Have suggested previously that this wrangle with Derek Stepan can be solved with a little more Rangers money in a two-year deal. Still think that’s how it’s going to shake out.
Henrik Lundqvist on the new pads, which are close to two inches shorter at the top: “The first few weeks was a big difference, but you start to get used to it, a couple more weeks, I won’t even think about it. It’s the same as ‘04-05, when we switched to a skinny pad. You felt a lot smaller, but a lot of it is just mental. It’s just going to be the way I feel, not the coverage. I’m close to just being out there and not thinking about it at all, actually, and I do feel a little faster, so it might be a good thing. When you stand up, you feel it’s easier to move, I still close with my knees more than I close with my pads, so it won’t affect my game that much. I know it’s not going to be something I’m going to blame for giving up any goals.” Lundqvist takes a week or two to break in new pads and said he goes through about four sets a season.
Lundqvist on the number of pre-season games he wants to play:
"Haven’t discussed it yet. When it comes to game stuff, it’s more about how you think and how you see the game, not so much the technique, you work on that in practice."
Quick hits from Alain Vigneault:
If you followed the Traverse City tourney, you’ll understand why the head coach said that Oscar Lindberg, the Swedish center who scored five goals and seven points, “caught our guys’ attention as to how the played and how he competed at both ends of the rink. In training camp, you need surprises. We need some surprises, we’re like any other team, we need to have guys push and that’s what I’m expecting.”
Martin Biron, absent due to a personal matter, called him Wednesday night and said he was dropping his children at school Thursday morning and was driving south to rejoin team.
J. T. Miller “tweaked” his hamstring during the conditioning drills. Vigneault said he was in the process of being evaluated, but trainers don’t believe it to be serious, should be on the ice Friday.
Johan Hedberg on his tryout:
“I’ll try to make the most of it. When I got the call, I thought it was a great opportunity…doesn’t matter if I have a three-year contract or a tryout, I do my best, that’s no difference…
Hedberg, who was bought out when the Devils traded for Cory Schneider, believes that given a chance, he can play in the NHL. “That’s what I’m hoping, and I know I can…With the two-year deal, I was confident that I would fulfill it and fulfill in a good manner…(I want to) get a good camp and see where it takes me. I’m having fun so far…
Hedberg, 40, said the trade was “a little shocking at the time (but) I’ve been around the game a long time, so I understand the things that go on. Quite frankly, if I was Lou (Lamoriello) I would’ve done the same deal... great deal for the team, it wasn’t as good for myself, but the big picture, I can understand why.”