Henrik Lundqvist just announced on twitter that he is leaving his home in Sweden and returning to New York.
Lundqvist said “Past few months I’ve spend most of my time in Gothenburg. Hanging with family and good old friends has been rewarding. But now It’s time to make a move. Time to return to NYC and hopefully I’m coming back for the right reason like I said..”
HC Davos has announced that if the lockout lasts the entire season then Rick Nash will return to Davos.
Nash left Davos in the first week of December to have a nagging groin injury looked at.
The groin injury has been called “minor.”
On December 11,Michael Del Zotto left his team in Switzerland, the Lakers, and returned to NY/TOR to have a back injury checked out.
Since he returned, Del Zotto has maintained that his injury isn’t serious and that if the season were to start he would be able to play.
Last week, in an interview with Ken Campbell at The Hockey News, Del Zotto continued to say that his injury isn’t serious, “I’m just getting it treated everyday. My health is my number one concern. I enjoyed my six weeks over there but I had to get home and get it checked out by doctors that I trust and am used to dealing with. It’s nothing serious but I just want to make sure I am 100% if the season were to start as soon as possible.
When asked about his contract and situation as an RFA, Del Zotto said “I know that something will get done once the season does start. You think about it but it’s not the number one concern.”
Glen Sather has commented that Del Zotto will “come to his senses” and there have been disputes about how much the Rangers have offered him.
He said that he won’t make a decision on returning to Switzerland until he is 100% and has more clarity on the CBA situation.
Del Zotto spent some of his time before going to Switzerland working at a Toronto area supermarket.
On Sunday, Henrik Lundqvist tweeted that besides the return of NHL Hockey, the one thing he really wanted/needed for Christmas was a toaster.
Yesterday, Lundqvist sent out this tweet:
According to a report in suedostschweiz, Rick Nash’s participation in the Spengler Cup is in jeopardy as he is in NY recovering from a groin injury.
Nash is waiting to get the green light from doctors to see if he can return.
The Spengler cup starts on 12/26 and Davos’ first game is on 12/27.
In the NY Post, Henrik Lundqvist wrote about the lockout, as told to Larry Brooks, and his feelings on what is going on.
Lundqvist said that he felt “excited” when he walked past Madison Square Garden yesterday and was able to see it for the first time in a long time.
Lundqvist said, “So many different thoughts went through my head. I was thinking about how I missed being there, how frustrating it’s been not to be able to play and be with my teammates and in front of our fans.”
He adds “You feed off the game. It’s your life. I never imagined it would be this difficult for me not to play and how much I would miss it. I guess you take it for granted that you will always play.”
To see how Lundqvist has handled himself during the lockout, CLICK HERE.
7:24AM: KalPa has announced that Derek Stepan is returning to North America.
In their release they say, “Stepan is confident that the NHL will start in the coming weeks and he wanted to return to North America in peace to prepare for the NHL season.”
The Rangers currently have no players playing in Europe. Henrik Lundqvist is still in Sweden though.
In 12 games Stepan had two goals and two assists, had 39 shots and averaged 19:17 per game.
THIS SECTION is all about Stepan’s time in Finland.