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Lundqvist: ‘It can only go up’ for Rangers

Dec 10, 2013, 11:14 PM EDT

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After Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators, Henrik Lundqvist told reporters that it’s the worst stretch he’s endured – individually and for the team – since he landed with the New York Rangers in 2005-06.

He did provide The Bergen Record’s Andrew Gross with some optimism, too, though … kind of.

“The only thing I know right now is it can only go up,” Lundqvist said.

Ah yes, the glass-can’t-get-any-less-full approach.

In other grim news, Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault mentioned after the game that the squad lacks the personnel required to make his offensive-minded gameplan work. That comment must leave GM Glen Sather bristling, as John Tortorella also implied that the team lacked the needed firepower to get over the hump after the Washington Capitals bumped them out of the 2011 playoffs.

Losing versatile captain Ryan Callahan for four-to-six weeks probably won’t help the Rangers personnel-wise, either, so times are tough for New York.

The Rangers have dropped the first three games of a nine-game homestand, so the question is whether this series of contests at Madison Square Garden might be a curse in disguise. Then again, if you ask Lundqvist, it can’t get much worse.

At least that’s what the Rangers hope.

  1. devilsarethebest - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    You think so Hank? Ask the Islanders. #10games

    • stakex - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:36 AM

      Yeah…..

      For as bad as the Rangers have been for large parts of this season, they actually entered this game in a playoff spot and still only sit one point back. That has more to do with how bad the Met has been this year, but there is no doubt that it can get much worse going forward…. much worse.

  2. drewzducks - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:21 AM

  3. 950003cups - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    He sucks. Now you’re stick with this for 7 years. Also he took $8.5 off the cap. Nice work Sather! Didn’t know he was a Devils fan.

    • pastabelly - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:23 AM

      Hard to believe two people gave this post a thumbs up. Lundqvist is an outstanding goalie.

      I do agree that he is overpaid, especially at the back end of the contract when he will be 40. Then again, I thought Tuukka Rask’s eight year deal at $7 million a year was high, but he’ll be 34 at the end of his deal. I suppose Lundqvist was already making close to $7M and they felt obligated to do that deal with him.

  4. 950003cups - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Henrik should do ExtenZe commercials.

    Henrik: after I got $59,000,000 from the rangers, I bought a whole lot of ExtenZe. Now it can only go up from now on.

    • biffnasty - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:12 AM

      @gave95003BJs…..good one. That gem is up there with the always classic, *bettman is a jerk*. Any other clever attempts at humor?

      • 950003cups - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:26 AM

        Awwwwee. I hurt your feelings. I am so insensitive.
        If you can’t take the heat, go f yourself.

        Man up, sissy.

      • biffnasty - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        Yes, you hurt my feelings when you talked of needing pecker enlargement pills

  5. blomfeld - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    DET KOMMER ATT BLIR BATTRE KOMPIS ! :)

  6. matt14gg - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Kinda funny how certain guys who have been stars in the past are now struggling with the new equipment rules. I mentioned this before the season started and got shouted down by fanboys (“Crawford’s great, Rask sucks!!!!”), but the guys who rely on “being big” to stop the puck are going to be slowly phased out of the game (Hank, Crawford, Rinne, etc.)

  7. LampyB - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Hows that new coach working out for you?

  8. xdj511 - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Oh Hank… you didn’t watch enough 80’s movies… take Better Off Dead for instance… John Cusack gets into the car… sighs… and says “This is as bad as it will ever be.”

    And then that crazy paperboy jumps on the roof of his car and starts screaming for his two dollars.

  9. nicknyhc - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    If being in a playoff spot or 1 point out of a playoff spot 1/3 of the way through the season is rock bottom then you know you have a good team with high expectations.

    The Rangers are not rock bottom. The Sabres and Panthers are. NY sports fans in general have such high expectations for teams that when they fall 1 point out of a playoff spot the fans get restless. Fans of rival teams see this and jump on the NY team sucks bandwagon.

    Devils, Flyers, Isles fans etc will trash talk how bad the Rangers are right now but they’re still higher in the standings than those teams.

    • nicknyhc - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      Also, if you think ditching one of the best, if not the best, goalies in the game will improve a team you’re stupid.

      Look at the goals last night. Rangers d-men (i.e. Del Ziaster) keep making bad pinches in the offensive zone under the aggressive AV style that lead to breakaways. Under the new system they have one of the defensemen floating down low near the net. A lot of the goals Hank has been giving up have been due to lack of coverage by the d-man down low. They’re having a hard time picking up their man in the slot and clearing the crease.

      I still like the new AV system and I think this is just growing pains.

    • nj666 - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      Its not like the rangers have tons of ground on nj, philly, and nyi. you could very well be out of that playoff spot by next week…

      • nicknyhc - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:51 AM

        Very true. The Metropolitan division is gonna be a dog fight.

        But still….the Rangers aren’t in that bad of a position if they’re in a tight race.

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