RANGERS ROUNDUP: McDonagh, Lundqvist, Buchnevich Vacations, and a Birthday!
It’s August. The dog days of the NHL offseason. Fans are chomping at the bit wanting hockey more than ever. Tweets of “Is it October Yet?” appearing on everyone’s timeline as we wait for the start of the NHL season.
To hold you over, here’s some of the latest New York Rangers news, in this new edition of Rangers Roundup.
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McDonagh on the NHL Network
New York Rangers Captain Ryan McDonagh joined NHL Tonight to talk about the offseason changes the team has underwent. Asked about the roster, McDonagh said “Pretty big turnover… two key guys that have been with me since the beginning of my time with New York, Girardi and Stepan, moving on to different teams. It will give us a different look as far as the veteran leader role. Guys will step up in that area.” On Shattenkirk, McDonagh added “He’s obviously wondrous with the puck and i’m looking forward to seeing him contribute to all areas of our game.”
Chiming in on Girardi’s departure as well as a slew of other topics, Henrik Lundqvist recently spoke with NHL.com’s Tom Gulliti saying “It’s going to be strange, I’ve seen that guy for 11 years and he is a guy you always know what you’re getting and he was so committed to playing a certain style in front of me, of course i’m going to miss him on the ice and especially off the ice (bro 🙁 …) But it’s part of the game.”
Lundqvist Back on Track
In the same discussion Hank asserted that he’s back on track in his offseason training after recovering from a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his left knee on the way to Sweden’s gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.
Having the knowledge now, that he played through that championship game after getting an accupuncture treatment and pain numbing injection (eeeekks the needles!)… I view the Nylander/Lundqvist celebration with a bit of a shriek now. (ouch)
Pavel Buchnevich was spotted in Dubai practicing his reaction for the next time AV healthy scratches him.
Speaking with NHL.com about his summer Buchnevich responded “I went home to Russia for a month. I then went on vacation to Dubai. Just chilled.” Buchnevich also wanted to send a clear message back to New York about his “core.”
Happy Birthday Sam!
The voice of the New York Rangers, Sam Rosen is celebrating the big 7-0 today. Happy Birthday Sam!