Rangers and Lias Andersson talking about a possible return
When Lias Andersson packed his bags and returned to Sweden late last year, it was a clear sign of the struggles he and the Rangers have gone through that season. After a successful stint with HV71, the team he played for in his draft year, Lias is now looking towards the future. In an interview with Johan Rylander of newspaper Göteborgs Posten he noted as much.
I can confirm we are talking with the Rangers. But what is said between us I will not comment on, respect for everyone involvedAndersson’s agent Patrik Arionsson to Göteborgs Posten
Both president John Davidson and head coach David Quinn have been in touch with the 21-year old center with the goal of having him return for the 2020 NHL playoffs. Lias himself did not comment on the situation other than telling Göteborgs Posten: “I don’t know what to say or not“.
Workouts with Frölunda
Lias is training with his hometown team, the Frölunda Indians and fitness coach Lars Ahlqvist has set out a climb of Bragebacken, one of the toughest hills to climb. Lias leads the team to the top on what is the hottest day of the year so far. Together with Jacob Moverare and Theodor Lennström, the 21-year old Rangers prospect practices with his former team, ranging from workouts in the team’s gym to bicycle rides and rowing.
What we know, is that Lias is under contract for 1 more year with his entry level contract expiring in 2021. It would be logical for him to return to North America once things go back to normal and there is a good chance he will join the expanded roster ahead of the play-in series with the Carolina Hurricanes.
In our next Forever Blueshirts podcast recorded Monday night to be released today, Anthony Scultore covered this topic in a new segment called Rangers Insights. He tells that Lias has been training well beyond the tennis posts on his Instagram. From being on ice and more he’s training to get ready to play in North America. Remember the SHL season and other leagues in Europe were flat out cancelled with no return plan yet. A Swedish source told Anthony “there’s something there” when it comes to his return. Additionally, Andersson didn’t want to come back to the Rangers but appears he’s had a change of heart.
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