Read: Michael Kostka might be a late bloomer

After never putting up more than 21 points in any of his four years at UMass, Michael Kostka has put up at least 27 in every year he has been in the AHL, including a 16 goal and 39 point season with Rochester in 2010-11.

Kostka said in 2012, before playing 35 games with the Maple Leafs and making his NHL debut, that he felt he was getting better and some have called him a “late bloomer.”(TSN)

He said that he almost got a chance to play in the NHL in 2011-12 with the Panthers but was one of the final cuts. He said that the team told him he did a “great job” and outplayed some of their other defensemen but those players were on one-way contracts. Kostka was then traded to the Tampa organization where he won a Calder Cup in the AHL. (TSN)

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Read: Who Carl Hagelin is training with in Sweden

Carl HagelinCarl Hagelin is training in Sweden with a bunch of NHLers and an upcoming Swedish trainer who is generating interest in the Swedish Hockey League as well as the NHL. (Expressen)

Players that Hagelin is training with include Niklas Kronwall, Gabriel Landeskog, Johnny Oduya, Magnus Paajarvi, Patric Hornqvist and Jacob Josefson. (Expressen)

Read: John Davidson on Henrik Lundqvist and how he is similar to Mike Richter

JDDuring this past season, John Davidson spoke about Henrik Lundqvist and what similarities he and Mike Richter have.

JD said that stylistically Richter and Lundqvist are very different but one major thing they have in common is their work ethic, which he called “Dominik Hasek type.” (Rangers)

On what makes Lundqvist a special goalie, JD said that his athleticism and his relationship with Benoit Allaire are two key factors. He says that Lundqvist is big, has quick feet and can move side to side well. “He is just a flat out good goalie.” (Rangers)

Ulf Samuelsson spoke about the two after Lundqvist broke Richter’s record for wins.

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Read: The kind of player that Jesper Fast is

Jesper Fast8/21/14 | 10:35AM: Last season, Jesper Fast played 11 games for the Rangers in the regular season and 3 for the Rangers in the playoffs.

He averaged 11:17 per game in the regular season and 9:39 per game for the Rangers in the playoffs in mostly a bottom six role.

In the AHL, Fast had 17 goals and 17 assists in 48 games.

  • He carries a cap hit of $805,000 this season and is in the final year of his entry-level contract. He will be a RFA after the season.

Fast is described as a “solid two-way player” with speed and responsible in his own end. (

Henrik Lundqvist says that there could be a spot for Fast with the Rangers and that he is a skilled player. (Hockey Sverige)

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Recap: Marty St. Louis on TSN Radio (On his future, the team, John Tortorella)

Marty St. Louis 18/19/14 | 7:44AM: Marty St. Louis joined TSN Radio (David Bastl and Todd Hlushko) this morning at 7:30AM:

  • On playing with Todd Hlushko being a career high, “For sure. That is right up there. I was a rookie and Todd helped me find my way a bit and he was pretty good to me.”
  • On a long year, “for sure it was a long year but I was able to be in positions to win championships and that is what you play for. To win a Gold Medal and be in the Stanley Cup Final, you couldn’t ask for a better year.”

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Read: The jobs that are open in the Rangers lineup

The two jobs open in the Rangers lineup are third line center and fourth line right wing, according to Allan Muir. (SI)

JT Miller is who the Rangers want to fill that role but he will be challenged by Matthew Lombardi who can likely play the “up-tempo” game that Alain Vigneault wants. (SI)

Jesper Fast was in position to fill the fourth-line RW spot but now has to contend with Kevin Hayes who would rather “go through an opponent than around him.” That type of physical play is something the Rangers are lacking while Fast brings a two-way game that may be more NHL ready. (SI)

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Read: Prospect Chris McCarthy is working hard to be a NHLer

Prospect Chris McCarthy says that his goal, like any other player, is to make it to the NHL but once he gets there he wants to make sure that he stays there. (The Mercury)

He said that he doesn’t want to be complacent and is putting in the work now to achieve his goal.

McCarthy started playing hockey in Pennsylvania, went to a two boarding schools in Massachusets, then to Ann Arbor to play for the US National Development team and then to Vermont.

  • He played with Ryan Bourque on the USA Development team in 08-09

The Rangers signed McCarthy as a college UFA last season after his time at the University of Vermont.

McCarthy can play at wing or center.  (The Mercury)

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Read: Henrik Lundqvist isn’t over the Stanley Cup but has learned to deal with it (Updates)

Henrik Lundqvist

8/23/14 | 8:32AM: Lundqvist said that the first week after the season is very tough because his routine of going to the rink everyday is broken and especially this year with how close the team came. He said that sooner after though you start to appreciate the good moments of the year. (Expressen)

8/22/14| 4:24PM: Lundqvist said that “you have to move on” and start thinking about the good things and memories from the playoff run. He said that overall it was a great season and a couple of bounces could have made it different. (

8/20/14 | 7:12AM: Lundqvist says that just getting to the Stanley Cup Final has given the team inspiration to work harder and not only get back there but actually win it. (Hockey Sverige)

He said that now he can look back on the Stanley Cup Final/playoff run and appreciate all the good moments that the team had. (Hockey Sverige)

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Read: Henrik Lundqvist on losing Anton Stralman

Stralman8/20/14 | 8:51AM: Henrik Lundqvist said that the Rangers wanted to bring Anton Stralman back but when you are offered a “very good contract” somewhere else, it’s easy to accept it. (Hockey Sverige)

Lundqvist said that it was hard for Stralman to say no to the offer from Tampa Bay and that these things happen when players have good seasons in their “contract years.” (Hockey Sverige)

On Stralman as a player, Lundqvist said that he was “very good for us, no doubt about that” and was one of the Rangers better defenders at the end of the season. (Hockey Sverige)