Rangers must decide to loan Andersson as SHL interest grows

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Lias Andersson is in Sweden and speculation is growing that he will be playing for an SHL team soon. Whether that be Frolunda, HV71 or another squad remains to be seen. However, the decision to loan him will be on the Rangers, if it isn’t already there in front of Jeff Gorton.

Reported Interest

We’ve been on this story since Sunday when we told you that Andersson’s visit to Sweden might be awhile. That was followed up by yesterday’s reports that Frolunda would be interested in him should the Rangers put him on loan.

Now we have comments coming from HV71 that they along with 14 other teams would be in on Andersson if the Rangers allow him to play in the SHL.

Johan Hult (HV71 manager) says that he has had contact with Andersson during the fall, including when he was in New York and met both Andersson and another former HV profile in Jesper Fast. However, he has not been in contact since the fight with Rangers began for Lias Andersson. In this whole situation right now, it’s the Rangers that control the whole bit, they’re the ones sitting on all aces right now. That’s where the ball is. But somewhere, for Lia’s sake, one hopes he gets some hockey. He is an extreme hockey guy.

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The interview with Johan Hult went straight to the point when it was asked if the Rangers made Andersson available would they be interested.

Of course we would be. It is an incredibly good hockey player. But if Rangers were to open for games in SHL I think there would be 14 clubs interested, haha.

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So if the Rangers want to get Andersson’s value up, they need him playing and the SHL is the best way to do it. I expect Jeff Gorton to work it out and make it happen soon.

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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