InGoal Magazine July 2012 Edition : Page 22
Anders Lindback “Ask A Pro” Interview “Ask a Pro” interviews are regular segments normally found in the InGoal Newsletter. Shortly after the trade of Anders Lindback to Tampa, InGoal took questions submitted by readers on our Facebook Page to Lindback for this interview. T he Tampa Bay LighTning saw a lot of Pekka Rinne in Anders Lindback, which made it easy to send three high drafts picks to the Nashville Predators to acquire the talented 6-foot-6 Swedish stopper. While the size and style similarities between Lindback and Rinne don’t guarantee Tampa’s new would-be No.1 will follow his ex-playing partner’s path to Vezina Trophy candidacy, there is a lot to like about the Lightning’s acquisition. In addition to incorporating elements of Rinne’s game under the watchful eye of long-time Predators’ goaltending coach Mitch Korn, the adaptable Lindback has a burning desire to win, and work ethic to match. Easy with a smile, Lindback also has a calm, laid-back side, one that should allow him to live up to the high expectations Tampa Bay placed on him, without worrying about the external pressure they also created. Scott Slingsby photographs The only thing missing is NHL experience, something the Lightning appear ready to offer next season. Not that Lindback is counting on it. He’s already working to earn it – one of several topics covered when he took time out from summer training in Sweden for an Ask a Pro interview with InGoal. 22 InGoal Magazine June 2012 The conversation started with the need to play more, something he wasn’t going to do with the Predators behind Rinne, who signed a seven-year, $49-million extension that kicks in at the start of next season. “I had two great years in Nashville even though I didn’t play as much as maybe I wanted to, but I made my way to the NHL and that’s a huge step, and I feel like I developed a lot from Day One to the end of this season. I feel like I’m a different goalie, and I’m ready and happy and excited for this chance,” Lindback said. “You always want to play more. I know Peks wants to play every game and I am the same, I want to play every game and I want to win every game. So when he got that contract, it’s obviously a great signing by Nashville to get one of the League’s absolutely best goalies locked up for seven years, but I understood the future was not in Nashville if I want to be a No.1 goalie anytime in the next seven years.” Kevin Rocha asks: While backing up Pekka Rinne, how has your game changed from watching him? Lindback: “It’s more than I realize. I came over and see him playing one way and how the things he does works and so I tried them and developed same things, like the active glove and the way he prevents so many rebounds every game, and the way he competes for every puck.
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