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Lundqvist misses second straight practice, Rangers say he’s day-to-day

Oct 22, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

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The Rangers didn’t need any more bad news, given they’re off to a 2-5-0 start and already lost captain Ryan Callahan to injury.

But when it rains…

On Tuesday, the club announced that Henrik Lundqvist is “day-to-day” with a “minor issue” after the starting netminder missed his second straight day of practice.

Here’s more, from Newsday:

Ludnqvist was on ice [Tuesday] at the MSG Training Center for a few minutes before the team went on for pactice, wearing a t-shirt, shorts, socks and skates, and appeared to be testing his skates not far from the bench, while the Zamboni cleaned the ice.

This comes after Lundqvist was reportedly given Monday off as a “maintenance day,” according to a Rangers spokesman.

While this may amount to nothing — New York doesn’t play again until Thursday vs. Philadelphia — any potential injury to Lundqvist is newsworthy given the unstable nature of the team’s backup position.

Veteran Martin Biron announced his retirement just a few days after the club placed him on waivers and, upon clearing, assigned him to AHL Connecticut.

In Biron’s place, the Rangers are rolling with the duo of Cam Talbot and Jason Missiaen. Talbot backed up Lundqvist in a 2-0 win over the Capitals and Missiaen backed up for Saturday’s 4-0 loss to New Jersey.

Neither has any NHL experience.

  1. jaredo10 - Oct 22, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Dont mean to go off subject but mark my words. Kreider will help turn this team around, expecting big things from him now that he got called up

    • stakex - Oct 22, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      He might have an impact. There is little doubt he has a lot of offensive potential, and if he gets first line minutes with Richards and Stepan he might finally find some regular season success.

      Even if he does have an offensive breakout though (and that’s a big if at this point), that alone will not turn the Rangers around. He can’t help the Rangers messed up defense, or their struggling goaltending…. which are just as big of issues as their lack of offense.

  2. nj666 - Oct 22, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Ha, this will be his last season in NY..

  3. fishtender41 - Oct 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    ^^ You have just made us stupider for having said this.

    • 950003cups - Oct 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      That’s not possible

  4. 19to77 - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Gee, it sure would be nice if the Rangers had an experienced, veteran backup to shoulder the weight while Hank’s healing. It’s a shame they haven’t had one for so long. It’s been, what, two or three whole days since they last did?

    • xdj511 - Oct 22, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      There was obviously more going on with Biron than poor play. Cam Talbot looked very good in preseason and I’m interested to see how he fares once he actually gets a chance to play.

    • fishtender41 - Oct 22, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      A peewee would have stopped more then Biron at this point. Talbot will be a better move in both the short and long run.

      • barkar942 - Oct 22, 2013 at 10:07 PM

        This from Hockey Night in Canada interview with Biron-
        “Marty Biron said that he has been thinking about his decision to retire for some time now. On Monday, he told Hockey Night In Canada Radio that he had a difficult time leaving his family and heading off to the NY Rangers training camp after the NHL lockout ended last January. Then, in September, he had a difficult time leaving his family in Buffalo to travel with the Rangers to Banff, Alberta to participate in his 17th NHL training camp. Biron said that he took a day and traveled home to Buffalo where he sat down and had a heart to heart with his wife and parents about his NHL career.

        Marty said that his final decision revealed itself last Thursday when he and his son sat down at their suburban Buffalo home to watch the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks play on TV. Biron said that he enjoyed sitting down watching the game and admiring Ryan Miller and Roberto Luongo as they both made a few great saves apiece, Marty thought to himself: “I don’t see myself doing that anymore”. That’s what sealed the deal for Biron. He thoroughly enjoys the game, he enjoys watching it, however, he doesn’t see himself playing in the NHL again.”

        Perhaps this explains why. It sounds like his heart just wasn’t in the game any more.

  5. stakex - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Well if there is a good game for Talbot to get some NHL experience, its Thursday against the Flyers. After all the only team in the East with a lower goals per game average then the Rangers, is the Flyers.

  6. 950003cups - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Lundqvist out with a Broken Ego suffered against a previously winless Devils.

    If I’m Lundqvist I’m calling my agent and yelling “Tell Sather YES YES YES!!… I don’t care what the offer is, JUST TAKE IT!!!”

    • xdj511 - Oct 22, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      Ugh. Devils troll. Where’s my spray bottle? BAD!

      • fishtender41 - Oct 22, 2013 at 5:36 PM

        Such little pests…just waaa waa waaa in your ear whenever you are trying to have a conversation about teams that people care about and have a following.

    • barkar942 - Oct 22, 2013 at 10:01 PM

      No. He will wait til free agency and take the Islanders $10,000,000 per year 8 year offer.

  7. banger60 - Oct 22, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    what century will kreider help?

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