now since late July.”

“I’m going to play half (the game) tomorrow, then we talked about one more game. That will be enough. I played five games already, something like that – four maybe. So it’s more getting used to the new players, too, and they get to know me a little bit in the lockerroom and on the ice. Every season when you start you have a new team, kind of.  You have to go over everything. You talk about things in different situations so when it happens in a game you know what to do.”

How he’s viewing what happened last season:

“I don’t know. You reflect (on) it and try to learn from last year, but then you kind of put it behind you. Right now you just focus on trying to get as good as you can. What you learned from last year is consistency is really the key to being a top team in this league. All teams can have great nights, play great games once in a while, but to be consistent, that’s the toughest part. But if you can accomplish that you will have a really good year, and I think that’s what we try to focus on – really try to be up there as much as we can, almost every night. Two years ago we had a great year. It doesn’t happen. You have to make it happen by paying attention to all the details in the game. But it’s exciting to see the new guys come in here. They look really good from what I’ve seen and heard. We’ll see.”

I poorly asked him a question, about whether having the depth and additional speed changes things for him, meaning his mindset about the team, and he naturally he misunderstood:

“Not really. My job is still to stop the puck. It doesn’t change who we have in front of me. The focus stays the same.  It doesn’t matter who you face. Your approach as a goalie is to just stop the puck, keep it simple man. You don’t want to overthink it or over-analyze it too much.”

On thinking about the Cup during the off-season:

“I think the first few weeks, you try to get away from the game. First you analyze it a little bit, then you want to get away from everything. You think about other things, do other things that you haven’t been able to do for nine months – be with your friends, travel, stuff like that. But then you have moments, yeah, for sure. You think about what’s ahead, what do you want to accomplish? Stuff like that pops up when you start practicing again, when you go to the gym. ‘Why am I doing this?’ And obviously the biggest reason is you want to win the Cup. That’s the ultimate goal, so that’s why you start skating in the summer. I don’t have a number for you, but yeah, it pops up in your head. It’s motivation. I want to see that, I want to see it in front of me. It makes it more fun to go to work.”

On the idea of limiting his games to 52-58 in a condensed season.

“I had a meeting with Benny (goalie coach Benoit Allaire). We discussed it a little bit. I’m sure I’m going to talk with AV as well before we start here. Obviously they might have a number in mind, but for me personally I just try to focus on the first week, really, then we’ll see at the end. I know over the last few years we’ve had a number in mind. We’ve been close to that number, but it’s not like it’s going to be written in stone. But you try to accomplish, like, a nice flow to how you go out there and play, how you can manage your practice. So you schedule that, and in the end obviously you want to stay fresh for the playoffs. So there’s a couple of things you need to consider when you look at the number. I know about that number. We’ll see. We’ll see how it goes.

“Last year it was, I think, more games where (I faced) more scoring chances, more shots, and that can take a toll. But you can also have seasons where it’s less draining, maybe after some games you’re not even tired, some games you’re exhausted. So stuff like that plays a part, too, when it’s time to rest, when it’s time to play. I’m sure we’ll be on the same page when it comes to the number of games.”

“It’s been working really well ever since AV got here, and Torts (John Tortorella) and Tom (Renney) and all those guys. They have a great conversation with Benny and Benny talks to me and it’s never been an issue. Yeah, they tell me numbers at the start of the year, but in the end, it’s still, you need to find a flow during the year depending on how the games are played, how the schedule looks, travel, a lot of things that you take in. But for me, really, I’m just focusing on the start here, and you build.”

About the new faces:

“That’s part of being at a training camp. There’s a lot of guys you don’t recognize, a lot of guys you heard about, maybe seen, you don’t know. So that’s why it’s important to get a couple of games, maybe some travel time with guys and really get to know everyone. Obviously the team’s going to change over the next couple of days. There’s a lot of guys right now, but we’re getting close to the start. But it’s definitely, you take this next 10 days to try to get to know everyone, talk to everyone, just get a little sense of who they are. But that’s part of starting a new season. It’s been that way for my 11 years. And it’s fun to get to know guys you’ve played against and have a lot of respect for. I look forward to that.”

“I felt that, after a few days off, I wanted to get going again, prepare for the practice yesterday, get a good practice, play half a game tomorrow. I felt like I had enough rest. Excited to get going again. Like I said, World Cup was a great experience, a lot of fun, but this is really – it definitely feels like home now after so many years now. I really missed the place and it’s a really good feeling to come back.”

Twitter: @RangersReport.

Photos: Top,  by Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Lundqvist at practice, by Rick Carpiniello/The Journal News.

 

 

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  1. L’Shana Tovah to all of my tribe brothers and sisters who celebrate Rosh Hashanah! And everyone else! May you have the best year yet!

