When asked about Lias Andersson tossing his silver medal into the stands following the World Junior Championship, Alain Vigneault said that you want players who want to compete.
He said that all reports he has gotten on Andersson suggest that he is a "real competitive young man" and that while there are behavior and conduct questions about what Andersson did, Vigneault said "he is a young man and he wants to win and that is real positive."
Montreal's Max Pacioretty told Emna Achour "I loved it. You don't get a medal for losing in the Stanley Cup Final, right? So I loved it. I thought it showed a lot of emotion, these kids are young and it was a spur of the moment thing. I loved it. It shows how badly he wanted to win and I have no problem with that."
Former NHL goalie Corey Hirsch tweeted, "I would take Lias Andersson on my team anyday. I played with his dad in Nashville. One of the kindest people ever. Love that he showed some passion. "
Andersson's father said that Lias was in the tournament "to win" and said that he know, as captain and everything, how much Lias "wanted this. (Hockey Sverige)
Larry Brooks wrote last week that the Rangers can never have enough players with that type of "passion" and "visceral reaction to losing."(NY Post)
Brooks writes that Andersson is under consideration for Sweden's Olympic Team next month. (NY Post)
He notes that it's possible that the Rangers could keep or call back Andersson and have him join the team. (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: If Andersson can turn into half of the player as another ultra competitive Swede that despises losing, the Rangers will have a hell of a player. The first name thought I had when I saw the clip of Andersson doing this was that it reminded me of Henrik Lundqvist. No one works harder, is more competitive or hates losing more than Lundqvist and Andersson showed that same passion, that same fire. He was the captain, played through a separated shoulder and nearly helped his team win. I'm sure Henrik Lundqvist will be excited to have that kind of player on the team, likely next season, and help mentor him.