All Aboard! Henrik Hopes to lead the Rangers to the Promise Land
New York, NY - New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was recognized by having a double-decker Gray Line sight-seeing bus. The All-Star net miner, who has accomplished a lot in his young career so far, has not yet led the New York Rangers to the Promised Land, of the NHL Playoffs and Lord Stanley’s Cup.
Lundqvist hopes to do just that as the start of the 2010 hockey season is just around the corner. New York is going to need more then the Swedish net minder if they hope to hoist Lord Stanley’s cup once again. The return of Wade Redden, Marc Staal and Michal Rozsival to a solid core of defensive players will certainly help the Rangers in the up and coming season.
In a nice addition of Steve Eminger to the Rangers should give the defense a championship presence that has been sorely missing. Eminger, who skated in 63 games with the Anaheim Ducks this season, registered four goals and 12 assists for 16 points in the 2009-10 season. As Rangers fans all know having an offensive option on defense and someone with puck smarts is something that they have missed for some time now.
The return of Chris Drury, Ryan Callahan and Vinny Prospal are expected to lead the Rangers offensively. Another key to the Rangers offense will be the emergence of rookie Brandon Dubinsky who scored a career-high 20 goals last season. The team hopes that the young center will not go through a sophomore slump and continue to provide key goals throughout the season. An addition to the 2010 offensive line will be 24-year-old winger Tim Kennedy, who skated 78 games with Buffalo in the 2009-10 season.
Kennedy registered 10 goals and 16 assists for 26 points last year, also recorded two multi-post performances along with tallying three game winning goals for the Sabres. This will be something that the Rangers sorely needed considering how many games they were not able to close out last season.
Finally the key part to any success to the 2010-11 New York Rangers season was the man that was honored with a double-decker bus-Henrik Lundqvist, who the team will need another All-Star season from if they want any chance to make the playoffs. Good news for Lundqvist is that if he needs rest he will not have to worry about his backup keeper, as in one of the smarter off season moves the Rangers acquired Martin Biron to help with the goalkeeping duties.
Biron not only brings solid goalkeeping, but a playoff resume to the Rangers will spell Lundqvist when needed, and expect the backup to get some quality playing time. As the New Jersey Devils will be able to tell you-it is important to rest up the starting keeper. And Lundqvist is no exception, Biron is a great backup and both keepers success will be a part of the success for this 2010 season.