  2. Reading the AV quotes, i’d be very worried about our cap situation, it sounds like he’s not best pleased with Girardi and expects more from Skjei and McIlrath. He seems more than happy with Staal, which is good because if he can be the player we want him to be then all we have is a $5.5m headache !!

  3. Stranger Nation on

    Top 5 Cap Hits on Team:
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    Henk: 8.5
    Nash: 7.8
    Step: 6.5
    Staal: 5.7
    Girardi: 5.5
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    combined $34M or 46% of total cap
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    would trade any and all of them, no value of performance relative to cap hit with the exception of Henk but Goalie should NEVER be highest paid.
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    Thanks Uncle Glenny!!

  4. Top of the Morning Boys!
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    Do the Giants have a chance against the Purple People Eaters tonight? Had a chance to be there tonight, would a, should a, could a. oh well.

    SN – so you let Hank walk?
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    Pretty tough to do when he’s been the most consistent player on the team.
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    Nash, Staal, Girardi – could all be flipped for younger talent. Give Gorton time, so far he’s made all the right moves, with the cap space he’s had to work with.
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  5. Doodie Machetto on

    Any word on why Day was suddenly reassigned? I certainly wasn’t expecting anything from him other than being sent back to junior, but why now, outside of an actual round of cuts?

  6. Ha, gerbe and jooris have Switzerland options…if they play there, next time they are on an NHL roster everyone will say they are good enough for the NHL they played in Europe last season.

  7. Cross Check Charlie on

    “Last year it was, I think, more games where (I faced) more scoring chances, more shots”
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    Just say it, Hank. “Boy, the defense was terrible.”
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    I can’t remember ever wanting to watch a hockey preseason game over an NFL regular season game. I’m probably watching the Rangers then switching over to see the Giants. Hockey is just so much better to watch, even with its flaws.

  8. Honestly I’m sick of discussing Lundqvist. Will he get a championship is he the best dressed? Oh he needs a cap on how many he starts stats say this. Didn’t he get injured two years ago come back fresh in March and get shelled by Tampa in the ECF? I’m over him. Stay healthy don’t get beat high 500 times and try not to have one of your implosions w this god awful D in front of you.

  9. Jesper fast is going to play D also since he’s the greatest thing since pickets and sliced bread ;) (per double bubble).

  10. A little touchy Jamie? I gave you the best years of your life rooting for this Sather led bunch of wanna be’s and has beens.

  11. Someone should put some Viagra in AV’s gum so we can all guess whom he will vote for in the next erection.

  12. well, tonight’s roster is getting closer to the real team … don’t fret over that Devs game .. as was already noted, Devs played a lot of their regulars as opposed to NYR with not many of theirs in the line-up…
    yup, Blue Shirts looked pretty un-stable there for a while… but we played quite a few guys who were probably inserted just to reward / give them some or some additional NHL game experience (before they get sent to either Jr’s or Wolf Pack); and let’s face it, there will be some players exposed to waivers at the start of the year who will probably clear them and go to the AHL. Should any get claimed, well, good for them and good for NYR Cap relief…

  13. Lindberg wearing a non-contact jersey. I think we just discovered who’s centering the 4th line opening night.
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    Who does Glass fight tonight? He’ll be itching to show AV why he should keep him around or at least call up when someone gets hurt.

  14. Don’t think Glass has anything to prove. What you see is what you got. “Ceiling” reached lol

  15. To the narrow minded and short sighted: I didn’t say he sucks. I said I’m over the hype. We don’t need “the best” in the world or the NHL. we don’t need him to be an all star or a Vezina finalist. If he wants to go after a Con Smyth and a Stanley Cup? Awesome. But teams have won Cups with the young, inexperienced and the average over the last few years. Might be time to build a team back into one that can compete rather than hoping this guy is the x factor because he’s gonna win games 1-0 in every round of the playoffs.

  16. “There was a time we’d take a guy like you out back and beat you with a rubber hose. now you got your damn unions.”

    “cap, you know I’m not a pro union kinda guy!”

  17. But James, those young, inexperienced and average goaltenders were not the best players on their teams. Those goalies all had players who were expected to carry the team. That is not the case with Lundqvist. For better or for worse, Rangers management has built the team around him. The fact that management has not done the best job of building a team is not on Lundqvist.
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    Granted, Lundqvist has been bad at times in the playoffs, but some forget that the success the team has had – including the run to the Cup Finals was done on Lundqvist’s shoulders.
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    I will give you thins, Henrik could have been a better “team player” and maybe given the Rangers a bit of a hometown discount on his salary. As much as I hate to praise Marty Brodeur, Uncle Daddy didn’t rake the Devils over the coals come contract time. Of course, the Devs don’t have the same access to fishnagels as the Rangers :-)
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    I really wish the Internet existed in the early 1970s to see how Eddie Giacomin and Gilles Villemure and the Emile Francis Rangers would have survived the social media scrutiny.

