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Markus Naslund | Winger

Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (44) / 7/30/1973
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 195
Drafted: 1991 / Rd. 1 (16) / Pit

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Markus Naslund will have his number 19 retired by the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.
It is quite an honor for Naslund who had 346 goals and 410 assists in 884 games for Vancouver. Former linemate Brendan Morrison, now with Calgary, has the night off and is making his way to Vancouver to attend the ceremony. "It's a very special night," Morrison said. "For me, to have the chance to be there and feel the emotion in the rink is something I'm going to remember for the rest of my life. I can tell my kids whenever we go to the rink again and his number is hanging up there that dad actually played with that guy. We had a lot of big years." The other member of the West Coast Express line, Todd Bertuzzi, can't make it as his Red Wings play New Jersey on Saturday. Congratulations to Naslund on the honor. Fri, Dec 10, 2010 09:45:00 AM

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The Vancouver Canucks will retire the number 19 in honor of Markus Naslund.

Naslund's number will be retired on December 11 at the newly renamed Rogers Arena. "For me, it was a no-brainer," Canucks GM Mike Gillis said. "We looked at a number of criteria, contribution to the team and community, all sorts of different things. I know Markus is absolutely thrilled to have his sweater retired in that manner. He was very honored and very excited. He did a lot here and these kind of things are very important to people and very important to their families. It will be a very significant night in the history of this franchise. I think it will be absolutely fantastic." Naslund played 884 games for the Canucks, scoring 346 goals and 410 assists. Congratulations to Naslund on the honor.
Thu, Jul 8, 2010 09:33:00 AM

Markus Naslund will lace up his skates again for MoDo in the Swedish Elite League.

"This season, I have followed MoDo from the stands and from the board table," said the formerly retired NHL veteran. "I will do everything in my power to get back in game shape, and I hope I can contribute to the team's success, but I'm sure everybody understands that you can't just jump in and dominate the league. I'm looking forward to playing with Modo again and of course, the fact that Peter [Forsberg] and I can do this together makes it even more special." Naslund attended the same high school as Forsberg in Ornskoldsvik and the pair played together on MoDo for four seasons.
Tue, Nov 17, 2009 04:08:00 PM

Markus Naslund has officially called it a career, announcing his retirement on Monday.

The 35-year-old veteran spent 15 seasons in the NHL, amassing 395 goals and 869 points in 1,117 games. "I would like to sincerely thank Glen Sather and the New York Rangers for giving me the opportunity this past season in New York," Naslund said in a statement. "I would also like to thank the Vancouver Canucks and all of their fans for their support over the 11-plus seasons I was a part of their organization, as well as to the Pittsburgh Penguins where I began my NHL career." Naslund saved the Rangers $4 million in cap space by retiring as they likely would have bought him out this summer. We wish the classy veteran the best.
Mon, May 4, 2009 08:47:00 PM

Markus Naslund has apparently told New York GM Glen Sather that he will retire effective immediately.

Naslund has decided to call it quits despite having one year left on a two-year $8 million contract that would have paid him $3 million for the 2009-10 season. The classy Swede did not want to put the Rangers in a position of having to buy him out for $2 million following a fifth straight season in which his production declined. Now how may athletes do you know that would have walked away from a payout of $2 million? We wish Naslund, who registered 869 points in 1,117 NHL games, all the best. He will be missed.
Sun, May 3, 2009 10:59:00 AM

Rangers GM Glen Sather has his work cut out for him this off-season.

Sather watched Jaromir Jagr, Martin Straka, and Brendan Shanahan leave the Rangers and off-season acquisitions Markus Naslund and Nikolai Zherdev failed to live up to expectations. The Rangers will have to try all over again to revamp their offense, but they'll have to do so without a lot of salary cap wiggle room. The Rangers already have $41 million committed to 10 players next season and still have to re-sign restricted free agents Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan and Lauri Korpikoski. The Rangers also need to have money left over to re-sign Marc Staal when he becomes a restricted free agent next year. Sather will probably be looking to dump one of the Rangers bloated contracts in the off-season, but that's easier said than done.
Sat, May 2, 2009 09:51:00 AM

Markus Naslund has a goal and three points in the Rangers' two playoff games.

