Rangers Roundup: Lundqvist on ice with Frolunda, Panarin on Zibanejad, and Quinn on analytics
Good morning fans! Here’s the latest New York Rangers news and notes for you to catch up on. We start in Sweden where brothers Joel and Henrik Lundqvist are practicing on Frolunda ice.
The Frolunda Indians tweeted out some photos of Henrik Lundqvist and his brother Joel today practicing. They even sent out this sweet clip of Joel getting the best of his twin on a shootout. I’m pretty sure, it doesn’t happen often.
In a Swedish interview, the topic of his immediate future was brought up. Lundqvist was candid and expressed what he’s said before, and that is to speak with the Rangers when the season is over. However, playing again in Sweden with brother Joel with Frolunda seems like a real possibility.
“I hear that Joel gets a lot questions about that,” Lundqvist said laughingly. “I’ve never closed any doors, but I have an NHL contract and the plan is to finish that. Then yes, we will see what happens.” Well after that goal, Hank may want to make sure they are on the same team.
David Quinn of Panarin, Zibanejad, and Kreider’s talents
David Quinn was on MSG AT HOME and had some fun things to say about his most talented trio of forwards.
Panarin Chimes In
The NYPOST caught up with Artemi Panarin for an interview and I thought it would be fitting to include two tidbits here after DQ’s comments above. On Mika’s play he said, “Great all-around player with speed, skill, hockey IQ and everything else. I’m very glad he is part of our team and is a huge part of the team.” But when asked about David Quinn, his response was funny but insightful, “I don’t want to get in between father-son relationship, so it’s best to ask Mika about Coach Quinn. But all jokes aside, he’s a great coach on and off ice.” Quinn’s love for Mika is unabashed as he has had nothing but high praise, and deservedly so all year.
Quinn on Analytics
In what is sure not to satisfy Hockey’s spreadsheet samurai, coach David Quinn admitted that he has plenty of data but still relies on his subjective view of his team and players’ play. Quinn’s answer was diplomatic but not dismissive of analytics, which is something you will find with most NHL coaches.
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