  18. Since 05-06 season, he’s only had TWO winning postseason records where he was at least a game over .500
    In 13-14 and 14-15.
    That’s it.

  19. Will there ever be another DMan in the NHL like Daneyko who doesn’t score a goal in 255 consecutive NHL games yet has his number hung from the rafters? Never a fan of his, but we could sure use a guy who successfully clears the crease area with enthusiasm.

  20. Doodie Machetto on

    CCCP, which active goaltender that has played in at least 50 playoff games has a good one? Quick and Crawford, basically. Unless a goaltender wins the Stanley Cup more than once, he hovers around a .500 record.

  21. 3C: The Big Bucks today go to pretty-boy DMen who never learned to play D. And since that is so, it will continue starting with the PeeWees.

  22. Doodie Machetto on

    Lundqvist is 8th among active goaltenders in playoff sv% and 7th in GAA (min 25 gp). And that factors in this year’s disaster and his 05-06 disaster. Of the 7 guys above him on the list, only Rask and Holtby have over 40 gp, and neither has 50. One of them (Hiller) isn’t in the league anymore.

  23. Doodie Machetto on

    Coss, I understand your point, but I think you are missing mine. Those guys who can’t play the puck are obsolete. Daneyko’s style of play, especially in front of the goal, would result in him being penalized at least twice per game.

  24. I’m just saying…if you get paid as the best and carry yourself as one, at least come close to the cup more that just once in 10 years. Hank has proven to be a little weak mentally. MHO, anyway.

  25. Doodie Machetto on

    That’s my point. Looking at W-L records in the postseason is a pretty fruitless endeavor. Even Brodeur was only 113-91. Meanwhile, Chris Osgood, the ultimate passenger, was 74-49.

    If you’re team is awesome, you’ll have a good playoff record. If it sucks, so will your record.

  26. Seems to me, though, that we get knocked around pretty good in front of our own net both before and after whistles, while at the other end of the ice, we chase and snow angel.

  27. Doodie Machetto on

    Quick was incredible in 11-12 and he definitely outplayed Lundqvist in the 13-14 Final. No question. Lundqvist has also had two spectacular meltdowns in 05-06 and this year (although I’d argue that this year, the defense in front of him was somehow far worse than he was).

    But how many game 7s has this guy won, with ridiculous numbers? How can you question his mental fortitude in the playoffs? Every other year he’s been nails.

  28. Then I guess we shouldn’t be hard on Lundqvist since you know, Rangers teams suck no matter what :)

  29. Doodie Machetto on

    I think it’s less about us being knocked around in front of the attacking goal and more of other teams staying on their feet and in front so our players can’t skate in uncontested. That and not having any forwards willing to stay in front. The soft one? Please. And Kreider doesn’t have the hands for it. You know who was the last good player we had in front of the goal? Ryan Callahan. And he was not big by any means except in the onion department.

    In Daneyko’s day, when playing in front of the goal meant the goaltender and defensemen had free reign to hack you to pieces, it was about size. In today’s league, it’s not about size. It’s about heart and hands.

  30. People react like I said “Lundqvist sucks. Trade him”…All I said was I’m over the hype. The whole story is old now with the Ewing comparisons and the celebrity stuff. Just play your game stay healthy and don’t implode.

  31. Tax Free = onions. He has been thoroughly denigrated on this blog, but of that (when healthy) there can be no doubt.

  32. Doodie Machetto on

    I think with Lundqvist, we’ve lost more series in 5 or less than 6 or more. I’m fairly certain that’s accurate. In other words, more often than not, the series we lose are the ones where we are getting crushed, not the ones that are close. The two big exceptions to this, I think, are against the Lightning in 14-15, when we lost in 7, but that was so much more about the team just no showing games 5 and 7, and in 13-14, when we were right there with the Kings in a few of those losses and Lundqvist was bested by Quick.

  33. I would hope Beuk would cite it as a glaring flaw in need of correction when it comes to the passiveness in front of their own net. It’s cost them countless times.

  34. Doodie Machetto on

    Joe Pavelski is really the best example of it today. Not a big player, by any means. Scores the majority of his goals from what I like to call the “Andreychuk Position”

  35. If Shampoo Boy can play without Boyle, Yandle and Girardi this season and the team, (including forwards), plays good defense, he’ll look a lot better.

  36. Pockets…sheesh

    I’m with James re hank (and I’ve stated as much several times). I like him, he’s a great goalie, but in the hard cap era I don’t think you can have your goalie be the highest paid player. I also do not think you have to have a top 3 or 5 goalie in the league to win a cup.

    Someone tell me the last time a top 5 goalie has raised the cup…quick…? Maybe. He’s a top 10, so is Crawford but top 5 is pushing it. What are their salaries? Around 6 mil per? Add the 2.5 or 3 mil difference in hanks salary to stepan or split it a couple of ways on a bottom 6 fwd or d and you can add an elite player (in stepans case) or improve the NHL forwards or d by a couple of players with that space.

