1/30/19 | Larry Brooks said on the NY Post Rangers podcast that he believes Andersson playing in Sweden is “an attempt by the Rangers to rehabilitate an asset so that he’s playing, on the ice, people can see him. I would expect that the Rangers would probably move him by the deadline. I think he will probably be included in a trade, I don’t think you will see a one-for-one, I don’t think there is much value now in Lias, I could be wrong but I would think that Lias Andersson will be part of a trade at the deadline.”
1/26/20 | The Rangers have announced that Lias Andersson has been loaned to HV71 of the SHL.
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Andersson said in a press release, “I am grateful that it was possible to solve in such a good way and look forward to wearing my HV shirt again. I have many good memories from my time in HV71 and will do everything I can to make the club successful.”
HV71 said in their press release, “We are, of course, very pleased that Lias will play in HV71 again. He is an incredibly good hockey player, a wonderful guy and he knows the club well after his years in Jönköping. We have had a good dialogue with the New York Rangers throughout the process and thank them for making this solution possible.”
Andersson has played two seasons for HV71 including their 2016-17 SHL Championship season.
It was reported this week that Rangers President John Davidson had begun communicating with Andersson. (Brooks)
Adam Rotter: Unless Andersson was going to come back to North America and play in Hartford, this was really the only option. The Rangers didn’t have to let him play but holding him out doesn’t do much for either side. Now Andersson can get back on the ice and attempt to build up his trade value. The Rangers still won’t have a lot of leverage in any Andersson trade but, unless he really struggles or gets hurt, being on the ice is better than just sitting around.