First off, you have to ask yourself, who is Jason York? No, he’s not Mike York, the only York hockey name you’re probably thinking of but Jason York is a Hockey Night in Canada “analyst” and former NHL hockey player. Now before I get into him using the kings name to bring himself any sort of relevancy in the hockey world, he did play for my beloved Adirondack Red Wings so I won’t go full tilt like I normally would.
If you’ve made it this far along in the blog you can probably tell that I’m not a huge fan of Mr. Yorks hockey opinions and here is why.
Mr. York makes two points that he thinks back up his opinion on Henrik not being a Hall of Fame goalie.
“How has he been in the playoffs?”
Henrik Lundqvist has played in 128 career playoff games, going 61-65, sporting a 2.28 GAA and a .922 SV% for the New York Rangers. In terms of other Stanley Cup winning goalies that York mentions, Braden Holtby is 45-37 with a 2.04 GAA and a .929 SV%, Jonathan Quick is 46-39 with a 2.23 GAA and a .922 SV% and Corey Crawford is 48-37 with a 2.28 GAA and a .919 SV%. So yes, similar numbers as these goalies who were on better teams in almost 40 more games.
“There is a humongous difference between pressure in the playoffs and pressure in the regular season”
Pressure: noun; the feeling of stressful urgency caused by the necessity of doing or achieving something, especially with limited time. Henrik Lundqvist is 6-2 with a .958 SV% career in Game 7s, the most pressure filled game in hockey. FACT. If you wanted a goalie for game 7, looking at Henrik Lundqvist numbers, wouldn’t you want him in net?
On top of all of this playoffs talk, lets check out Hanks career stats.
I’m not going to list out all of his stats and accomplishments because you all can interpret his stats above, but how incredible is this? He has 11 years of 30 wins or more. In his 2 years of less than 30 wins, 1 was spent in a lockout season and 1 was spent with AV as a coach without answers. This might be biased, because I am a Rangers fan, but if I had to choose only 1 goalie to be on my team for the last 14 years, I am choosing Henrik Lundqvist.
My guess is that all of this was said to create a stir on the internet. Anytime someone mentions Henrik Lundqvists name negatively all of New York rushes to his aid and rightfully so. Without Henrik Lundqvist the Rangers would’ve been mediocre, from the moment Hank began his NHL career until now. The Rangers were never blessed with names like Kane, Toews, Doughty, Kopitar, Ovechkin, Backstrom and Carlson. The Rangers won with names like Callahan, Dubinsky, and Nash and Richards, both out their prime for the majority of their contracts. The only true “elite, franchise” player the New York Rangers have had play for the Rangers during Lundqvists time in New York is, you guessed it, Henrik Lundqvist.
Now did Jason York do this for attention? My guess is probably. I took the bait, hook line and sinker but I’m okay with it. I’m okay with defending Henrik Lundqvist, one of the best goalies of my generation. I’m okay with defending Henrik Lundqvist, arguably the best New York Ranger of all time and yes, I am okay with defending Henrik Lundqvist, a sure fire first ballot hall of famer.