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Lundqvist supports AV’s decision to start Talbot

Dec 2, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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Henrik Lundqvist is unhappy he’s not starting tonight versus Winnipeg; however, he stands behind coach Alain Vigneault’s decision to give Cam Talbot a second straight nod in goal for the Rangers.

Meanwhile, as if it needed to be said, Vigneault confirmed that Lundqvist is “definitely” still the Rangers’ No. 1 goalie and that starting Talbot again is simply a matter of riding the hot hand.

Of course, all of the above is occurring as Lundqvist remains without a contract extension past the end of the current season. Not surprisingly, Lundqvist didn’t want to talk about that angle, and neither did Vigneault.

Anyway, as we wrote earlier today, without being privy to contract talks between the club and Lundqvist, it would be a stretch to suggest there’s a controversy here, or even that one is on the horizon. For Talbot, tonight will be just his eighth career NHL start. We’re quite certain the Rangers aren’t ready to hand an inexperienced, undrafted 26-year-old out of the University of Alamaba in Huntsville the keys to the franchise after facing 198 shots in the big leagues, even if he did stop 187 of them.

The Rangers’ next game is Thursday in Buffalo.

  1. 950003cups - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    If Talbot gives up a 4 spot in the first period, look to see Lundqvist giggling his butt off.

  2. sportsfan69 - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    That’s happen a couple times with Lundqvist this year. Why would he laugh at Talbot if he hasn’t done in seven games so far. Lundqvist should be worried that his skills might be slipping. That last goal on Friday was pretty weak and it has been common occurrence this year.

    • 950003cups - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      His skills are not slipping. He’s still good. He always goes on bad streaks. This year they are highlighted because there is in fact, another knight riding up.

      Look at the Devils situation. When Marty had those bad streaks where he was being called “old” “washed up” has been” or the best to date “a fake product of great defense” he would work his way through it and have a good year. One of them he backstopped them to the finals in 2012. Now when he has one bad game all you hear is “Start Cory”

      Its true what the athletes say about us:

      Fans Are Fickle

  3. stakex - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Talbot is hot right now, and has played very well to start his NHL career. However at this point its just as likely he will go 0-6 with a .850 S% over his next six games as it is he will continue his good play. I mean even terrible goalies have good runs, and while I am in no way saying that Talbot isn’t a good goalie, the sample size of his games played at the NHL level is just far too small to decide if he’s going to be good or not at this point.

    Although, one has to believe that Sather is hoping Talbot continues his solid play so that the Rangers can play the “Well, we don’t desperately need you back” card with Lundqvist.

    • 950003cups - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      If Sather plays that card, Lundqvist will be spotted driving a U-Haul on 95S towards Philly

      • stakex - Dec 2, 2013 at 6:23 PM

        That depends how hard he plays it. Its a fact that if the Rangers have a competent replacement waiting in the wings (and no one knows if Talbot will in fact be that at the end of the season) that gives them leverage in negotiations. Keeping Lundqvist wouldn’t be absolutely vital at that point and they would have room to push back on some of his demands, should they be too high. If its re-sign Lundqvist or bust though, the Rangers would enter negotiations from a very weak negotiating standpoint, and would likely have to give Lundqvist everything he wants without argument.

        Sather has a long history of playing hardball when it comes to re-signing players, and I doubt Lundqvist will be any different. I’m not saying getting into this kind of pissing contest is a good idea but if there is leverage to be used…. expect Sather to use it.

  4. sportsfan69 - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Let him go, with Philadelphia defense, we”ll see how well plays for them. Don’t get me wrong, Lundqvist is a very good goaltender, but he’s really never had good competition in his position. It’ll make him a better goalie. His focus will be much better knowing he has to perform every night.

  5. bleedrangerblue - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Let Cam play. It’s good competition for both of them and hopefully the Rangers get better.

  6. kastout11 - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    AV, how did that work out for you. Barring injury, I would never sit Lundqvist out on 2 consecutive games.

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