Lundqvist played with sore knee late in the season
If there was ever a reason for the Rangers to acquire a dependable backup to play 20 games a year, it is this: The wear and tear of a season during which he appeared in 73 regular-season games plus the Olympics was costly for franchise goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
"The inside of my knee was bothering me for the last month of the season," the Rangers goaltender told Newsday Thursday. "The outside had bothered me before, and this time it was the inside. I had it taped and started getting other treatment right after the season. Nothing invasive, mostly rest. Now I've been skating two or three times a week without equipment."
Funny thing was during the islander game late in the season he got beat on a long shot and stayed down on one knee. People said he looked injured on here and people blew it off. Hank is not a robot he needs his rest to
I've never even heard of him, but to me, this alone is reason enough to bring him back
You've never heard of Chris "THE FORT" Holt???
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I think most players are banged up the last month of the season. I wouldn't make a big deal out of this.
I don't think a reputable back-up starts that much more either. When we're behind in the standings, and Torts asks Lundqvist how he feels after starting 11 out of the last 12 games, Henrik will tell him he's good to go and his coach will listen.
Olympics. You throw that in the mix, and it adds a lot of mileage on everyone active. Especially a star goaltender who's relied on night after night.
People just have to accept the fact that hockey isn't a pantsy sport and players get banged up and play through it. I'd like to see a good back-up here, but that shouldn't be one of our biggest priorities this summer. There are plenty of back-ups capable of providing more consistency than Vally/Johnson.