Anyone read the interview with Lundqvist on the DS homepage.
Standard stuff, but this was hilarious:
I remember when Patrik Stefan missed the open net in that wild game in Edmonton in January. We came back here for practice and some of the guys played a funny joke on him. They took one of his sticks and taped another blade on top of the original blade so it was twice as big. It was a huge, thick, double blade. He went out with that stick and played with it for a little bit and took some shots. He was really mad and embarrassed at first after that game, but eventually we helped him laugh about it. I think he can laugh about it today.
Forget about Joel Lundqvist in SEL next season. Everything points to Dallas. The contract is close to be signed.
The rugged center has stated that it will be back to Frölunda if he risks getting sent back to the farm team.
But GP has learned that the negotiations between Lundqvist and Dallas is about a oneway contract.
- I would be shocked if it's a twoway contract that we're offering, since I know that he's in the coaches plans for the next season, says a source with good connections within the team that GP has been in contact with.
According to the source the negotiations are ongoing and should soon be finished, possibly already at the end of this week.
Lundqvist himself is forbidden to comment on this since it's Dallas - not the player - who should report on signed contracts.
"a source with good connections within the team"
Hmm, if I was a swedish journalist that wanted information regarding Dallas Stars the first one to call would be Ulf Dahlen.
I'm excited about Lundqvist. I think he will be a good player for the Stars for several years. I wish the Stars would try him out in a top-6 role though. I could see him being a similar player to Brenden Morrow down the line. Good offensive skills, but will still be a physical presence and do the dirty work.
Lundqvist was a point per game guy in Iowa last season and had 10 points in nine playoff games. Also don't forget he had two goals in the Stars/Canucks playoff series.
We could have needed his clutch play in Frölunda this coming season(in the SEL playoffs, he allways raised his game, and played kind of like Claude Lemieux, without the cheapness). Anyway, congratulations on Joel, i bet there are very few guys in the national hockey league that put in the same effort every shift that he does. It will be very interesting to follow his development the coming season.