August 26, 2020

Rangers RFA, Brendan Lemieux heading back to NY and loves being a Blueshirt

Rangers need Lemieux’s sandpaper (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

Rangers forward, Brendan Lemieux was a surprise guest on his good friend and teammate’s podcast. Tony DeAngelo and his cohosts went one-on-one with Lemieux touching on several topics.

Brendan Lemieux coming back to NY to train

On the latest episode of the Watch Your Tone podcast, “Pepe” as DeAngelo affectionately calls Lemieux revealed that he just finished his vacation fishing in the Carolinas and is heading back north. “Tomorrow I head back to New York to get back to work and start training,” Lemieux said about preparing for next season.

Lemieux hinting at his future desires

When it comes to Lemieux’s future this summer, naturally there was no direct questions asked. However, DeAngelo asked Brendan to talk about playing for the Rangers.

“I love Rangers fans, I love playing for the Blueshirts, I love the blue seats and the blue collared fans which is obvious with the way I play,” he said emphatically. “I love playing at Madison Square Garden,” he continued. “I mean there’s no better city to live in and there’s no better place in the world.”

These are basically the same sentiments his agent and father, legendary player Claude Lemieux echoed a year ago when we talked about his last contract negotiations.

Hopefully the two sides can work out a fair contract and not have to deal with arbitration this summer.

Other takeaways from the podcast

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Brendan Lemieux Rangers (Photo Brett Holmes/IGetty Images)

I highly recommend listening to the show. It is very rare to hear two current athletes openly talk about the way their season went.

Lemieux admitted it was very tough for him how the season shook out with the suspension and the pause. He was unhappy watching Jesper Fast get hurt and being in the stands.

DeAngelo went further and called Lemieux’s return to the lineup in game three one of Brendan’s best games of the year. Tony even opined that had Lemieux been in from game one, the series could’ve gone differently.

Another great takeaway from the chat was the discussion surrounding playing in the AHL, which both said was a great experience. It was interesting to hear their own thoughts on how prospects need to be handled. In particular offensive forwards projected as top six prospects being used as 4th liners thus hurting their confidence.

It’s a great listen and should be checked out.

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