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Former New York Rangers goalie John Vanbiesbrouck recently joined beat writer Jim Cerny at the NYR Alumni Golf outing to talk Henrik Lundqvist's Vezina from last season, his feelings on no longer being the last Ranger to hold the award and what the mold is to be a great NYR goalie.
Beezer will always a spot amongst NYR fans in the long line of high-quality goalies that have played for the franchise. Kudos to him for giving props to Lundqvist and saying he should've won it for the 2010-11 season, too.
Yes he did win 31 games, but you know the NHL was in a different era when stats like an .887 SV% and 3.32 GAA nab you a Veznia trophy. Can you say run-and-gun?
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According to his Twitter account, New York Rangers star goalie Henrik Lundqvist may head for Europe to if the NHL Lockout persists over the next few weeks.
My plan right now is to stay in NY for a few weeks to practice. If this drags on I might go home and see friends and family back in Sweden.
— Henrik Lundqvist (@HLundqvist30) September 19, 2012
First Nash to Davos, then...
Nothing new has surfaced on the NHL vs. NHLPA front in regard to the current lockout, but some of the Rangers are making moves to play elsewhere during this work stoppage.
The first of those is newly acquired winger Rick Nash. According to the Daily News, Nash is close to signing a deal with Swiss A-League hockey club Davos, where he spent his time during the lockout of 2005...
The news yesterday was that newly acquired winger Rick Nash will be headed to Switzerland to play with Davos in the Swiss leagues. Nash will re-join Joe Thornton with the club, as they both played there during the 2004-2005 lockout.
Nash is the first –and likely only– Ranger to head oversea, but he is not the first player to announce he is heading to Europe. Several players have...
The lockout is now real and some New York Rangers have begun to make commitments to other teams for the 2012 season.
Already Rick Nash has inked a deal with HC Davos to reunite with Ranger hater Joe Thornton, where they both played in the last lockout.
The Fourth Period also reports that Carl Hagelin is in talks with Sodertalje SK of the Swedish Div II League.
Though early reports...
Update, 12:35 p.m.:
#NYR Rangers are skating at MSG training center in Westchester. They are leasing ice from the team but not allowed to use rest of facility
— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) September 17, 2012
H/T to reader JoeWest297.
Via text: Brad Richards says as of right now, likely not headed overseas, focused on working out here for the time...
Over the weekend the Rangers released the CT Whale's preliminary roster and here's how it looks...Forwards: Ryan Bourque, Tommy Grant, Michael Haley, Marek Hrivik, Kyle Jean, Chad Kolarik, Chris Kreider, JT Miller, Kris Newbury, Brandon Segal, Christian Thomas, Jason Wilson, Andrew YoganDefense: Sean Collins, Steven Delisle, Dylan McIlrath, Jyri Niemi, Blake Parlett, Logan...
By Kristin Tullo (@KToools)
The New York Rangers are coming off of their deepest playoff run since losing to the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1996-1997 Eastern Conference Finals and while they seem to have the roster to advance beyond the Conference Final and win the Stanley Cup for the fifth time in franchise history, the 2012 NHL lockout could not only ruin the teams...
Despite the lockout, there is still some hockey to be played that affects the Rangers organization. The Rangers website has the preliminary roster for the Connecticut Whale this year:
Forwards: Ryan Bourque, Tommy Grant, Michael Haley, Marek Hrivik, Kyle Jean, Chad Kolarik, Chris Kreider, JT Miller, Kris Newbury, Brandon Segal, Christian Thomas, Jason Wilson, Andrew Yogan.
Yesterday, I posted that Carl Hagelin "is very eager" to return to his homeland and join Swedish second-their team Sodertalje during the NHL lockout.But his agent, Alec Schall, is saying the Rangers winger hasn't made a decision yet (via New York Times)..."We're absolutely exploring options in Sweden. That is Carl's hometown and the team where he played...
Spoke to New York Ranger Michael Del Zotto via text on possibility of playing overseas during lockout, "I don't know what I'm doing."— Josh Rimer (@JoshRimerHockey) September 17, 2012
...tough spot for Del Zotto. Without a contract he probably has legit concerns about being injured during a game overseas....i also wonder if he's been invited to the Rangers...
Doug McIntyre at ESPN Insider translates a report out of Sweden that Carl Hagelin "is very eager" to return to his homeland and join Swedish second-their team Sodertalje during the NHL lockout.Here's Sodertalje sports director Per Nygards on Hagelin's contract possibly preventing him from playing overseas..."It's a little messy. I know that he will meet...
Over at USA Today, several NHL fans were contacted for their thoughts on the NHL lockout currently in progress. During an obviously frustrating, getting a chance to vent can be a form of catharsis for all NHL fans.
Here's New York Rangers fan Charlie Vidal, 22, and his thoughts:
..."Don't they learn from history? Everyone's greed is what prevented them from playing...