Naslund is now riding a five-game point streak dating back to the regular season. "I think he's just let his game go," said coach John Tortorella. "When the staff first started, with him, there was a problem with the tempo, the speed we were trying to go, whether it was just confusion or what. All I know is that he's skating better, and I think he's much more confident with the puck. And he's playing well away from the puck, too." Naslund had a disappointing season, but Tortorella is looking for his veterans to step up in the playoffs. So far Naslund has managed to do just that and help propel the Rangers' to a 2-0 series lead over the Washington Capitals.
Mon, Apr 20, 2009 10:09:00 AM

Markus Naslund was playing through an injury Thursday.

Naslund's shoulder was still sore from a high hit he took during Tuesday's 2-1 victory over Minnesota. He missed Wednesday's practice due to the injury, but he scored a goal in just 12 minutes of play Thursday. "If it’s pain and I’m not ruining my chances to feel all right in the playoffs, I can get through it," Naslund said. "Thank goodness for pharmaceuticals."
Fri, Mar 27, 2009 07:17:00 AM

Markus Naslund was on the ice for less than 10 minutes Thursday.

Naslund received a penalty for interference halfway through the first period which resulted in a goal. He was then handed a too many men on the ice penalty before the conclusion of the period. Naslund has been scoreless in his last three games and has a disappointing 40 points in 68 games this season. "He's going to have to bring more," coach John Tortorella said. "He knows that. He's going to be there. If we want to get to where we want to be, he has to be an important guy for this club."
Sat, Mar 14, 2009 07:53:00 AM

Markus Naslund scored the only goal for the Rangers in a 2-1 loss to the Panthers Thursday night.

It’s the 19th goal of the campaign for Naslund. He has been in a slump, with only three markers in his last ten games. The Rangers have lost four straight games and are 0-2 under new coach John Tortorella.
Thu, Feb 26, 2009 10:32:00 PM

Markus Naslund potted his eighteenth goal of the season but it was not enough as the Sabres downed the Rangers 4-2 on Saturday night.

Naslund now has 18 goals and 18 assists in 60 contests this season. With the goal tonight, Naslund ended his four-game pointless drought. Nigel Dawes also potted a goal for the Rangers in tonight's defeat.
Sat, Feb 21, 2009 10:24:00 PM

Markus Naslund scored for the Rangers in their 5-4 shootout win over the Washington Capitals.

The goal gives Naslund 17 on the season to go along with 18 helpers. It was his third goal in his last eight games and we expect the vet to hover around the 50-point mark by the end of the regular season.
Wed, Feb 11, 2009 10:34:00 PM

New York Rangers head coach Tom Renney was not at all happy with the way the New York Rangers practiced on Wednesday.

The Rangers practiced for 30 minutes before Renney had had enough. He got rid of the pucks and had the players spend the last 30 minutes of practice doing sprints, crossover skating drills and rink-width laps. The punishment practice hopefully hit home for the Rangers. "It's not the first time I've been a part of that, but I guess that's what the coach felt was necessary to get his point across," Markus Naslund said. "We know we have to play better, we know we have to score. If Tom thinks we're not scoring because of a lack of effort, I guess that's why he asked us to skate." It should be interesting to see how the Rangers will respond to this. Their next game is Friday in Dallas.
Source: NY Post
Wed, Feb 4, 2009 03:41:00 PM

Markus Naslund has collected two goals and four assists in the past five games.

Naslund continues to play well with linemate Scott Gomez and the pair are lined up to have a big second half with a point-per-game clip within reach.
Source: NY Post
Wed, Feb 4, 2009 11:39:00 AM

Markus Naslund scored the Rangers lone goal in a 2-1 shootout loss to Atlanta.

Naslund continues to click with Scott Gomez, who assisted on the goal. Naslund has six points in his last five games.
Tue, Feb 3, 2009 11:14:00 PM

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