Lost in all the Michael Zotto/Kevin Klein trade excitement yesterday was the return of Henrik Lundqvist to practice after missing Tuesday night's game against the Islanders due to a stomach flu.
And boy does this guy know how to make a return as he unveiled his new pinstriped pads which he could potentially wear during one the of the Stadium Series games at Yankee Stadium (via Rangers Instagram)...
Here's Lundqvist on the pinstriped pads which he's not 100% sure he'll be wearing (via MSG Network)...
Here's a couple of other options for Hank along with what looks like his Team Sweden Olympic pads (via Lundqvist Twitter)...
After practice Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reported that Alain Vigneault announced that not only will Lundqvist start tonight against the Blues, but also both contests at Yankee Stadium.
Here's Lundqvist on his health...
“I feel a lot better today, hopefully by tomorrow I’ll be back to normal. I didn’t eat at all yesterday. I need to eat and drink today to get it back to feeling good. I think by tonight it’ll be good and get a good night’s sleep and be ready for tomorrow, that’s my goal.”
...so I guess "illness" wasn't the new word for pulled back muscle.
...assuming the only person upset by this news was LeNeveu, who was placed on waivers yesterday and is likely headed back to the Wolfpack.
...the Rangers are really going to need Lundqvist back at 100% tonight against a motivated Blues team looking to erase the memories of Tuesday night's 7-1 smackdown at the hands of the Devils.
ALSO. NOTE THAT HANKS PADS ARE APPEAR TO BE LARGER FOR THE OLYMPICS. ARE THE SIZE RESTRICTIONS DIFFERENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PLAY?
why would a starting goalie give up a game to his backup. its not about having fun outside. hes a competitor and he wants to play every game. not to mention i am pretty sure the coach makes those calls. i want a goalie who wants and is hungry for every single game. and hank is that guy. people turn on you very fast in new york. hank started out stuttering a little bit this season and people have been all over his shit. hes a top goalie and hes regained his form. and he is going to get paid. he could have asked for more and gotten in elsewhere but he chose to stay. lgr.
I use to really like Lundqvist, but became less supportive of him after his contract demands in both salary and length. He has benefited from tremendous exposure playing in N.Y.C., playing in the outdoor game a couple yrs. back, and of course, the Olympics. I'm very disappointed to read how he is now playing in BOTH outdoor games this year. You would think he would give up one of the games to Talbot, who would cherish the opportunity to play on a bigger stage. Sorry Henri, but you are falling fast in my eyes, and in this "It's all about me" world. No class!
has anyone ever sat in the suites at MSG? my brother works for coke and his boss gave him 2 tickets for the Avs game an it's in the suites. needless to say I AM STOKED!!! I'm just wondering about what to expect. I'm sure they're tricked out and great for people not interested in the game, but I'm just curious about sight lines and crap. it's hard to tell from internet pics.
There's a lot of talk about the Rangers suffering a letdown after the Olympics because of the 7 players they have going over. Not to be a voice of doom, but I'm a helluva lot more worried about some of these players not coming back at all! I really just don't trust the security in Russia AT ALL. I'd say the US athletes would probably have more security, but I'm not so confident in Sweden, Canada, and Norway. It's not like nothing has ever happened at an Olympics. Hopefully I'm just being paranoid.
Christ thats a lot of equipment! I wonder if Hank thought about asking for a second stall in his contract negotiaitons. Between suits, hair and skin care products, and 5 sets of pads, the guy practically needs his own room...
I'm not a big fan of the pinstripe pads. I think if i sold all the equiptment in that picture I could put a down payment on a house.
I like the pinstripe pads but I like the red whit and blue sleeve and leg piping ones better. wear one for each game.
also those Olympic pads look bigger. I hope if they are bigger he doesn't have a transition period again after the Olympics like he did earlier in the season when he had to get used to the smaller ones.
People are not paying $250+ per ticket to see Cam Talbot. All about the $$$ not Hank's ego. I would say it's pretty likely that fatty starts the devs game too, even though he's not the #1.
What? So it's Hank's fault that AV is starting him for both games? Frankly, after carrying the load for the past 7 years, he absolutely deserves it. What professional player in their right mind would GIVE UP an opportunity to start any game??
@johnAMIRANTESrug I sat in a suite once, but that was pre-renovation, so I can't speak for how it is now. However, you do get food, drinks, bar, and former players do stop by and say hi, sign stuff, etc. (I met Stephane Matteau) I was a guest, so I was focused on the game, but there was a lot of business chatter and networking going on. Comes with the perks of being invited to a corporate suite. Oh, and be prepared to be asked "who are you and how are you connected to the business who owns the suite?"
I never did myself, but I know someone who did. He said it was ridiculous. Food, Liquor, former players milling about (he met Messier and Leetch), TVs all over the place and a good view of the game. Sounds like it would totally suck. You're probably disenchanted now, so as a fellow fan I would be happy to make the sacrifice and go to the game in your place ;-) Enjoy!!!
in retrospect, Sochi was probably not the best choice by the IOC, considering it's surrounding locale and history. Let's just keep our fingers crossed.
Trying not to think about it, but yes, with all these reports of security threats, you can't help but wonder "what if"? I've got a close family friend who works for NBCSN who is going over, and have to admit I'm a little concerned for her well-being.
You do have to wonder though, how much is this also a factor of us just knowing more year after year with the internet and Social Media. There are always rumors and scenarios and threats, but now theyre on twitter and youtube, instead of VHS tapes being mailed in shady envelopes to embassies. We'd all like to believe that it will be taken care of and everything will turn out fine. But you're right, its not like its never happened before, someone did manage to set off a bomb in Atlanta, on our own soil, so nothing is ever impossible.
Add "game worn" or an autograph and you couple probably pay straight cash with no mortgage...
I hope its just the way they're stacked up, but youre right, definitely looks like he's taking advantage of the international rules not following the NHL's adjustment to shorten the pads. Expect a few extra "five-hole" goals in the week of games after the Olympics.
As for the pads, the pinstripes are cool in theory, but when you picture it with the jerseys, the white with the red and blue stripes clearly go with the uniform more.
I know a lot of goalies utilize the white pads to appear bigger, almost blend in with the boards when a shooter looks real quick, have to wonder if the pinstripes give a little too much away as far as shape and size.
No matter how my day is going, whenever someone calls that big cry baby "fatty" I have the biggest grin on my face!!! Thanks gravey
"People" do not get to pick who they see play. If Lundqvist gets sick or injured, then obviously Talbot plays. Just saying that this would be a classy thing to do.
@boogiepickerA professional player with class... today they're hard to find.
@GottalovetheblueHappy to help ;-)
Actually, "people" do make that decision. It may not be something in writing or that can be proven, but I'm willing to go out on a limb and say that there's an underlying agreement that teams who play these games are expected to play their marquee names, barring injuries of course.
She'll be texting the whole time. I don't think she even knows there's a game going on.
Athletes are telling their families to stay back home, a lot of them feel like its too much of a risk, and probably a burden, too, if something were to happen during a game, as a player, I'd just want to be focused on getting myself out and knowing my family was safe thousands of miles away.
The article implies that the NHL could step in and suggest players not attend. Wouldn't that be interesting?
Not to get political, but its interesting the lengths that terrorists will go to, that there are no lines, and essentially, no one is safe. The Olympic have always (in theory) served the purpose of a safe haven, where despite whats going on in the world, we come together as humans, regular citizens, and compete in sporting events. Even the Nazi's managed to host the Olympics and dial-back their antisemetic message (although, in hindsight, that was as much an propoganda effort to fool everyone as it was to b a good host.)