Hopefully, for the sake of Dan Girardi‘s sanity, he doesn’t hear all of the heckling. The often-criticized New York Rangers defenseman is aware that he has plenty of critics, however, and hopes to bounce back in 2016-17. That doesn’t mean he necessarily loses sleep about it, as the New York Daily News reports. “I want to come out here and prove I can play,” Girardi said. “I know I’ve got a lot of doubters out there, but I’m not really worried about what’s getting said around here or anywhere else. I’m worried about myself, the team and what I can do to help the team. Just play the best I can and not worry about anything else.” In some quarters, Marc Staal also absorbs at least a portion of the
When Henrik Lundqvist carried a Swedish flag around the ice at the 2006 Turin Olympics with a gold medal dangling from his neck, he was a fresh-faced kid days shy of his 24th birthday. A seventh-round pick in 2000, Lundqvist was in his first season in the NHL with the New York Rangers and still relatively unknown outside Sweden. In his first major international event, he led Sweden to victory in the final Olympics for Hall of Famer Mats Sundin.