According to multiple reports, Henrik Lundqvist along with his New York Rangers teammates Rick Nash, Brad Richards, Mats Zuccarello, Dan Girardi, Michael Del Zotto, and Derek Dorsett have been skating together in the Rangers practice facility, even though camp does not open up until September 12.
Lundqvist even said in an interview that he plans on skating five days a week until the start of training camp.
That’s more good news for Rangers fans, because now Lundqvist is showing that he meant what he said about wanting to stay with the Rangers and can’t wait for this season to start.
Lundqvist seems as excited as he has ever been. Now it’s all up to the Rangers’ new coaches and players to keep him this excited.
I know everyone, including myself, has beaten this to death, but Lundqvist absolutely needs goal support to keep him on the Blueshirts for many more years, and possible the rest of his career.
I mean any goaltender needs goal support, but Lundqvist is by far the goalie that has to work the hardest game in and game out to ensure the Rangers get two points.
Without Lundqvist, it can be argued that the Rangers are not even a playoff team these past few years, including 2011-12 when the team went all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Yes, Lundqvist is that good, but no one man can win a Stanley Cup. Hockey is a team sport the last time I checked.
The Rangers need to have balanced scoring from both their forwards and defensemen plus that same balance has to be there from both on defense.
I’ve said this so many times in my life, but it’s the truth: 99.9 percent of the time, the team with the best balance of scoring, defense, and goaltending wins the Stanley Cup. I know that, you know that, and Lundqvist knows that.