Lias Andersson breaks silence about leaving Rangers and suspension

Andersson (Jim McIsaac/Newsday)

Lias Andersson broke his silence in a TV interview today in Sweden. The interview appeared in Sports Bladet and I reached out to the author, Anton Johansson to get the best translations possible.

About the situation:

I will tell you about it someday. I can’t say too much about it in live-tv. It’s been a tough situation, it’s been hard and I will explain it one day so people will understand. 

About what’s happening now:

I’m suspended from hockey because of some incidents I won’t get in to. That’s what’s happening and right now I’m not doing that much except watching some hockey. 

Of course I want to play but I will talk about it moving forward. Now is not the time. It’s been an untenable situation for me as a person. It feels good to be home and be able to rest.

I have a small lower body-injury that I’m trying to take care of. 

About being home:

It’s good to be home again, I needed it as a person. It feels good, it feels safe to rest up my body and my mind. 

About the future:

I dont think that much actually. I’m trying to get my injury in check. Of course I want to play hockey but I’m not allowed to anymore. My contract is for one and a half years. And if it gets real bad it will be one and a half years without hockey but I hope not. Hopefully we will reach a solution so I can play again.

About his motivation:

The motivation about hockey has been bigger. I miss it but I have an injury and other things to take care of first. 

Additionally he spoke more about his situation and mental health with Swedish Newspaper Göteborgs-Posten.

There is a career that’s more important – and that’s friends, family and my health. Hockeywise, we’ll see in a couple of years, it might not be the best decision i’ve made if I want to play in the NHL. But there’s hockey to play elsewhere. Many thinks that it’s a hockeybased decision that i’ve made but it’s for my health. There’s been a lot of incidents that have affected me personally, thing that have made me feel bad mentally. Hockeywise it might be an idiotiic decision, but I have to think about my personal life as well. 

Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at... More about Anthony Scultore

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