Why Henrik Lundqvist has to go.
So, I will come under some extreme fire here. And, I can take the heat.
But, as much as I love the guy and his oozing of class - He has to leave the Rangers. 1) He 'deserves' a cup (no one deserves a Stanley Cup btw). 2) He's not a team first kind of guy.
Hear me out on this one:
Which other NHL'er has their own logo printed onto their team issued game-day apparel? (PK Subban raises money for charity with his limited run of skates.. completely different).
No one. Even when Ovechkin had his own Ovi line of clothing, sticks, and equipment with CCM he never once put that logo on Washington Capitals issued gear. Why? Because, the name on the front, is a hell of a lot more important than the one on the back. Thanks Herb.
He's a good goaltender and can win you regular season games. But, I believe that goaltending has gotten so good in the last 5-10 years that all goaltenders in the NHL, AHL, ECHL, SM-LIGA, KHL etc are all the same. Wait what?
So, I won't get into the nitty gritty. There was a study done (with Castrol Edge) that Goaltending is a position that doesn't even rely on reactions. It is built into the brain muscle memory and it's all how a player lines up for a shot. That's why the backhand is so lethal.
Also, Goaltenders are the only players I have ever seen working on their game continuously. They are on 20mins before and an hour after. Taking shots, angels and stretching out. They take every session seriously and work on their craft. Players should take note of this and work more on the fundamentals; like ya know...Skating.
Back to my point. Lundqvist may steal games in regular season but when it comes to play-offs and beyond all goalies are relatively the same calibre. Sparks (Toronto), Darling (Chicago) and Condon (Montreal) have all proven that the path from the ECHL to the NHL isn't as troublesome as it is for players. Anyone remember Tim Thomas? How could you forget...
What drives me nuts about him is this. Game 3 Stanley Cup finals - losing at the end of each period. Buzzer sounds each period and he's the first one off the ice. Ok, he's rattled that he's losing or he's 'in the zone'. NO. He is a leader and veteran guy - If you have no confidence in your goalie and he's rattled you will be rattled on the bench.
Crawford, Quick, Fleury and Halak all wait - fist bump each guy and get the boys going. That's leadership and it starts in the net.
He'll win a cup maybe. Just not in New York.