    Not taking away from hanks ability (top 3 goalie no doubt) but I don’t think necessary to hoist the cup, imho.

    And no doodie, I’m not going to list players that we could or could have acquired with that extra cap space nor am I going to list the goalies we could have instead of hank for less…I just don’t have the time to do that ;).

  37. Doodie Machetto on

    I think it’s less about activity/passivity and more about staying on your feet and staying in position.

  38. Staying on your feet is step one. Step two is to be active on your feet, not a sightseer. I fail to see what’s so difficult about a coach insisting upon that.

  39. Doodie Machetto on

    Wicky, I wouldn’t have suggested that you should. I generally agree on the total cost of goaltending (starter and backup) as a percentage of cap hit needing to be lower in order to win the Cup. BTW, you forgot Tim Thomas, who was unarguably the best goaltender in the world the year the Bruins won. I had crunched the numbers a few months ago and that Bruins team had the highest percentage of their cap tied up on goaltending among the cap era Cup winners and it was still less than our current team, although it was close, if I recall correctly.

    That all being said, the teams that have won the Cup (aside from the Thomas led Bruins) all have at least one home grown top 3 draft pick playing at or near the top level for the league. We do not and have not had that.

    Many, albeit not all, have also had cap circumventing contracts, something that we also failed to take advantage of. Chicago and LA are the biggest offenders in this way and SURPRISE, they have dominated the cap era landscape as a result. Again, the real exception is that Bruins team.

  40. Doodie Machetto on

    I found some posts I wrote on the subject:

    you can win with a lot of money in goaltending. It just means you have to have young cheap talent elsewhere in your roster. Which we certainly don’t have. – In doing a cursory review, however, it does seem our percentage of cap invested in goaltending is above the highest end of all cup winners in the cap era by a couple of percentage points.

    I should add that in 2014, before the new contract went into effect, it was in line with the higher end of past cup winners, percentage wise.

    Pete, you can’t look at raw dollar totals. You have to look in terms of percentage of cap space for goaltending as a position (starter and backup together). In 2014, we were right in line with the Bruins from 2011. – See more at: http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2016/06/01/rangers-player-evaluations-j-t-miller/#sthash.KO3ue0r4.dpuf

  41. Not even concerned about his salary. Or Nash’s at this point because it’s obvious he’s staying put no matter how badly some of us dislike the situation. I dont know I guess this season being what it is I’m just more concerned about the retooling of the blueline and the progression of the new faces -especially the rookies. I’m sure we’ll revisit the Nash situation if he doesn’t produce/stay healthy this year though

  42. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, I’m surprised you didn’t have a little story on Santini seeing as how he’s a local boy for your paper.

  43. I think we have some useful firepower this season, and a competent goalie, but as you say, the blueline is the focus.

  44. Doodie, the loss to the lightning was a complete team effort. If hank didn’t implode in games 3 and 4 (especially game 4) we never even have to go to a game 7

  45. Bull Meechum, in his F-4 at 40,000 ft. on

    I am Santini, the Great Santini. I come from behind the moon, out of the dark, unannounced. Watch out!

  46. “Rick Nash from New York City I’d like you to meet Nick Papageorgio from Yuma”

    —–

    LOL, James! I love that movie!

  47. Doodie Machetto on

    Pete, I think you are getting your games mixed up (I think you mean 2-3 as opposed to 3-4), but your point is well taken. Still, after those games, he had a .936 save percentage. Bishop/Vasilievski, even with two shutouts, only had a combined .886. He put them in a position to win the series and they choked.

  48. Yea I messed up those games, but by the same token the offense put hank in a position to win game 3 for sure and hank choked far worse than the offense ever did. We have to win a game where the offense puts up 5 goals and hank is in net

  49. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Welcome everyone. I am your dam guide, Arnie. Now I’m about to take you through a fully funtional power plant, so please, no one wander off the dam tour and please take all the dam pictures you want. Now are there any dam questions?

    Funny bit.

  50. Doodie Machetto on

    Like I said, I wasn’t disagreeing that he could/should have been better. I was just saying fthat for as bad as he was in games 2-3, they still had a chance to win that series because of how good he was the rest of the way.

  51. leetchhalloffame on

    Dan Boyle presser to announce his press conference. Thought he retired two years ago but if not who really cares?

  52. Doodie Machetto on

    But he doesn’t write for TJN even though you’re both owned by the same parent company.

  53. Andrew’s stories are available for TJN. We just don’t cover the Devils. If he writes something interesting for our readers, we can use it. Just as they use all my garbage.

  54. In a few years, Secretariat can say about Tax-Free: “He’s too old and he has a big mouth.” You can’t win. :)

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