Here is Anisimov's thoughts on being mentioned in the recent Brad Richards trade rumors...
"There was some nervousness, of course. But I tried not to get caught up in it. I plugged away in practice as usual. Only in the locker room did the guys tell me that it was a real possibility. Naturally, I was very happy that the deal ultimately didn't take place and I remained with the Rangers. It'll give me additional strength to prove that their trust in me isn't in vain, and to help the team win a ticket to the playoffs."
...after a really fast start to the season, Anisimov seemed to hit a wall in January. But I've been very encouraged with his performance the last few games. If the Rangers have any chance of making the playoffs they will need Anisimov to continue his strong play of late.
I have like the was AA has been playing lately. When you see him at his best( Since all star break) you can see the potential that him, dubi, and cally have together, I can see that being a line that skates together for many seasons in the future, which is an awesome thing to see. It's almost like looking at the red wings and seeing these guys who have been playing togther for such a long period of time. It can only make a unit better,
has looked relaxed and confident since the trade deadline passed. i don't think he'll ever be a top-line center, but despite having some ups and downs this year, i rarely see him out of position defensively or take a bad penalty. needs to add strength and work on his faceoffs. glad he's still here.
2ND YEAR PLAYER!! So funny how everyone wanted to get rid of him before the deadline, including Kevin D! ;-) but really was i right or was i right? or was i right? LOL but for real this kid is gonna be a star, those power moves to the net, that dangling, those sweet passes, hes only going to get more consistent with time, weve never had a young player like him, ever, his ceiling is unlimited
SUPERSTAR in the making guys!!!
Anisimov is probably the quietest skill player on this team, often forgotten. Even though he goes through scoring droughts, he has tremendous skill. I don't know if he, or Stepan or Boyle ever projects as a first line center, but all 3 of them down the middle with someone else in the future looks real good for this team. If Anisimov puts on a little muscle, he might start to look like a young Jagr.
@Chris_in_MA Ya. He just looks weak sometimes. its hard to explain. He certainly never muscles anyone off of the puck.
@AdamSchneberg I think the super star talk is a little premature, but if he can put on some muscle and play tougher in traffic he can definitely be a solid second line center in the NHL. I stand by my thoughts that Anisimov shouldn't have been the holdup to bring in a healthy Richards. Dallas' request for a prospect tipped the scale as a no for me.